Ahh the weekend! If you fancy engaging in a spot of DIY over these next few days, I have the perfect tutorial for you (if you have a sewing machine that is…). Huge thanks to the wonderfulness of Vic & Lilly (a fabulous online vintage store & great fashion blogger) for the inspiration, from which, I made myself a gorgeous, golden, gilded clutch simply using ribbons! Gotta love that!
What you need:
- 2 – 3 yards each of 5 different types of ribbon (try and pick a range of widths and patterns – I made sure to stay within a gilded “brocade” theme)
- 1 Zipper
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Scissors
- Tailor’s Chalk
- Begin by cutting the ribbons into individual strips. Decide how wide you’d like your clutch (mine is about 1 foot wide) and make sure you leave at least 1″ on either side.
- Once you’ve cut your ribbons, organize them in any particular order you like. Make sure each “side” is the same length – this will vary in the number of ribbon strips per side if you’re using different width ribbons (i.e. one side of my clutch is made up of 11 strips, whereas the other is made up of 9).
- Using a couple of pins, attach the ribbons together just above their edges. Using the sewing machine, sew the ribbons together to make a “sheet”.
- Repeat with the other set of ribbons to make the other “sheet”.
- Lay the 2 sheets side by side upside down, decide where you’re going to put the zipper and using the tailor’s chalk and ruler, line where you’re going to sew along all three sides of the clutch.
- Using the sewing machine, connect the two sheets with the zipper.
- Unzip the zipper (this way you will be able to flip the bag inside out when you’ve finished sewing), fold the sheets so that the outer sides are facing inwards and sew along the chalk line.
- Once you’ve sewed the bag together, trim the edges with the fabric scissors.
- Now you can then flip it inside out so that it’s facing the right way round.
So, I’m one of those people that if I start a DIY project, even if it’s at 11pm, I have to finish it before I go to sleep. Addiction? Obsession? Or simply impatience? Probably a mix of all three and this project was no exception, even though the boyfriend had gone to sleep I simply had to finish this clutch before I let myself creep into bed. And as if that wasn’t ridiculous enough, I then couldn’t wait to use my new clutch and styled my entire outfit the next morning around it!
A little tip for my fellow HKers, if this is something that tickles your fancy or you’re a ribbon fiend (I happen to be both) then definitely check out my absolutely fave ribbon store in HK – “Flying Dragon“: G/F 217 Yu Chau St, Sham Shui Po. Here, I guarantee you can get totally lost in ribbons!