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  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Clutch Wallet

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    Clutches are one of the most helpful fashion accessories; you can never have too many. So rather than buy yet another, I decided I'd throw one together myself! And since National Dog Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd add a little Swatch into the design.

    Items used:

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    To get the right shape, I simply enlarged a photo of Swatch from Mood's neoprene print, re-sketched it to fix any proportions that were skewed, and cut out each section: the base for the head, his white spot, two ear shapes, two eyes, and a little highlighting for his right eye. Everything went together fairly easily, although I do need to clean up a little excess glue around the one eye. And a few hand stitched around his nose made the perfect freckles.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    For this clutch, I added in an invisible magnetic snap behind Swatch's head. If you've never inserted one before, don't worry - it's incredibly quick and easy.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Rather than attach it directly to Swatch, I put it on an extra scrap of vinyl and then glued and stitched it behind Swatch afterwards. The snap comes with two sides, and each side has a small metal support plate. Trace the two lines from the plate onto your fabric and then cut along them. They'll  be exactly where your snap will slip into the fabric, like you see below.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Place the support plate onto the back of the snap and fold the sides of the snap over to secure it.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Here's a view from the front. This was then attached to the back of Swatch's head. (The second half of the snap will be attached later.)

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Now for your clutch panels. The outside is made up of two parts - a 10"x15" vinyl rectangle, and a 10"x7" taffeta rectangle. The lining was 10"x22".

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    If you're following along and making your own, attach the small taffeta panel to the vinyl, right sides together. This will become the front flap of the clutch.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Fold the vinyl panel in half, matching right sides, and stitch up the sides. Do the same with the lining; and be sure to fold over a 1/2" along the open edge. They should look like this:

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Pin the right side of your front flap to the lining. Sew just around the 3 sides of the flap and turn right-side out. It'll look a little bit like this mess:

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    The remainder of your lining should fit right inside the vinyl pouch, and start looking like a clutch!

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Before top-stitching along the open edge, add in the second half of your magnetic snap. I attached Swatch's head to the front flap first (a little glue and some slip-stitching did the trick), and then folded the front flap down and marked where the back of my snap should be placed for everything to close correctly.

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    And in under an hour, I had an adorable new puppy clutch! So tell me in the comments - will you be making your own? Will you add a cute little Swatch to the front, or something different?

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

  • DIY: 20-Minute Oversized Clutch Wallet

    How often have you put together the perfect outfit, but totally hit a wall when none of your bags matched? With this 20-minute DIY project, you could have a unique clutch for every day of the week in less than 3 hours!

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    Items used: Miscellaneous materials:
    • One sheet of printer paper
    • Measuring tape or ruler
    • Marking tool or pen
    • Scissors
    • Awl for puncturing leather

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    Steps:
    1. Lay your piece of leather, right side down.
    2. One the wrong side, trace your printer paper along three sides, leaving one long side open.Clutch 1
    3. Flip the paper along the long side and continue tracing the short sides. You should have the beginnings of a 17”x11” rectangle.
    4. At the open end of your rectangle, trace the corner of your printer paper, keeping the point centered. This will be the front flap or your clutch.
    5. Still on the wrong side, mark about 2” down from the front flap.clutch2
    6.  Below that, mark every half inch down to the bottom, about a half inch from the edge of the leather.
    7. Puncture the leather at these marking with your awl.
    8. Begin lacing up the sides and tie off the top.clutch 3
    9. Repeat steps 5-8 on both sides.
    10. Attach your magnetic clasp to the front flap and front facing of clutch, being sure to line them up properly.
    11. Cover clasp with a button and show off your new, handmade clutch!

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  • DIY Organizer Clutch

    I am sure we have all experienced the malady of finding the perfect handbag that is divine down to the last detail, but when we open it up and peer inside, no pockets. What is with that? A little organization goes a long way when it comes to our everyday lives, so I am sharing with you a 'How To' for this purse organizer that can easily be used for a clutch.
    -Pattern pieces (Facing, Pocket 1, Pocket 2, Binding) -Leather Hide -Silk Lining -1/2 yard Interfacing -24" Zipper or Longer -L-Square -Scissors -Coordinating Thread -Pattern pieces (Facing, Pocket 1, Pocket 2, Binding)
    -Suede Hide
    -Silk Lining
    -1/2 yard Interfacing
    -24" Zipper or Longer
    -L-Square
    -Scissors
    -Coordinating Thread
    To Begin: Cut pieces
    I added half inch seam allowance to my entire clutch pattern in hopes that the finished size is 12" x 10" Above you will see the pattern pieces and the corresponding cutting of the materials for a total of 12 main pieces, see below on how to create the gathered pocket. I added half inch seam allowance to my entire clutch pattern in hopes that the finished size is 12" x 10"
     
    Create an interior pocket for your clutch, sew up the middle for two compartments. Create an interior pocket for your clutch: sew up the middle of the pocket after attaching it to the main interior lining to create two compartments.
     
