Ita Bag

Ita bags are bags that have a transparent cover. They are great because every bag is different and personalized, depending on how you decorate it. Some people cover the bag with their husbando or waifu, while other people have themes like pastel colours. The rest of us just decorate it however we want!

I love ita bags because you won’t have the problem of losing pins or keychains, provided that they are inside the bag. There are different styles and sizes of ita bags. I decided to get a bigger one because I can fit my cosplays in there. I usually change into cosplay at conventions or photo locations. Plus, I have a bigger space to decorate. Safety pins are great for holding keychains and other things in place.

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How it works – there are two zippers.

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This one came with a band to hang keychains.

My ita bag will always be a work in progress, but here is how it looks as of right now:

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Since I got a bigger bag that I initially planned, I decided to include a variety of anime and other things. A lot of people decorate their ita bags with fake flowers. I decorated mine with an egg. I also have my Death Note and feather pen in there. They’re cosplay props, hahaha. You can see that I didn’t limit myself to only pins and keychains. You can do basically anything you want, and that’s what makes it a fun and creative DIY project. Small plushies are also popular.

If you’re curious about the things on my ita bag, they are:

  • sunny side up egg – originally a hair clip
  • Death Note – cosplay prop
  • feather pen – cosplay prop
  • Ryuk keychain (from Death Note) – originally a necklace
  • Rem keychain (from Death Note) – originally a necklace
  • Misa Amane keychain (from Death Note) – originally a necklace
  • Durarara!! button
  • Celty button (from Durarara!!)
  • Simon button (from Durarara!!)
  • Izaya button (from Durarara!!) x2
  • Mikasa button (from Attack on Titan)
  • Lelouch button (from Code Geass)
  • Dazai keychain (from Bungou Stray Dogs)

This is my third bag with anime accessories.

More Low-Budget Anime Cosplays

These are anime cosplays that I did not have buy anything for. I already had everything, either from previous cosplays or from my closet. I borrowed some small things from family members and friends.

1. Near from Death Note

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The wig might be the most expensive thing, but you can find $15 wigs online. Most of us own a white dress shirt and a pair of blue pants.

If you want props, you can get a die from a board game set. I borrowed dice from a friend because I rarely have company over. My Death Note has the rules and names of the characters from the anime in it, but if you can buy a black notebook and silver Sharpie marker to make your own Death Note. To be more accurate, I would make Gelus’s (Misa’s) Death Note because that is the one Near holds in the anime (instead of Light’s Death Note that you see here).

2. Kowaru from Neon Genesis Evangelion (casual)

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The plugsuits in Neon Genesis Evangelion would definitely be more expensive so you can cosplay as Kowaru in his casual clothes instead. Again, the wig is the most expensive thing. Most of us probably have a white dress shirt (short-sleeved), orange shirt, black pants and white shoes.

I borrowed the orange shirt from a family member.

3. Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul (coffee shop server)

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Kaneki with white hair is more expensive because of the mask, but you can cosplay as him with black hair. I already owned the white dress shirt, black vest and red tie. If you have short black hair, you don’t have to buy a wig.

The final thing is to make the eyepatch. I used two makeup remover wipes/sheets (dry) from Miniso and they were the perfect size. I didn’t have to cut them or anything. I also used a hot glue gun, hot glue gun glue stick, string, scissors and tape from home. Everyone’s face is a different size so I just put the string to my face and cut it accordingly. I taped the strings to one makeup remover sheet and then glued the second remover sheet over it.

If you are willing to spend money, you can buy elastic string instead. If you don’t have white string at home, you might as well buy elastic string for the eyepatch.

4. Tsukimi from Princess Jellyfish (pink sweater)

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I included Tsukimi in her grey sweater outfit in my first Low-Budget post. Since she has simple outfits, it is easy to cosplay as her. I already had the pink sweater, blue skirt, white socks and sneakers. The red glasses were used in her grey sweater outfit cosplay, and they were from the dollar store. Remember to push out the glass if they have prescriptions. You can also buy non-prescriptive glasses for very cheap.

The jellyfish plush is optional.


You can read my first low-budget anime cosplay post here. Remember that you can go to thrift stores or department stores like Walmart for cheap clothes. If you want something specific to a character but money is a concern, or if you are not willing to spend a lot of money on cosplay, you should definitely check out Buy and Sell cosplay groups in your community on Facebook! Happy cosplaying!

3 Cheap & Easy Anime Cosplays

Cosplaying can get pretty expensive, but here are three anime characters that shouldn’t cost you a lot of money! These might also be useful for those last minute conventions when you don’t have enough time to prepare for an elaborate cosplay.

1. Tsukimi from Princess Jellyfish

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If you have medium or long black hair like me, you can tie your hair into braids. I found my grey sweater in my closet. I already had Clara, the jellyfish plush, but that’s optional. All I bought for this cosplay were the red glasses from the dollar store. It was about $1.25. Here’s a tip: Remove the lens from the glasses! I wish I did that when I took this photo because it wasn’t the right prescription and I couldn’t see clearly. Tsukimi wears grey sweatpants, but I feel that a lot of people own this already.

Total cost = $1.25

2. L Lawliet from Death Note

I bought a short black wig for $5. A wig requires a wig cap, but I already own a couple. If you are a guy or girl with short black hair, then you can skip the wig. I used black eyeliner I already had, and wore a white long sleeve shirt and jeans from my closet. The Death Note was a gift, but you can buy a plain black notebook from the dollar store and use a silver Sharpie to write the words on the cover. The only other thing I bought was the lollipop, which is an optional prop. The lollipop was around $3.

Total cost = $5 ($8 including lollipop prop)

3. Shizuo from Durarara!!

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I bought the short yellow wig for around $4.90. I actually bought this one with L’s wig from the same seller but this price is rare. The rest of my wigs cost more.ย If you have naturally blonde hair that is short, then you can skip this step. I bought a black bow tie from Daiso for $2. I had the rest – the dress shirt, vest, pants, and shoes. Sunglasses would also be good.

Total cost = $6.90

 

Some words of advice:

– It boils down to how creative you are. There are many characters with simple cosplays, but it’s up to you to make it work.

– Don’t worry about the littlest details. To me, cosplaying is about having fun and there is always time to improve in the future.

– If you are on a budget, you may want to consider thrift stores. If you feel that you won’t wear the clothing item often but you need it for the cosplay, it’s definitely a cheaper alternative.

I hope this post was helpful. Have fun and good luck!

DIY: Clovers & Flowers

1. Four leaf clovers

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Step 1: Find four leaf clovers.

Step 2: Put transparent tape on both sides of the clovers to preserve them. Cut off the edges of the tape to keep it clean.

Step 3: Clip them. I’m using my Rilakkuma clips.

Step 4: Tie them to a string and hang them up. I’m hanging them above my computer, but you can hang them anywhere you like.

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2. Fake flowers

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Simply wrap fake flowers around your bed frame. There are lots of other things in the home you can do this with.

 

I hope you liked these easy DIY home ideas! See you next time!

My Photo Editing Apps

I currently use 5 in total. I take just about all my photos from my phone, Samsung Galaxy S4.

1. Camera360

Sample pictures:

2. Cymera

Sample pictures:

3. Instagram

I keep the app installed on my phone for the filters.ย 

4. PhotoCollage

Once I’ve added a filter to more than one photo, I can make a collage with this app. Or, I can make the collage first then add a filter later.ย 

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5. MeituPic

I use this app for the stickers, but I mainly just use the strawberry sticker.ย 

Have fun taking photos!

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Hitachiin twins from Ouran High School Host Club