DIY: Envelope Clutch

This is a quick explanation about how I made my envelope clutch.

I don’t know all the fancy sewing terms but I will do my best to present it as clear as possible so you can make some sense of this. It’s really super easy to make, hope you find it so.

This purse can be made using fabric but I used ‘soft’ leather to make it. If using fabric, you may have to add fusible interfacing in addition to the interior lining to give it weight otherwise the end result would be flimsy.

Basically, I used the materials in the above picture in making it: leather material for the main outer body, linning for the interior, press buttons (to prevent the flap from opening), black ‘soft’ leather material for the flower, a piece of brown plastic flower, needle and thread.
Apology: I did not take pictures when making the purse so I am going to demonstrate the process using brown paper.

First cut out a rectangle for your exterior material to the desired lenght, remember to add 1/2inch for seam allowance. For example, if you want the purse to be 10″ wide, then add 1″ (1/2″ for each side).
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I measured out 19″ as the lenght and 11″as the width, shown on the brown paper above

Then from one end of the material, mark 2 points on the ‘long’ side of your material. First point I marked was 6″ from the base and the second mark 12″ from the base of the material as shown below.
Note: This should be done on the wrong side of your material.

Fold the material from the first 6″ mark to meet the 12″ mark.
To get the envelope shape: From the 12″ mark, mark an inch from both ends as shown below and from the mark draw two lines to meet at the (topmost) center of the material. Cut out the excess material from below your lines to get a triangle at the topmost part.
 

Open or spread out your material, You should get something like the picture below after cutting out. You may choose to leave the tip of the envelope (triangle) pointed or fold it in like I did.
Now place your lining material for the interior on the outer material and cut out.

 Join the lining to the right side of the main fabric using a sewing machine or needle and thread. Sew up the three sides of the main body and then the flap. (Do not forget to note the points where you have the 6″ and 12″ marks as you would still need them).

Leave out some big enough space at the tip of the envelope. This is for turning out your material. Turn it out through the opening you left at the peak of the triangle and topstitch the same opening to close it.

Now you have one long piece of material.

Fold back again on the 6″ and 12″ marks, to make your envelope, right sides together.Stitch down the two sides of the envelope leaving the (finished) flap.

Turn it out again. Your final product should like this with the tip folded (if you wish):

If desired, you may leave your purse like this or may proceed to the next step to embellish it.

To make the flower embellishment, I chose a contrasting black leather material. You may refer to any of the tutorials online to make your fabric flower but this is what I did: I cut a strip of my black leather material and made pleats as shown below:

Then I held one end of the material and rolled it around, manipulating it into a flower and below is the outcome:

 I hand stitched it unto the lowest edge of the envelope; you may choose to use glue for this.

Then I attached a smaller brown plastic flower at the centre to finish off the look

Optional: you may add press button on the inner part of the purse flap to hold it down and prevent it from opening incessantly while you are up and about.

Ta-da.
You have your beautiful envelope clutch.

 
If you decide to make any, please feel free to share with us and do remember to link back too.

Cheers.

Something I Made… and Loved

As much as I love sewing and crafting, I decided a while back not to waste my time making what I do not really need or what nobody around me needs because you see,  time is very precious and a tiny fraction lost or wasted could not be regained.  Ever.

And though I am not a ‘bag person’ if you know what I mean but when I stumbled upon this tutorial on www.elmstreetlife.com,  I knew I had to make that small bow clutch. So I went about gathering the neccessary materials,  keeping the tutorial right in view.  And in the process of making the Bow clutch,  I came up with another concept which is really the simplest thing I had ever made (very few,  anyway).

Since this very simple thing came into being,  I had put it to good use several times; to church,  events, shopping,  etc and received complements. Oh yes.  I totally love making stuffs I can wear or use anywhere and at anytime.

Introducing the Bow Clutch and the Envelope Clutch purses.

You may visit Elm Street Life and search the tutorials for the bow clutch how-to.

For the (one pattern piece) Envelope clutch,  I decided this morning to use the picture as my DP and I started getting responses from friends who wants one.  Nevertheless,  I will still share the tutorial here as I have it ready on my Tab which I lately use for blogging. The only hitch is the Tab doesn’t work exactly like a computer system.  Been trying to manipulate and insert pictures where I want them but the device is intent on doing what it wishes,  which is inserting all the pictures at the tail end of the post. Nah,  not what I wanted.

So until I figure out how to properly do this,  I may have to wait until next week before putting the tutorial up using a laptop.

