DIY Two-Tone (P)leather Clutch

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

How to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Pin one side of the zip to the underside of one of the leather sheets (along the corresponding side) and sew along the line.
  4. 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.
  5. Fold the sheets together, the undersides facing outwards.
  6. 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.
  7. Flip the clutch back the right way round – pleather sides should now be facing out and the clutch will be two-toned.
  8. Using the tailor’s chalk, draw a chevron zig-zag across the middle of one side of the clutch.
  9. Using the contact adhesive, glue a row of crystals along the chalk line.
  10. Continue glueing alternating coloured rows of crystals below the initial line to create a chevron effect.
  11. 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!

Happy DIYing!

xoxo  V.

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