Friday, 13 May 2011

Clutch bag makeover (take 2)

Seeing as blogger rudely deleted my post from yesterday of my clutch bag and didn't return it to my blog as their maintenance page informed me it would I'm having to repost it again!

So a small dilemma happened when I last wanted a black bag for night out.. my little black clutch bag looked sad, worn and well, hideous to be honest... in the end I changed my whole outift as I didn't want to be seen with such an awful looking bag. The other day I had a brainwave and thought I could make it over as it's only the outer fabric that's shabby.

And after a little bit of thinking and throwing fabrics out of the drawer this is what I came up with....
If you want have a go at this too then you'll need:
  • a clutch bag
  • complementing colour fabric
  • fabric flower
  • 22 x 6mm beads
  • glue gun
  • scissors1. First I cut the lacy fabric off (this was the bit that was amking my bag look awful so it had to go). The fabric underneath is great and is the same as the fabric I used for the leaves to cover it.
    2. Take your fabric and cut it into little pieces, one for every leaf. Make a small pile of fabric, draw a leaf on the top piece and cut it out, repeat till you have enough to cover the bag. (I needed 36 to cover my bag)
    3. Start by glue gunning the first leaf at the bottom of the metal frame.

    4. Continuing glue gunning the leaves along the bottom of the bag.
    5. Continue by sticking leaves in layers that just about cover the top of the leaves on the layer beneath.
    7. Glue the top layer as close to the metal frame as possible. Don't worry if there's a little glue overspill as the beads will cover this.
    8. Start glueing the beads along the lower edge of the metal frame, removing excess glue before it dries.
    9. Continue glueing beads on till there's enough along the frame to mirror the starting point on the opposite end. 10. Add the fabric flower as an embellishment and then the bag is finished!
    Looks 100 times better than it did when I started and now I'm more than happy to take it out with me :) If the fabric flower isn't your taste then skip the last step as it still looks good without it, or perhaps add a different embellishment to suit the outfit you want it to go with.


shopannies said...

love it classy back looks great I invite you over to visit me at

" me " said...

well done !!!!!!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Your bag is absolutely gorgeous now! Thanks for the tute, and thanks for linking this up! :)

(And how frustrating of Blogger!!)

ElisabethAndrée said...

Nice idea!

Christie said...

That looks amazing! Great idea, very stylish!

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

fabulous idea!! thanks for partying with whipperberry!

Anonymous said...

Super cute, I would love to take that little bag out on the town. :-) Thanks for linking up!

Linda said...

Very lovely. I make bags, too, but yours is much fancier. Beautiful.

Nana Donna said...

Wow what a stunning little clutch bag
Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What a great makeover! Thanks for the instructions!

Little Treasures said...

Great job!!

Danielle said...

This is too cute! What a great idea :>

Joi Malkin said...

This is adorable. I would love it if you could stop by Heck Fridays tomorrow (Thursday) and post it on our first link party!

Hope to see you soon!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Loving this clutch Steph!!! We're featuring it on Monday from the Fancy This Fridays link up! Hope you'll stop by to see it!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Adorable! Great job!
Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
xoxo from Germany,
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

AmieAnn said...

This looks amazing! I have recently realized that I have a bag addiction and your transformation is amazing.. makes me want to run to my nearest goodwill and grab one to remake! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

WobiSobi said...

Steph that is really cute!!! I love to re-style bags, this one is so great.

Cathy said...
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Simran Singh said...

Wow!! Great makeover!! Loved it!
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