She Folds Fabric In Half And What She Does Next Is Genius. Watch!

I have had my share of too many “too expensive” clutch purses, fashion was going to be the death of me and my bank account

So I always found that the purses I spent hundreds of dollars on were never the right size or I couldn’t get it on sale, or I just rarely used it; I mean it was always something. That’s when one of my friends came to one of our girl’s night out with a beautiful clutch and I, of course, asked her where did she buy it. Lo and behold she said she MADE IT HERSELF. Excuse me? Seriously I was floored because the purse was just darn beautiful and in no way resembled a home economics project. I have attempted in the past DIY body scrub, a DIY face mask for dry skin, even DIY hair oil! But I have never attempted…a DIY clutch purse. That was all about to change because I too wanted to save money and still look like I bought my stuff from Kate Spade! This was going to either make me look really, really good or look really, really bad, but I was willing to take the risk and I started preparing for my very first fashion project.

I started by looking at what fabric I would be going to use, I eventually decided on a piece of lovely printed kimono silk. Then I selected some padding that would help keep the shape of the bag, a piece of cloth the same size as the silk (this is the lining of the bag) the right threads and sewing needles, a small bowl to help me with the rounded corners, scissors, pencil, ruler and a spray adhesive. I started with the padding first which I smoothed out and then I folded it into three parts (the bag itself and the flap), I used a pencil and I wrote on it (flap, front, back, etc.) so it would keep me always working on the correct surface. Next, I used the small bowl on the edges to give me a nice rounded look and it would allow me to sew my little darts accurately (you can see how I went about this in my video). Next, I folded the padding in half (sideways) because I wanted my clasp that would close my bag to be fully centered, it’s a sure way of getting that part right. It was time to place my pattern on top of the fabric and I used the adhesive spray to keep it in place (there will be excess fabric on the sides at first, don’t worry I am trimming that down). After I have marked where the clasp is on the fabric, just using a bit of tape (so my needle wouldn’t accidentally go over it and break), I place my bag over the lining so I can cut it exactly to the measurements of my purse (I stitch my purse sides, corners, and darts up after I measure for the lining). When you get to this part, remember that when you fold it, it’s right-side together, next I stitch my corners and sides up, Lastly, I put the lining into my bag and began to sew the edges together (the clutch was turned inside-out) and then flipped it back on the right side and then I ran my stitches along the openings and closed up the bag (forever). My bag was finished and it had the depth to hold my items, it was beautifully seamless and no one would know that it wasn’t bought in a store!.

Choosing the threads and the needles for my clutch purse | DIY clutch purse

Choosing the threads and the needles for my clutch purse | diy clutch purse

You can choose what color fabric and thread you want to work with for your diy clutch purse. I wanted a printed silk and like colors for the threading.

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Selecting the padding that’s going to help the purse keep its shape. | cool diy

Selecting the padding that's going to help the purse keep its shape. | cool diy

For the structure of the purse to be sound, you need some malleable padding for this cool diy. It’s inexpensive and you can’t leave this part out of this project!

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Laying out my cut padding for my clutch purse. | diy blueprint for clutch purses

Laying out my cut padding for my clutch purse. | diy blueprint for clutch purses

So yeah, this could be called your diy blueprint for clutch purses going forward, I put the padding down on a flat surface and I was ready to begin creating my design.

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Fold the material over in three parts to begin. | diy crafts step by step

Fold the material over in three parts to begin. | diy crafts step by step

I folded the padding into three parts, with the flap portion slightly shorter than the body of the bag (diy crafts step by step).

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Using a small bowl to give me nice rounded ends.

Using a small bowl to give me nice rounded ends.

You can use anything that has a rounded edge for this part of the design, I just prefer a small bowl, it’s simpler and always accessible for me.

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Using my pencil I am creating my markings that will be cut for the design.

Using my pencil I am creating my markings that will be cut for the design.

I used my pencil to mark off the rounded corner and create the dart design that will go on the corners of the clutch purse.

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A ruler is helpful because I need to be straight with the dart locations.

A ruler is helpful because I need to be straight with the dart locations.

My ruler helped me keep my corners and lines straight for the work that was about to come.

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Time to cut along the lines and see how we did with our measurements!

Time to cut along the lines and see how we did with our measurements!

Using sharp scissors I held the padding firmly between my fingers and began to cut along the lines that would start giving the purse its shape.

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Look at those markings, the corners are almost done.

Look at those markings, the corners are almost done.

After I cut the corners and the dart pieces out, it started to look like it was about to be a purse and not just a piece of material.

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My cute purse is finally looking like a purse right?

My cute purse is finally looking like a purse right?

Alrighty! So now that I have all of the cutting done, I had to see where the clasp was going to be set.

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I used a magnetic clasp that I stitched on the inside of the padding (flap)

I used a magnetic clasp that I stitched on the inside of the padding (flap)

Feel free to use a button, hook, whatever you may have to close your clutch. I wanted magnetic closures because it’s less of a hassle for me.

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I used a fabric adhesive to adhere my padding to my fabric.

I used a fabric adhesive to adhere my padding to my fabric.

Again, you can pin this down, I wanted it to stay put and not move at all, so I found the adhesive was more my style.

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Marking off where I put the magnet on the clasp.

Marking off where I put the magnet for the clasp.

You can use a piece of tape to mark where you have your closure because I have a magnet, I had to use bright green tape so my needle won’t accidentally run over it and break.

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Optional quilting for the purse, I wanted some swirls!

Optional quilting for the purse, I wanted some swirls!

This is optional and you do not have to put any quilting on your clutch if you don’t want to, my bag needed more character and I felt some quilted swirls would be just what the designer ordered! (smile)

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Our finished “to die” for a clutch purse!

Our finished

Fashionistas we completed our very first diy clutch purse and it’s just as nice as Michael Kors and Kate Spade’s collection! Congratulations on saving yourself all that money!

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