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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shiny clutch tutorial - 5 steps in 15 minutes



I love experimenting when I sew - and discovered last year that you can make some interesting things by sewing with old car windscreen shades!

Recently I was given a nice shiny red one that was no longer used so decided to make a shiny clutch!

It's another very simple project that anyone can sew in just 5 steps and 15 minutes! 
All you need is:
An old car windscreen shade, some scrap material for the lining, a large button and a piece of elastic, ribbon or old hairtie!

Step 1
Measure and cut a piece each of the windscreen shade and your lining material 30 x 20cm (12 x 8").
Fold the elastic/ribbon (around 12cm/ 4.75") or hair-tie into a loop, and pin to the right side of your windscreen shade rectangle in the middle of the shorter edge.
Lay the lining fabric face down on top and pin all around, leaving a gap of around 10cm (4") in one edge.


Step 2
Stitch around all 4 edges - leaving the gap you marked with your pins.  Clip all 4 corners.  


Step 3
Turn right sides out.
Note - your stitching next to the gap may rip a little as you turn it out. Don't worry about this, just go as slowly and carefully as you can!
Pin the opening closed, then top-stitch around all 4 edges, close to the edge.



Step 4
Measure 10cm (4") up from the centre of the opposite end to the elastic or ribbon loop and stitch on your button.

Step 5
Fold up the bottom of the clutch 12cm (4.75") and pin along both sides, then stitch.  Run over the top edges of the fold a few times with your stitching for extra strength.


All done!  A nice simple shiny clutch !

For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

For more simple projects that anyone can sew in 5 steps and 15 minutes - go here!
I'll be linking this project to many of the wonderful linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page, and names and links on my linky party page.


22 comments:

  1. That's so clever! What a great idea!

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  2. Wow, that is a really clever idea! I would never see a used car windsceen shade as material for a clutch! Thanks for sharing in my blog link party!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie - great linky party you have!!

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  3. That is so cool hehe. I will be trying this out. Thanks for sharing. i also had a look at your Fabric Pizza or Pie box tutorial. I love this idea as it's a great way to transport food to a pot luck.

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    1. Thanks!! Who would have thought those car windscreen shades would have so many uses!! :)

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  4. This is totally cute! You'd never guess what it started out as. Good Job!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. That is delightful! I really have to try it!

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    1. Thanks Susan - it's fun stuff to sew with!

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  6. Now I just love this little project, what a brilliant use for those windscreen shields!

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  7. Jill your clutch looks very cute and such a clever idea:)

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  8. wow!! the clutch is very nice. your step by step instructions qualify you for some kind of an award.

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    1. Thanks!! Hopefully the instructions are clear!

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  9. Brilliant! I'm definitely pinning this one!

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  10. Wow - aren't you clever? Very cute for a night out.

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  11. This is just the most unlikely choice of material. The less landfill the better, so good for you!

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  12. anushab4u.blogspot.comJanuary 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    very nice clutch jill and easy too love it gonna make one for my sister

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