    Add interfacing to leather for stability, be careful when ironing. Add interfacing to leather for stability, be careful when ironing. Once the linings have been attached to the two pockets, lay the largest pocket on one of the leather facings and stitch in place. Then add the smaller pocket on top of this and stitch in place similarly to how the pieces are laid in the top photo. Ultimately you will have two overlapping exterior pockets.
     
    Once the outside pockets have been attached, sew the linings onto each facing piece. Once the outside pockets have been attached, sew the linings onto each facing piece.
     
    You may want to trim your zipper and move the stop so that you have a clean finish. You may want to trim your zipper and move the stop so that you have a clean finish.
    Now you can paint the town with this simple clutch!
  • Mood DIY: Wine Leather Alligator Clutch

    I've been on a leather kick lately if you hadn't noticed -- making several different items since my leather making lesson -- and since we're in the chillier months, I've been really drawn to this wine color that looks great in just about anything. Call it what you will: oxblood, wine, burgundy....Mood Fabrics has a great selection of that and more that you're sure to love. Now, the first time I made a clutch, I had to wrap my brain around the whole flipping it inside out thing....but once you get it, you'll be making one in every finish and color. I guarantee it. I'd love to hear your clutch success stories below. Wine Leather Alligator Clutch 1 Wine Leather Alligator Clutch 2 Wine Leather Alligator Clutch 3 SUPPLIES: straight edge, silk polyester lining, leather, straight pins, rotary cutter, scissors, a binder clip, and a zipper. Wine Leather Alligator Clutch 4HOW-TO: 1. After cutting out 6 rectangles (2 tiny ones to encase the zipper, 2 leather 16 x 11 inches, and 2 lining 16 x 11 inches), take your 2 tiny ones and attach them to either side of of zipper with binder clips. 2. Sew your tiny rectangles of leather to either side of the zipper. 3. Now this step can get a little tricky, but it's super easy once you've done it the first time. Ultimately you want your leather on top of the zipper, and your lining on the under side. So take your leather and with zipper facing up, attach the right side of your leather to your zipper with your straight pins. (Note: you don't want to get too close to your zipper teeth or you won't be able to unzip it with ease). Repeat on opposite with lining. 4. Go ahead and sew each.

    Wine Leather Alligator Clutch 5HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. Here's on it looks once leather is sewn to the zipper. 6. Now, you'll have 4 flaps attached to the zipper: 2 leather, 2 lining. Line them up and hold the leather in place with binder clips before placing on sewing machine. Straight pins here might leave puncture marks in your leather. (Note: leave the zipper open about 5 inches, or it will be challenging to flip the bag to it's right side). 7. After sewing up all 3 sides of your leather, you'll sew up all 3 sides of your lining...but leave about 5 inches open on one side open. 8. Cut off your 2 corners on your leather. Now, you're almost done -- flip pull the leather through the lining and flip the bag a second time to get it all on right side with lining now on inside. Hand stitch up that 5 inch opening in the lining and you're all set. Wine Leather Alligator Clutch 6A

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Neoprene One Shoulder Dress

    I've had a dress like this one that I got from American Eagle maybe 4 or 5 years ago, and while I snagged a couple more in different colors on eBay earlier this year (it's such a form flattering dress!)....I wanted one that was a little longer because my previous ones are a little light on fabric in the hem line, if you get my drift :)  So, with some gorgeous neoprene Theory fabric from Mood Fabrics, I got to work making one that was the perfect length. I tried my hand at creating my own pattern (Size XS) for the first time -- it took a bit of figuring out, but I hope you enjoy.  Also, want to know how to make the studded clutch I have here too? Check it out here. Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 1 Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 2Supplies: Neoprene, pattern (which you can get, here), straight pins, scissors, and a sewing machine. Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 3AHOW-TO: 1. Print out pattern from here, cut it out, lay it on top of your doubled up fabric, and then pin it into place. 2. Cut out your two forms and pin up the sides. 3. Go ahead now and sew up the sides. 4.Now, there's a little notch cut out under the arm, pinch that together, and pin it. 5. Also pin together the shoulder (the side nearest my pin dispenser with the 3 pins in it). 6. Sew the shoulder together. Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 4A

