Have you ever watched Home and Family on the Hallmark channel? It's very informative and sometimes offers the best DIY and craft segments. A couple of months ago, Jessie Jane, who has a blog called Lilyshop, and a regular on Home and Family, showed how to make the cutest little no sew zippered leather clutches with just a piece of leather, a zipper and hot glue. I knew I would be trying this out one day, putting my own twist on the how-to.
Materials I used: Faux leather (pleather) 9 1/2"x24"
Fabric glue (Fabri-Tac)
Zipper - 9 inch
I found the best deals at the JoAnn's near me. The store is going through a much needed remodel and had a lot of clearance items an additional 80 percent off. I got carried away finding all sort of goodies. I picked up several funky looking 9 inch zippers for 20 cents apiece. I also found almost a yard of faux leather for $2.50 . . . enough to make several clutches.
I am not a fan of using hot glue on fabric or on items I want a permanent bond. I've found some hot glued items can be pulled apart quite easily and the hot glue breaks down eventually.
To start, I wanted a fold over clutch so I cut out a piece of fabric 24 inches long by 9 1/2 inches wide.
I laid out the closed zipper and placed the fabric opening edge on top exactly where the two pieces would be glued together. Next, I put fabric glue on the edge of the pleather and then added some to the length of the zipper and pressed the two together. I then put weights on the area and allowed the glue to dry for a few hours.
After the first end dried, I glued down the other end the same as the first.
After drying, I cut off the ends of the zipper and applied glue to each side of the clutch, one at a time, allowing each side to dry separately, and adding weights on top. *Sorry, I didn't take pictures of that but I used an old weight belt that belonged to my hubby.
This is the finished look of the clutch. Since this material had a light color backing which you can see on the edges, I rubbed brown liquid shoe polish over the edges to give it a natural "leather" look. In hindsight I should have done this before gluing everything together.
Since I had so much fabric left I decided to make a "cut-out" statement necklace . . . something I have been wanting to do for quite a while.
For the pattern, I folded a 6 inch square paper into a 8 petal flower and drew teardrop shapes all over which I cut out.
I removed the top two petals to get the shape I wanted . . .
and ran the pattern through my Xylon for an adhesive backing.
I laid the adhesive back pattern on the wrong side of the pleather fabric and cut out the design using an xacto knife.
I made holes on either side with a puncher and attached an old chain necklace I had.
The teardrop shapes that I cut out were glued in a flower pattern to the front flap of the clutch.
I also thought the necklace needed a little something to dress it up a bit so using E6000 I glued on a few metal beads.
I think adding the beads makes the necklace pop!
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