The beauty of these is that you can make them yourself provided you own a sewing machine and you are actually inspired to try and whatsmore, you can use absolutely any type of material or fabric.
For the Bow clutch,  skill level is intermediate (it requires inserting a zip which is really simple once you get them hang of it)

For the Envelope clutch,  skill level is basic or beginners. If I did it,  anyone can do it. Just one piece,  no zip.

Materials required.
Fabric of choice
Material for interior (linning)
Fusible interfacing
Zip (for the Bow clutch)
Press button (for the Envelope clutch)
Matching thread and needle
Sewing machine
Embellishments (optional)
Hot glue (optional)
Will share the tutorials hopefully next week so do check back.

If you have any question or comment,  send me an email on biolaleye@gmail.com.

Now out of the two,  pick your favorite.

Have a blessed week.

Peace.

DIY: An Adventure In T-Shirt Re-fashioning

Maybe the title should have been T-Shirt to T-Top or T-Shirt to Convertible T-Top (if there’s anything so called) but I settled for T-Shirt Re-fashioning.

So last saturday, there I was looking at Betty and thinking of how to put her through her rounds and I just happened to remember coming across this ”old” T-shirt belonging to darling hubby while I was rummaging in our closet 2 days ago. Couldn’t remember the last time I saw him in it and I decided to put it to some good use. (Didnt wait to obtain permission, though; he arrived after I finished and I even got him to take a few blurry pictures which I decided not to share here..lol)

I had an idea of what I wanted to convert it to so I set to work. Cutting, snipping and sewing. What I came up with is far from perfect but was quite easy to make and I love the feel (no be me make am?).

Pictures after the cut.

I hope I am coherent enough for you to get the process, still trying to learn how to put together patterns, tutorials, etc

From a large T-shirt

T-shirt Re-fashioning project

To an (almost) fitted ”convertible” Top

T-shirt Re-fashioning project

Convertible, as in I can wear it as an ”off-shoulder” top or as an ”on-shoulder” top..lol..coining my own terms on this journey.

I first snipped off the sleeves:

Next I marked my desired lenght (visible in pink) from the hem or bottom.
Then the top near the ribbed neck or whatever it’s called came off:

There are 3 pieces in the picture above: the second piece was used to construct the ‘drape’ which went round the shoulders while the third/last piece was the main body of the Top / Blouse.

I took a bit of measurement to figure out how tight / free I want it to be at the waist and bust, marked it out on the material, adding 1” seam allowance and I proceeded to sew straight stitches down the side.

To make the straps, I simply made use of the scraps cut off the side and cut off two equal pieces, folded each piece in half and sewed straight down the open edge. Then I turned it (inside)out using a safety pin and attached them to the top of the Top (no pun intended)

For the drape, I measured round my shoulders to get the desired lenght. I made use of the second piece from picture 5 above. After cutting and sewing down one side, I folded it over thrice, pinned and hand-stitched to give the folded look.

The finished ”off-shoulder” Top spiced with some accessories. Check the ”fold”. Don’t check the well on the Model’s neck. Don’t check the sweat patch too. The Model had been working for 30 minutes in a poorly ventilated space. (maybe that was why the Model chose to ”hide” her sweaty face)

I present to you the completed  T-shirt re-fashioning project.

T-shirt Re-fashioning project

T-shirt Re-fashioning project

Looks better in real life. Lol.

Converted to an ”on-shoulder” Top by simply pulling the ”fold” up to cover the shoulders:

Jazz it up with some sparkly heels, sling your bag over your shoulder or clutch your purse and head off with your patner or kids or friends to that outing…lol

Actually have a ”dressed-up” picture which I got hubby to take; he just came in from work and I hijacked him to take the pictures…the result = blurry pictures
Moral of the story: Never ‘contract’ a tired man as your photographer.

And, yes, you can shop the look. (Accessories, shoes, Top) Just holla at me and pronto…you have them.

I have two more T-shirts (hubby’s of course) that I plan working on in the coming days (or weeks). This time, I will ensure I take pictures along the way and put together a more coherent tut.

In the meantime, if you get to try your hands at refashioning any old T-shirt, please feel free to share here. You may send me an email on biolaleye@gmail.com

Datsall…from an imperfect-still-under-tutelage-seamstress.

PS: You don’t need to own a sewing machine to do this, could be hand-stitched. Get creative with those old, abandoned Ts and try your hand at one or two of T-shirt Re-fashioning.