Today I decided I would write a DIY blog post! I love creating things myself and I thought this would be a great way for me to share my creations with y’all! While I was browsing around TJMaxx the other day, I happened to see this placemat on clearance for JUST $2.00. This gave me just the inspiration I needed to create this post!
DIY Fashion Clutch Tutorial
I decided I would try to make a clutch out of the placemat I found because WHY NOT! I’ve seen semi-similar clutch DIY’s around the internet, but I feel like mine is super simple and has very few steps. This is a DIY post on how you can make one too! It took me less than an hour to make and only includes a little bit of hand sewing.
I rounded up the few supplies I used for this tutorial! Instead of using gray thread, I used white thread even though my placemat was gray. This ended up being okay because the thread ends up going between the weaves of the mat and virtually disappearing. All the supplies I used (minus the placemat) are linked below:
- Placemat (Any color. Mine is 22in around half of it) (I didn’t link it because most places want you to only buy a SET online and it’s cheaper to just buy one by itself)
- 22in Zipper (Can be invisible or not. I like the invisible look more)
- Pins (Any kind, I have these flat head ones from Hobby Lobby)
- Needle & Thread (Any color. I just chose white and it blended in well)
1. Fold your placemat in half to see how it would look once it’s completed.
2. Lay out your placemat and your zipper to make sure they’re the same length. I happened to get lucky with this because I just guessed what length would be best!
3. Iron out your zipper and then separate it to begin pinning it to your placemat.
4. To make sure you remember where the center of your placemat is, mark it with a pin.
5. Pin the first half of the zipper to one side of the placemat.
6. Start to stitch the zipper to the first side of the placemat.
7. Your stitches can be spaced about half an inch apart and still work perfectly. This is how it will look.
8. Start sewing up the second side of the zipper and zip it continuously as you go up the side.
9. Check to make sure it’s sewn up well on each side. I had a small gap at the end but it’s perfectly fine that you do!
10. You’re all done!
Now you can wear your clutch out and about! I thought styling it with the look below would really show off the gray of the clutch and I was right. For my look, found this ruffled top at Fab’rik in Savannah, GA! My skirt is from J.Crew and I found it last winter on sale!
Below is is how I styled my clutch:
I hope y’all enjoyed this super simple DIY Fashion Clutch Tutorial! As you can see, it’s mega-cute and works with so many outfits! I styled mine with this look and got so many compliments in person and on my Instagram. It’s months later and I still use this photo as a blog icon AND more recently as a photo on my portfolio website! My professors were very impressed that I ended up making this.
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