Monday, April 4, 2011

DIY: Clutch

As I mentioned Friday, I was hoping to grab one of the bright clutches from American Apparel (see here) but they were out. Enter forecast of Sunday rain and thunderstorms - commence crafty party time in my house! :)

Here is the result - I am so in love, and am now contemplating how many other colors I need.


Here is astep-by-step tutorial of how I created this handbag - which will be perfect for running around town with!!!!

Supplies: Leather (Faux super soft, bright colored), Scissors, Books & Magazines as size reference, crazy color zippers, pins (Not shown & used - marker and ruler).


Measure & Cut - give yourself extra room for a seam allowance. Fold fabric in half - line spine of book up with crease and then measure around.  We will use the crease as bottom edge of the bag.

Fold 'right sides' together (Have the purple that will end on the outside folded to face each other). Separate edges slightly, now pin zipper in place. **Be sure your zipper is 'right side' down** we will sew so you can see the stitch with the bag is complete.  Pin in place at center of bag and then sew first side - go at a slow-med speed. For thicker fabric the slower speed will ensure the stitch gets through and holds.

Now we will sew the other side. Pin and sew. (If you look closely you can see my black thread from the other side of the zipper - I tried to stay close to the edge, so when we complete the bag a good amount of the contrasting zipper will show)

Now the easy part, hold the top edges together to aline the outside edges and then sew up the sides! Flip bag right side out et volia!!!! Mes amis tu es fini! (My friends you are finished!) 


I made a smaller one with a red/silver zipper. And a large handbag size with a bright almost neon yellow zipper (I made the zipper about only half the distance across the top and it is not as prominent as the red. However, the pop of yellow is unexpected and perfect!)


My small stock of brights and neons are starting to add up!!! LOVE!!!

PS- I added some 'light ends' at the salon on Saturday...me loves!!!!!! Oh I verge on wanting to be blonde again! :) 

34 comments:

  1. Wow! Nice work! I love the bright purple color you picked!

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  2. What a clever idea. I love the red with the purple.

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  3. You are brilliant and I love the color combos!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  4. i can't believe you did that yourself...WOW. i am so impressed! it's so pretty and looks uber-professional :)

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  5. Wow- very impressive! You're amazing and I think it looks better than a lot of the originals!! Good work.
    Xx

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  6. Amazing T! You are quickly becoming the DIY queen!! Love it....and wanna see your hair! xo

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  7. Wow, WHAT an amazing DIY tutorial - you are so talented and did a great job! Just found your blog and love it <3

    www.featherfactor.com

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  8. You did an excellent job!! I love the contrasting zippers.
    I love clutches and thought about getting a funky colored one from American Apparal, but this might be better because it gives a chance to go to the fabric store. Now I just have to wrangle the sewing machine from my mother.

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  9. UHM hello, I LOVE this!! Where did you get the faux leather? At any fabric store?

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  10. Taylor you killed it - I love it!! Girl you are turning out some wonderful DIYs lately. Move west young lady!

    xo,
    Carrie

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  11. You did great - I love it! When are you going to start selling your DIYs? :)

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  12. I'm obsessed. You're so crafty! These are absolutely adorable, and I think you should most definitely start selling your DIYs -- you're super talented!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  13. You ladies are BEYOND SWEET!!! I am thinking of starting an online store (via the blog or Etsy) will let you guys know!

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  14. o look at you fancy pants! make an etsy store! i love this clutch! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

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  15. Love this! And I was totally on board with trying it until I saw the sewing machine....maybe I'll get my sister to make me one. :)

    http://chicagoquirk.blogspot.com

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  16. SO impressed. Where am I when you are doing these projects? Why was I not invited?! RUDE! ;) I don't have a sewing machine. You do. Let's make it happen. Girls day/night? Crafting and wine? You're in? GREAT! Ha.

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  17. o.m.g.

    i'm going to make this asap!! thank you thank you thank you! i've been lusting for that same bag for-evah. now i can make as many as i want my damn self.

    you're the best!

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  18. wow taylor great job! What a fun project on a rainy day and I love the photos you took too!

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  19. you make it look so easy-mine would not turn out that good! but if you open an etsy shop i'll be first in line for sure! post a pic of your new hair too!

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  20. This looks amazing! I'm so impressed. It definitely doesn't look "homemade". Do you sell your stuff on etsy?

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  21. OK, a little late today here, crazy day at work, but I am sooo impressed. I love it!

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  22. Why, why did I not learn how to sew????? Despite the fact that my grandmother and all of my aunts know?

    I may need to recruit my grandma for this DIY. You agree??

    You did a terrific job!!

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  23. love. i may just have to dust of my sewing machine and learn how to use it!

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  24. wow that is SOOO amazing! Totally inspired!

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  25. Thanks Taylor for sharing. I did one today and it was a little rough but for my first one not too bad. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Myrna
    http://mybeatboutique.blogspot.com/

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  26. It looks amazing :)

    I made a list of Clutch tutorials on my blog <3
    You're in it, hope thats okay :)
    http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.com/2012/02/lot-of.html

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  28. How much faux fabric did you use? Would you get about a yard to have enough?

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