Hello to all my lovely readers,
I wanted to share this simple studded clutch purse project I did. Its my first DIY accessory so I am really excited about it. I made this clutch to go with my Eid outfit. I wasn't about to spend a penny on a white hand bag, so I decided to make myself my very own personalized clutch. It was either that or show up to Eid celebrations with a white plastic bag. Ha ha. Okay just kidding, but I really liked the idea of making my own clutch, so I went for it. When I make my own stuff it always means so much more to me because of the fact that its not a store- bought item, but rather something I put my time and energy into making. So fulfiling. I mean hey, I'm the type of fashionista who would certainly love to have a new designer handbag for every occasion, but I'm just a creative person by nature, that's why I heavily engage in arts and crafts activities and tutorials. This particular project is a fun alternative to acquiring a brand new handbag, in this case a cute clutch. By simply utilizing old fabrics that I already own and a few studs I bought in town, I was able to easily create an original accessory piece in just a few simple steps. Its a really creative way to update my wardrobe in a cost-effective manner.
I used three types of fabrics:
1. A white stiff, netted fabric to line the inside of the bag. This would also serve to give the clutch its soft but rigid structure as opposed to being sloppy.
2. An off-white, soft but slightly stiff iridescent organza material for the clutch itself.
3. A white translucent lace-like material to cover the clutch to give it a bit of sexy classy feel.
I used a sheet of newspaper to draw out the pattern of the clutch I wanted. Below you can see the exact dimensions I used for my clutch.
This is what my clutch would look like in terms of height and width. Satisfied, with the prospective clutch, I then proceeded to the next step.
I used the newspaper pattern to cut out an exact pattern in all three fabrics.
I cut out two patterns each in both the stiff netted fabric as well as the silky iridescent fabric so I ended up with five pieces of fabric in total.
Once I had my five pieces, I pinned them all together.
I sew all five fabrics together.
I folded the clutch along the corners. I used pins to hold the clutch together until I was ready to glue the clutch together using fabric glue. This is a front view of the clutch.
Back view of the clutch.
I piped the edges of the clutch's flap using the iridescent organza fabric.
I used pins to hold the piping in place until I was ready to glue it into place.
I also piped the inside of the clutch, to make the inside a bit more elegant. I used pins to hold the piping in place until I was ready to glue the fabric together using fabric glue.
I used gold studs to stud the clutch. I got them at a store in the city called "Imagination" at a dozen pieces for $5 TTD. This is equivalent to USD83¢
I also decided to pipe all the raw edges on the clutch and add some straps across the front of the clutch using the iridescent organza fabric.
I sew by hand, a piece of Velcro tape on to the clutch
to keep the clutch secured upon closing it.
After all the work was done on the clutch this is what the final product looked like.What do you think?
Voila! Off to the Eid celebrations with my self made clutch.