So I am obsessed with the fold over clutches that are popping up everywhere. Like these by American apparel and by Clare Vivier:
But these bags, as simple as they are, break the bank. Instead. I am following the advice of ECAB (Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business) and Just B. It’s a DIY experiment folks. I am going to take ECAB’s tutorial on making the clutches and Just B’s refashioning ideas to make two spectacular, versatile bags.
Here is what these two crafty bloggers came up with:
All the materials you need can be bought at your local fabric store without a problem. Here’s what you need:
2 pieces of fabric both 13.5″ by 24″. (The fabric should be a heavier weight so you can get the necessary structure for the bag. I chose two types of linen.)
1 metal zipper
need and thread
…and maybe a thimble
I am not going to belabor you with the instructions on how to make these. I am no seamstress. Instead,I am just going to direct you to ECAB’s directions here. The directions are clear and simple, she even has images to help you. I had a bit of trouble with the zipper but I worked that all out. My DIY carry all clutch went a little like this:
Amazing how I went from having a zipper prepped to a whole bag! To be honest I was struggling and the prospect of photographing each step got to be a bit overwhelming. Next time folks I’ll give you the whole low down on how to do this.
Obviously my bag is a little wonky. But ladies (and the few gentlemen that probably read this), this was only take one of this DIY. I also purchased some white linen I am excited to use. For that bag I am thinking I will do the color blocking recommended by Just B. If linen isn’t your thing I am sure you could try you hand at this with some faux leather. That will be attempt three at these bags for me I think.
The grand total cost for this bag is a whopping $13.00. I’ll take $13.00 over upwards of $50.00 any day.
Thanks ECAB for the formula and thanks Just B. for the ideas.