DIY Mara Hoffman-inspired Clutch

I saw these bath mats on display outside what I can only describe as a hodge-podge-knick-knack-style homestore last weekend, I didn’t even need to think twice, I had to buy some (did I also mention, they were HK$5 each!?) They had DIY-inspiration all over them I didn’t know where to start, I’d seen the awesome Geneva from A Pair & A Spare fashion some into a bodycon dress and skirt but I decided to start with a clutch, mainly because I’m impatient and knew my new clutch would be ready within 30 minutes. As we move slowly (ever so slowly in this part of the world) into Autumn, I’m almost reluctant to let go of my bright and colourful wardrobe staples; that being said, I am really looking forward to some cooler weather so I can start layering up, wearing jeans and sporting more substantial fabrics. Therefore this bag is a way in which I can keep an element of that sunny bright summer disposition all year long.

What you need:

  • 2 small woven bath mats (these are made with strips of old t-shirts & other jersey garments, I’ve seen tutorials on Pinterest how to DIY them but I’ve just been lazy…it is on the “to-do” list though!)
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • White thread
  • Pins

How to:

  1. Line the mats up on top of each other vertically – the tassels should be at the top & the bottom.
  2. Fold the top mat in half and using the fabric scissors, carefully cut at the crease.
  3. Sew along the open “seam” where you just cut the first mat. This will hold the weaving in place.
  4. Line the mats up again with the half mat on top. Make sure they’re aligned correctly – you can hold them in place with pins.
  5. Sew the half mat onto the full mat all along the 4 edges – this will create a pouch.
  6. Fold the top half of the full mat over the pouch and you’re done!

So incredibly easy! I must be honest and say that my sewing machine did get clogged a couple of times when I was sewing up the half mat seam, but luckily, there was a second half I was able to work with…Phew! This DIY shouldn’t take you any time whatsoever and whilst my sewing machine decided to eat a little bit of fabric, it was a relatively stress-free experience. I love when DIY projects come together (relatively) effortlessly and especially if the end product looks like this – simply cannot wait to debut this little “goodie-bag” out in the world!

Happy DIYing!

xoxo  V.

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