    HOW-TO CONT'D: 7. Now, fold your arm hole back about an 1.5 inches at the shoulder. I also began folding back the portion your body will fit through...go ahead and stick a pin it to hold your spot. 8. Put a few stitches in the arm hole to keep it folded back. 9. Okay...this parts a little tricky, but I tried to pull it back to show you that there were two layers.  Here, you fold the body hole back once, and then double it up on itself once more, and pin it. 10. Finally, I just stitched the length of the pins right at the shoulder (ultimately 1.5 inches on either side of the shoulder seam). Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 5A Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 5B

    Neoprene One Shoulder Dress 6A Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Faux Calf Hair Leopard Studded Clutch

    One of my favorite style bloggers is Wendy of Wendy's Lookbook, and while flipping through her site one day, I came across a gorgeous calf hair leopard-printed studded Valentino clutch that was simply stunning. So, during one of my more recent trips to Mood Fabrics NYC (they have SO much new stuff in stock) while scooping up the fur I used on my fur vest, I came across this great leopard-printed faux fur, and immediately knew what I'd do with it. Tell me what you think below. Faux Calf Hair Leopard Studded Clutch made with fabric and supplies from Mood NYC. Faux Calf Hair Leopard Studded Clutch 2SUPPLIES: 1/2 yard faux calf fur, silk lining, interfacing, zipper, wire cutters, straight pins, pyramid studs, rotary cutter, straight edge, a thimble, and a sewing machine.

    Faux Calf Hair Leopard Studded Clutch 3HOW-TO: 1. Cut (2) 14 x 9in rectangles of each of the faux fur and interfacing, and (2) of the silk lining 14.5 x 10in. 2. Use your wire cutters to remove all but 2 prongs (on opposite ends) from each of your pyramid studs (Note: it's a little tedious, but glue wasn't as secure as I would have liked, and if you leave on all the prongs, they rumple the fur). 3. While I did this step last, I'd like to suggest here that you apply your studs...because once you get it all sewn together it's a little trickier to fold down the backs of the studs from the inside. 4. My zipper was a little too long, so I cut it down like I did here. Then I used my straight pins to secure it to one of my faux fur rectangles, face down. 5. I had to wrap my brain around how to attach lining and top fur....so I played with the concept on how to attach them both. So, while my faux fur was attached to one side of the zipper, I flipped the zipper over and pinned my hemmed silk lining to the "wrong" side of the zipper. 6. I laid it all flat here so you could see me attach the 2nd layer of fur to the "right" side of the zipper, with lining on the reverse.

    Faux Calf Hair Leopard Studded Clutch 4 HOW-TO CONT'D: 7. Sew your faux fur and lining respectively to your zipper. 8. This is how it looks thus far. 9. While sewing up the sides of my bag, I added the little 90 degree notch so zipper could be inset (like I did here with the throw pillows). 10. Lastly I pulled the lining out of the inner portion of the handbag, and stitched across the bottom (Note: you may have to pull it over the lining to sew the sides of it on the wrong side). Faux Calf Hair Leopard Studded Clutch made with fabric and supplies from Mood NYC. Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Camo & Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel

    This is my salute to camo -- it's really hot right now! We've seen it on runways for DKNY and even Valentino; but, I wanted a functional way to wear it.  You know, an accent piece that I would get more wear out of then say with a top or a jacket. So, I opted to make a clutch.  I combined the camouflage (which you can find at Mood Fabrics, here) with a few textural elements like the tassel and leather (you can grab some great faux vinyl/leather also at Mood, here)...and I'm killin' a bunch of Spring/Summer fashion trends at once.  Tell me what you think. Are you a fan of this neutral pattern? Camo and Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel 1 Camo and Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel 2 Camo and Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel 3

