The concept for this clutch has been tumbling around in the back of my mind for months. It all started when I stumbled across Leah Singh's line of cute, colorful clutches, and then it took off like a goosed duck from there. I was so enamored with her playful patterns and cheerful colors that I wanted to create something similar myself.
Since I'm not quite a whiz at embroidery just yet (although I did do quite a bit of "investigative research" on Pinterest) I decided to stick with something much easier: paint! All it takes is a couple yards of fabric and some paint and you're in business.
Let's get started, shall we?
12 inch zipper
Water-based fabric paint (I use this kind. It's amazing, cheap, and comes in a million colors)
1/2 yard fabric for lining, cut into two 12.25 x 12.25 inch pieces
1/4 yard white cotton canvas, cut into one 12.25 x 12.25 inch piece and two 1.25 x 1.5 inch pieces (not pictured).
1/4 yard faux leather, cut into one 12.25 x 12.25 inch piece
Disappearing fabric marker for tracing and cutting out your pieces
Before you get started assembling your bag, cut out all your fabric pieces and iron them if necessary (especially the white canvas, which is much easier to paint when wrinkle-free).
Next, paint your canvas. There is no rhyme or reason to this. I simply laid my canvas on a piece of cardboard and went to town. I used three colors - light pink, hot pink, and orange and mixed them as I went along. I found it much easier to paint if the canvas was slightly damp because it didn't absorb as much paint, making it go farther. When you're finished, set your piece aside and let it dry for about 30 minutes.
Is your paint dry? Good. Now it's time to assemble your bag (see the step by step images above for guidance).
- We'll start by covering the ends of our zipper. Unzip your zipper about halfway. Take one 1.25 x 1.5 inch piece of canvas and lay it right side down over the end of your zipper.
- Pin it in place and stitch across the teeth of your zipper right where the zipper ends. If you're stitching over a metal zipper like me, go slow so you don't break a needle or simply stop sewing when you reach the teeth, backstitch to complete your stitch, and then pick it back up on the other side of the teeth. This will keep you from messing up your thread tension.
- Trim the end of your zipper just beyond the end of the teeth. Fold the small piece of canvas end over end and pin. Topstitch across the teeth again.
- Do this with the other end of the zipper, making sure the entire length of the zipper (including the covered ends) is roughly 11 inches.
- Place your piece of leather right side up, then center your zipper along one of the edges face down so the right sides are touching. Lay a piece of your lining face down on top of the zipper. Pin into place.
- Stitch together being careful not to get too close to the zipper teeth. Trim excess fabric. When you're done, do the same on the other side of the zipper using your painted canvas and remaining lining piece.
- Next, flip the bag over so the right sides are facing up. Top stitch along the edge of the zipper so it lies flat.
- With the zipper still opened to halfway, pin together the matching pieces with right sides touching (i.e. pin your leather piece to your canvas and your two lining pieces together) leaving a 3 inch gap at the bottom corner of the lining to turn your bag right side out. Sew around the outside of the bag.
- When you're done, put your hand in the gap of your lining and turn your bag right side out. Hand stitch the gap in your lining shut. Use a blunt knitting needle or a corner turner to poke the corners out.
Attach a tassel and voila! You have yourself a cheeky folded clutch.
And now for some outtakes, because it's my blog and I can do what I want.
Ok, show's over.