Thursday

Do It Yourself Clutch

Thanks to my friend Ashlye, who forwarded a great site my way. Classic Bride has a Do It Yourself (DIY) portion of their site, that offers some great projects! You know I love the project below- where Bride Emily won the DIY contest of the week for craft clutches for her bridesmaids. Be sure to follow instructions below to make some of your own!

Bridesmaid Clutches
Supplies:
- purse frame
- fabric (I like upholstery weight fabric for this project as it gives the clutches more stiffness)
- interfacing
- thread
- sewing machine
- cardboard

Step 1 Pick out your frame and use it as a guide to make a pattern. This may take some experimenting.
Step 2 Use your pattern to cut the fabric. Do this twice-once for the outside of the clutch & once for the inside.
Step 3 Also cut the pattern out of the interfacing.
Step 4 Iron the interfacing to the back of each piece of fabric.
Step 5 Put the fabric back-to-back
Step 6 Using the frame as a guide, fold over the fabric to hem. Iron to keep in place and then sew! Be careful to sew as close to the edge as possible so the stitches will stay under the frame.
Step 7 Do the same for the other sides.
Step 8 Attach tiny pieces of cardboard to the edges with strong glue. The cardboard helps to fill the frame and is useful for gluing. Allow to dry.
Step 9 Now add more glue to the other side of the cardboard and fit into the frame. I use a flathead screwdriver to make sure that all of the fabric is pushed into the frame.
Step 10 Rub the glue off the frame! Now you have beautiful clutches to match your beautiful bridesmaids!

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2 comments:

  1. Can you explain step 6 a little more? I'm running to Jo-Anne's as we speak...but don't quite understand that step

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  2. yay.. i cant wait to see the finished product.. i believe you just lay the frame out to see where you need to fold it over, to create a hem. You iron it 1st so the hem stays and then sew it!

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