    Camo and Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel 4 SUPPLIES: needle and thread, zipper (11.5 inches), rotary cutter, straight pins, faux leather/vinyl, camouflage fabric, silk lining, scissors, wash cloth & iron (optional), and a sewing machine (note: can be hand sewn). Camo and Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel 5 HOW TO: 1. Cut out two camo rectangles (mine were 13 x 10 inches), and two leather rectangles (13 x 3inches). 2. Pin one leather rectangle to camo rectangle. Place raw edges together, right sides facing each other. 3. Flip it over and sew on wrong side. Repeat for other camo/leather section. 4. Cut two pieces of silk out for lining.  (Note: I used my new attached camo/leather rectangle as my guide for what size I would need). 5. Take your zipper face down and pin it to the top edge of the right side of a piece of your camo/leather rectangle AND one piece of the silk (Note: If you happen to find a zipper that is too long, feel free to do what I did here to shorten it). 6. Sew these three pieces together. 7. It may be a little tricky to work around zipper head. You'll want to sew as close to the teeth as possible, so after sewing about an inch, pull zipper head back. (Note: You'll move it back into position as you go along). 8. Right sides facing, take the other camo/leather piece and silk and lay it on top of the other side.  Pin the free side of the zipper to these pieces along the raw edge. 9. Sew the zipper on. 10. Be sure to watch out for the zipper pull like in Step #7. 11. It's time to sew it all together! Use straight pins to give yourself about a half inch seam allowance on the remaining three sides. 12. Go ahead and sew it all up. 13. Before you get to that last side....be sure to open up zipper a few inches so you can get it open once you are done sewing. 14. Cut corners of bag off at an angle on both sides. 15. Flip bag to the right side. 16. Take a piece of leather about 7.5 inches in length, and cut about 7 thin strips of leather for your tassel with the rotary cutter. 17. Fit leather strips through zipper head. 18. Take one leather strip and wrap it firmly around the head of the bundle of strips three times. 19. Hand stitch this binding strip to the bundle of strips for security.  Cut off excess. 20. If your fabric is puckering at all, feel free to iron it out, applying a damp cloth over the leather portion.

    Camo and Leather Foldover Clutch with Tassel 6 Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. She's also a finalist in the voting contest for ALL YOU MAGAZINE'S Smartest Shopper.  A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Double Zip Printed Clutch

    I'm not sure how many dog lovers we have out there, but one of my favorite pooches to see all dressed up is Swatch of Mood Fabrics. His nonchalant and carefree trot between departments always makes me grin when I'm there. A true sport in a land of endless wardrobe possibilities, Swatch made me want to commemorate some of my favorite looks he's rocked. From a funny Valentine to biker Swatch, I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that that dog has captured the hearts of SO MANY Mood customers.  So with some colorful vinyl and snazzy zippers in hand, I created a way to carry him around with me -- without further ado, here's my homage to Swatch :)

    Double Zip Printed Clutch 1 Double Zip Printed Clutch 2 Double Zip Printed Clutch 3 SUPPLIES: vinyl, rotary cutter, mod podge gloss lustre, magna-tac glue, iron, measuring tape, thread, needles, straight pins, scissors, pen, transfer paper for dark shirts, zippers, silk, images you want to transfer, and a wash cloth. Double Zipper Printed Clutch How-To

    How-To: 1. Using the rotary cutter, cut out 2 rectangles from your vinyl/faux leather.  (Note: Mine were 11 x 8 inches -- 1 inch was added to the length of the teeth of the zipper, and height too.  I used purple on the backside and off-white on side where my images would go). 2. Mark out a half inch seam allowance  (Note: You will re-mark this when silk is applied). 3. For silk lining, I marked out a 10 x 8 inch rectangle. 4. For less fraying, make a small snip with scissors to begin with, and then I hand rip out the rectangle. 5. Putting right sides together, add straight pins to hold vinyl together. 6. Across the bottom, hand stitch along one horizontal. (Note: For neatness, sew along the half inch seam allowance line you marked out -- be sure to bring needle back through, last place you inserted it). 7. Cut off excess. 8. Apply Magna-tac glue to the whole back side. 9. Lay silk directly on top of the glued side. 10. Re-mark out half inch seam allowance along sides. 11. Add straight pins to hold sides together. 12. Flip whole thing onto correct side. 13. Apply damp cloth over clutch, and then iron it to flatten it out. 14. For a center point for the double zippers, mark a mid point on the inside of the clutch. 15. Add straight pins to hold zipper in place, and then hand stitch both into position. 16. Lay clutch on top of back side of iron-on transfer with images already printed on it and outline it. (Note: For printing, follow instructions that come with the paper). 17. Cut form out. 18. Peel off images from transfer paper backing, and lay it on to the clutch. 19. Laying something like a t-shirt on top, iron on the transfer paper images. 20. Using a napkin/sponge, apply Mod-Podge to seal it.

     Double Zip Printed Clutch 4 Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.