How To Make An Easy Clutch (Video)

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Fellow crafty gal Tiffany Pratt (she, too, started a hands-on school in Toronto and New York!) published her first book, This Can Be Beautiful, and together we showed Tracy Moore and the Cityline audience how to DIY an easy clutch. Tiffany’s pillowcase clutch can be made in two different ways: sewn and no-sew.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
You know we love to give you options when it comes to our DIYs. So, we have got a clutch you’re going to want to try, whether you’re going to want to do it with sewing or no-sew. Denise Wild is here to show us the sewing way to do it, because she knows her stuff when it comes to sewing and using the machine. And then, of course, Tiffany, she told you she uses that glue gun for everything.

Tiffany Pratt:
I’m going to make a clutch with it, you know.

Tracy:
Make a clutch with it.

Tiffany:
It’s going to be legit.

Tracy:
This is going to be the no-sew version. So let’s start with no-sew–

Tiffany:
No-sew–

Tracy:
–for the folks out there like me.

Tiffany:
–page sixteen and seventeen in my book, “This Can Be Beautiful,” the idea is: you’ve got a pillow case, it looks like grandma’s house, but I love this stuff.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
I think this is a beautiful pattern. Everyone has towels and buttons. So this could be your liner, use your little button, and get to work.

Tracy:
Okay, so any towel–

Tiffany:
Any towel.

Tracy:
–that you’re not using anymore.

Tiffany:
Yep.

Tracy:
In the bathroom.

Tiffany:
Yep.

Tracy:
You can use that–

Tiffany:
I love the colors.

Tracy:
–and whatever pillowcase you have.

Tiffany:
And the textures. In the book, actually, this is the one that I made with the sister to this pillowcase.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
And look at that.

Tracy:
Let’s hold that up for them.

Tiffany:
Right? How fab!

Tracy:
Isn’t that a lovely clutch? So what I love is–

Tiffany:
Super fab.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
Yeah.

Tracy:
That’s great. I love the size. I love the fact that your flip-flops go in here. You take your flip-flops out when it’s, you know–

Tiffany:
Yeah?

Tracy:
–two, three in the morning and you cannot do it anymore.

Tiffany:
And look, you got a little–

Tracy:
Look at that.

Tiffany
–little cloth in here so if your flip-flops are sweaty, you know?

Tracy:
Yeah. You’re good. That’s so good.

Tiffany:
So all you have to do is literally just keep your pillowcase intact, because pillowcases have those finished edges, right?

Tracy:
Right.

Tiffany:
So you’re only really going to glue up the opened edge. And then I just go to town and I literally just trim the entire pillowcase with glue.

Tracy:
Okay.

Tiffany:
And you pop this puppy on top. So just take a little bit of time and you kind of fold it over and make is spesh–

Tracy:
Oh, okay.

Tiffany:
Right?

Tracy:
So you do want to actually have a– have a proper hemline there?

Tiffany:
Well, pretend. That’s what gluing is all about. You’ve got to pretend. You know? You just have to pretend that it’s cool–

Tracy:
Great.

Tiffany:
All the way around.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
And the idea behind this too is you could use it as a laptop bag.

Tracy:
Oh, yeah.

Tiffany:
It doesn’t have to be a clutch. Anybody of any gender or style can pick a fabric that they like and make this work. So it doesn’t have to be something that’s super girly–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
–and super feminine with all the fleurs, but–

Tracy:
Did you do anything to the fabric before you started working with it? Did you have to like, you know, preshrink it or wash it or–

Tiffany:
I mean, washing it is always a great idea. Especially, if you’re going to do something that you can’t wash it afterwards.

Tracy:
Yes.

Tiffany:
Like, gluing it, I won’t be able to wash this.

Tracy:
Got it.

Tiffany:
And then, the other side too – and Denise has a couple of amazing ideas on other ways that you can transform this and so it’s a little firmer.

Tracy:
Okay.

Tiffany:
The way I’ve done it here–

Tracy:
It’s still floppy.

Tiffany:
It’s still floppy, right?

Tracy:
Yeah. But you’ve got–

Tiffany:
So this is just– yes.

Tracy:
You’ve got the final product here, and what you’ve done is added some of this detail onto to the purse.

Tiffany:
And that’s just glued on.

Tracy:
It’s just glued on. It’s a little button, a little tassel.

Tiffany:
Little button.

Tracy:
She had some fun with that.

Tiffany:
Yeah.

Tracy:
And then it just opens like this and you’ve got that beautiful pop of red inside.

Tiffany:
And look at the sides.

Tracy:
Think of the gift you can give.

