4.11.2011

Daily Threads: A New Clutch




top: tj maxx {similar}, shorts: target {similar}, cardigan: belk, shoes: jack rogers
chains: self-made, watch: fossil, clutch: self-made

So this cardigan definitely wasn't necessary, but my arms aren't ready to make a debut. Just wanted to throw that out there. Moving on, I feel like I have been seeing large, simple zip clutches all over the Internets lately. When I spotted this American Apparel one I almost gave in, but found a couple DIY tutorials that seemed simple enough that I could try and hopefully save myself about $45. And I did. 

It's definitely not perfect. In fact, it's no where close to perfect, but it will do. It was only the second item I've ever sewn, so I'm actually counting it as a true success. I got my fabric (vinyl) from Jo-Ann's and there were several gorgeous colors I wanted to grab, but I didn't want to get ahead of myself. So I only got one. And the most neutral one I could find. There was a deep blue that I may have to go back and snag and give this clutch a second go! 

If you have superior sewing skills, you should definitely give this project a try. If you have beginner sewing skills (that's me) this tutorial was great, but I'd definitely say do additional research. I like to have options of how to do things, so I combined about three different tutorials. Good luck!

50 comments:

Fashion Momma said...

Linley! That clutch is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the tutorial link. I'm definitely gonna give this a try!

Ava said...

Great job...looks store bought to me!

Eclectic Flair said...

It looks pretty good to me!!!:D Sending a high five your way for taking on this project, I would have never thought of making my own clutch!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

GoodFrameofMind said...

I love those sunnies and great job on the clutch - so talented, success in my book :)

Morgan said...

Love the green and the clutch is adorable!

Holly said...

good job! look at you ya new sewer!

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Kuleigh said...

I love that clutch! I know what you mean about not being ready to debut your arms for summer. It's weird in Spring after they've been covered up for so long.

Amy said...

Adorable clutch! Way to go on being all domestic and sewing!

amy day to day

Helena said...

I think your clutch looks great. I could never pull it off, I'm too lazy to carry around my bags (should straps and backpacks for the win!)

Terrie Mathison said...

That is a fantastic clutch! Good for you for making one and saving money.

I want to say I LOVE your hair in this bun. How did you do it?

Thanks!

kelseywilliams said...

Nice work! It looks great. I saw your talk about that clutch on Twitter so when I saw this post, I was wondering if you made it or bought it! :)

Miranda said...

That sweater is lovely, great color on you!!

Miranda
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Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

What a lovely clutch, so chic.

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emma basilone said...

I love this outfit! Love the green (I know what you mean about your arms, if you look at my last post I was scared to show my arm band from donating blood because I am like see-through haha)<3

& I love that clutch, great job!!

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Ruby Girl said...

this outfit is darling! necessary or not, the cardi adds a lovely pop of color. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

CessOviedo said...

Cute clutch! I recently did one my self, can't believed I managed to narrow to a little bag! Love the little sailor look on the outfit, the green cardi might have not being necessary but love the wau it pops out!

Cess O. <3
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Melody said...

the clutch looks good!! I've been seeing them everywhere too, I haven't tried to do it myself yet cause I'm not great at sewing. But i might just try it today!

Dawniebee12 said...

I'm impressed. That's so cool that you are so handy like that. I'm lucky if I can sew a button. I want a white watch so bad. How do you like it?

Dawniebee12 said...

I'm impressed. That's so cool that you are so handy like that. I'm lucky if I can sew a button. I want a white watch so bad. How do you like it?

Natalie and Lee said...

Just found your blog and saw you are now in AL! That's where I'm from! Every blog I go to, they are from Texas (which I adore Texas) but it's cool to find blogs from AL! Precious outfit!! :)

Jessica said...

You definitely can't tell the clutch isn't perfect--that's what matters, right? :)

I love the green cardigan. I think it makes the outfit more interesting and it really pops.

Nicola said...

Love this clutch! It looks great, you should count it as a success:) x

kimmie said...

Oh my goodness, Linley, you are amazing. It looks fantastic!

Sarah said...

Ooh I've really been wanting to make a clutch, I'll have to try out this tutorial. Yours turned out awesome! Also two DIY items in one outfit, I'm impressed.
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Chloe Rushworth said...

I'm in love with your clutch and your cardi.

Gorgeous.

C x

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JennaStevie said...

Looove the clutch, such a nice size too! I may have to give this one a go. That cardigan is such a great colour!
xJennaD

Monique said...

I have that watch!!


Monique xx

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Brooke said...

Love the clutch! You did a great job. I'm just learning to sew... think I may need to try the tutorial out!

aaez said...

wow well done, i MUST try this!!!

-aaez

maggie said...

LOVE the Jack Rogers!! I recently got a pair for my birthday and have found about a billion outfits to wear them with .. including some for work:)

Mandy said...

From what you posted, I think the clutch looks great, especially with the outfit. I'm so jealous it's warm enough where you are to wear shorts~

Giuseppina Lubrano said...

omg so cute! love it! i think you did a great job :)

Sandy a la Mode said...

love the pairing of colors, and your clutch is fabulous!

Kristen said...

Love the green cardi with the navy stripes - so fresh for spring! And the clutch is gorgeous, naturally. :)

The Natty and Jessie Show said...

Nice work on the clutch! It looks great! Loving the pop of green too! So summery!

Melanie said...

I might have to try that out. It's so cool! And I love your cardi, even if it wasn't totally necessary.

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Alison said...

Loving the clutch and the outfit! You did such a great job on the clutch- I can't believe you made it yourself! Props to you for an awesome diy!

Bekah: Matters of Merrymaking said...

I thought you were amazing before, but now I know its true. I love this so much. I wish I had a sewing machine... I'm curious, what did your project cost compared to the AA one?

Melissa said...

Is it required to have some type of skills to start? Because I have none. Like, zero.

That green cardigan is gorgeous on you! I love that color, it's a perfect spring green.

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Virginie Lavallée Bélanger said...

Wow, good job on making that clutch! That type of material most ne challenging too.

I start reading the post, it says "this cardigan definitely wasn't necessary..." and I'm like dang! I'm still wearing a tuque on most days over here. I need to visit you lovely down south bloggers!

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Shellsea said...

Hiya, I just found your blog today. I love it. Your style is so great. Can't wait to read more.

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Shellsea said...

Also I'm following you now :)

Keira L. said...

Great job, Linley!!

Cait said...

That clutch looks perfectly slouchy and large. Maybe I will have to make a trip to Jo Ann's. Love the bright green sweater.

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JB said...

You MADE that? How awesome! I seriously must learn to sew.

meghan said...

love the clutch. it looks great!

Kate said...

I looove that shade of green! It just pops! Such a cute little cardigan! And great job on the clutch!! That's so awesome that you made it! I am a total failure when it comes to sewing, but yours turned out great!

Angeline said...

That's beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial link. I need to use my sewing machine more!

beverly said...

thank you so much for posting the link to the tutorial. i've been wanting one for a while now so i'm definitely going to have to give it a try!