So I’m back to blogging after taking a week’s hiatus out of respect for the HK mourning period for the Lamma Ferry Disaster. My thoughts are still & always will be with those affected.
But back to the task at hand, it’s a new week and I’ve got a fabulous little DIY tutorial to share. Now I must put a disclaimer on this – you’re probably going to love it but, in order to make it, you’re going to need a sewing machine! Sorry! I obviously know not everyone has access to a sewing machine, which is why I try to keep these such tutorials to a minimum but this DIY is just so awesome I couldn’t not share it! So, for my fellow sewing machine-wielding friends, have at it – this DIY is very quick and easy. And for those of you who don’t (or can’t be bothered) to sew, pass this tutorial onto one of your sewing buddies with a cupcake and a smile (works every time!)
What you need:
- 2 different colour pleather sheets (about 1 ft² each) – I used beige and a darker tope colored sheets
- Fabric Scissors
- Tailor’s Chalk
- Medium-Long Zipper
- Sewing Machine
- Flat based crystals – 4 different colours, about 50 each
- Contact Adhesive
- Measure the zipper and using the tailor’s chalk draw a line of the same measurement at the base of one of the pleather sheets.
- Measure and cut out a square from each sheet – I measured out two sides to the same length as the zipper (with an inch slack either side) and the other two sides about 10-11″ (with an inch slack either side).
- Pin one side of the zip to the underside of one of the leather sheets (along the corresponding side) and sew along the line.
- Pin the other side of the zip to the underside of the other leather sheet and sew. The two sheets of pleather should be attached via the zipper now.
- Fold the sheets together, the undersides facing outwards.
- Sew along the lines you’d drawn earlier, connecting the sheets to make the clutch. When you finished, you clutch will simply be inside out.
- Flip the clutch back the right way round – pleather sides should now be facing out and the clutch will be two-toned.
- Using the tailor’s chalk, draw a chevron zig-zag across the middle of one side of the clutch.
- Using the contact adhesive, glue a row of crystals along the chalk line.
- Continue glueing alternating coloured rows of crystals below the initial line to create a chevron effect.
- Leave to dry overnight.
You could very easily embellish both sides of the clutch with crystals but personally I kind of like leaving one side blank – it basically makes the clutch a two-in-one job! Perfect for when it comes to versatility and “re-wear value”! Loved making this bag and I’m sure I’m going to love using it even more!