Tiffany:
Look at the sides, right.

Tracy:
Oh, yeah. I see.

Tiffany:
It’s just like jacked up groove.

Tracy:
Yeah, see you’ve got that contrasting edge.

Tiffany:
Yeah.

Tracy:
I like it.

Tiffany:
It’s kind of cute, right?

Tracy:
It’s very nice.

Tiffany:
So, if you wanted to– I mean, you can get on a roll and go crazy.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
You can make a whole bunch of them and all different fabrics, but the idea is just to kind of let it rip.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Tiffany:
Denise, however–

Tracy:
She’s got the sew stuff going on.

Tiffany:
She’s made it like legit.

Tracy:
I just like the fact that this is also one of a kind.

Tiffany:
It is. No one’s going to have that clutch.

Tracy:
That’s pretty cool as a gift. Okay, so let’s go see the legit version.

Tiffany:
Take apart your pillow. Go see the legit.

Denise Wild:
Exactly.

Tracy:
So, you’re going to be sewing this one.

Denise:
Yeah, and like Tiffany was saying, ‘you can get so creative.’ She kept it whole. What I’ve done is I’ve just gone through and cut this in half.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Because I’m going to make a smaller version. So, again, you’ve got this vintage pillowcase and we have our little towel. And what we’ll do–

Tracy:
And this is a pillowcase as well.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
So look at that.

Denise:
It was. I’m going to clip this side too, actually.

Tracy:
You know cute colors and then this towel that everyone has. I guarantee it.

Denise:
Exactly. You have these towels kicking around.

Tracy:
Right?

Denise:
And that’s what Tiffany’s was all about.

Tracy:
In mustard. In dusty rose.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
In emerald.

Denise:
Taking things that are already around in your house, or you hit up the thrift store and you find it and you can turn it into something great. So we take this when we’re sewing them together; you want your right sides together, because you’re going to sew around the edges.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And then turn it right-side out. So we’ll take this up.

Tracy:
You’re going to flip after–

Denise:
Exactly. It once we cut it, I’ll trim this one down.

Tracy:
Any special scissors you use for those?

Denise:
Fabric scissors!

Tracy:
Fabric scissors?

Denise:
Only fabric scissors.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Don’t let anyone touch your scissors that are made for fabric.

Tracy:
Yeah. They’re–

Denise:
Okay.

Tracy:
–special.

Denise:
I’m going to sew around all three sides. Flip it right-side out.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then ta-ta, because I already did that really fast.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
It will look like this. And then what you can do is–

Tracy:
Let’s show them what that looks like.

Denise:
–use the edge. So–

Tracy:
So you’ve got this going on and all she’s done is flip it inside out.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
But you’ve also got something in here to make it a little sturdy?

Denise:
Exactly. So if you want, you know, the floppy one, you can do that, or you can take cardboard or l like the little plastic placemats from the dollar store.

Tracy:
Oh, smart.

Denise:
They’re inexpensive. You can pop them in and then you have a little bit of stiffness and body to this.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
And then fold it in thirds and we’re going to sew up the sides. So just pop this under your sewing machine. So once you flipped, you sew around the three sides; turn it right-side out. You’ll do what’s called a top stitch. You’re, basically, just sewing around the edges.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Then fold it again in thirds and just sew down this one side.

Tracy:
So now you’ve got it so that this is an actual working clutch, which is cool.

Denise:
Exactly, exactly.

Tracy:
The same as Tiffany said though, ‘wash the fabric beforehand if you’re not going to be able to wash it afterwards’?

Denise:
You know what? Or don’t even wash it, if you don’t have time, because you’re not going to be washing the clutch.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So, if you want, you could even just do it just like that.

Tracy:
And look at how easy that is.

Denise:
So that’s the one side. We’ll just do the same thing to the other–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–it flips down. I got creative doing this at an angle. And, again, look at all these cool pillows that you can find.

Tracy:
Very cool.

Denise:
And just make them into a clutch from Tiffany’s book.

Tracy:
So, I’ll show you this one first. And then that one opens up to this.

Denise:
Oh, yeah!

Tracy:
See, you’ve got that nice pop of orange.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
Orange in there, which is cool. And then this one you’ve added a little button to the front, but you’ve got that fringe, I think that’s cool from the pillow.

Denise:
Exactly. You’ve using–

Tracy:
Very nice!

Denise:
–what you already have and just making it creative. Making it look great.

Tracy:
I love it. I love all of them. This is good. Good gift ideas as well, right?

Denise:
Yes. Perfect.

Tracy:
Very nice.

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    • Denise Wild

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed reading it! 🙂