We are big fans of homemade accessories! It's fun to customize items to fit your aesthetic or show off your personality. Last summer we made these cute cotton & leather DIY clutches. We thought it would be fun to create a mini version, for carrying pocket change, sunglasses, chap stick and other summer essentials.This is another project from our Canon USA collaboration. We used the MG6320 to print photos onto fabric paper so we could add a photo element to our clutches. We used this kind of paper and ironed the design onto our cotton fabric. The touchscreen on the MG6320 makes it super easy to play around with settings and get the best print for your iron-on paper.You could use photos from a recent vacation, of scenery from your favorite getaway or photos of friends and family members. Have fun customizing this project with your personal photos and whatever color leather, lining fabric and zipper suits you. The supplies you will need include: zipper, iron-on transfer sheets, white cotton canvas, printed cotton for lining, and leather.
1. Print your 4×6-inch photo onto your iron-on transfer sheet.
2. Iron your image onto the white canvas per product instructions.
3. Cut out your photo leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance on all sides. Cut another piece of white canvas 6.5×4.5 inches (this piece will serve as the back top of the clutch). Cut two strips of leather that are 6.5×3.5 inches and sew each of your canvas pieces to one of the leather strips (right side facing each other). Now you have a front and back piece for your clutch.
4. Face the front and back pieces with their right sides facing each other and pin together. Leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the two pices together leaving the top area (where the zipper will go) open. 5. Pull your clutch inside out so that the right sides are facing out.
6. Cut your two lining pieces to 6.5×7.5 inches and pin the pieces facing right side in. Leaving the top open, sew both pieces together, but make sure also to leave a 2-to-3-inch opening in the bottom of the lining (you'll use this later to turn your lining inside out).
7. Leave the lining shell inside out and place your right-side-out outer shell inside your lining, so the correct sides of each are facing each other.8. Zip open the zipper and position the end of the zipper on one side of the clutch opening. Pin the zipper between the inner lining and the outer shell on either side. The zipper pull should be facing up, and the teeth of the zipper should be facing down between the two layers of fabric once in place. Use a zipper foot to sew zipper in place and shorten zipper length per zipper package instructions if needed.
9. Remember that 2-to-3-inch hole that we left in the lining? Well, now use that hole to pull the outer shell of the clutch through the lining until the both sides are facing right side out. Once it's pulled through, you can use a hidden stitch to hand stich your lining hole shut.For more information check out the video tutorial above or check here. Now we are ready to carry our mini clutches everywhere this summer! What will you put in yours? xo. Elsie
This is super cute! I would actually love to make this as an ereader or ipad cover. I just wrote a DIY piece for TipMine about ereader covers and wish I had seen these!
Love the clutch, and your phone cases!
I love love love this DIY, totally making my own mini clutch soon, thank you!!
P.S. I want an iphone case like yoursss so badly!!!
This is SUCH a good idea. Best yet :’) and loved the video!
I love the video! I hope we can look forward to more of these in the future.
I love this ALOT! So personal and useful!
I don’t know if your previous comment was moderated or not because I wasn’t moderating comments that day. I would like to say that we DO appreciate all of our readers feedback, especially when it is constructive, creative or thoughtful.
I can appreciate that some people have an aversion to advertising on blogs. At the same time, I have to tell you that from our experience the sponsored content on ABM has only made us more creative, more challenged and more inspired. Our amazing sponsors make us want to work harder, try new things and step outside our normal routine.
In the future there will always be a mix of sponsored and non-sponsored posts on A Beautiful Mess. I hope you can appreciate it for what it is. This is a full time job for a team of people. We work very very hard to create something beautiful for our readers every single week and we absolutely love our readers! Thanks so much, Elsie
Is it a bug or did you really disapprove my precedent comment ? Because I can’t find it…
I hope you did not edit it just because it was not totally positive, because I have not been harsh or impolite I think. Your project is cute, but I still think it is a bit disappointing to see such “collaborations” (aka advertisement) on your blog. It is always much more interesting to see your own work, a work not inspired by some product you had to promote.
I thought you would be interested by this feedback from a regular reader, but I’m even more disappointed if you just edited that out :- /
I hope it was a bug or mistake of mine.
So Cute! I love little clutches during the summer.
I LOVE DIY’s! I also am loving the phone case!
So cute! This makes me wanna get a sewing machine and that awesome printer!
Very cute but I think I love the phone case more! Where do I get one of those?!
OOOOH How do I get this iphone case please???
What a great idea! Can’t wait to try! <3
Soo cute! && where can I find a phone case like that??? Obsessed:)
I just realized your cool iPhone cases are the same as your app icon. Right on.
Love your app, btw!
Love this! Super cute 🙂
Great idea. And I can’t wait to see when the phone cases go on sale 🙂
I absolutely love the iPhone cases!!! Where did you get them? I love this tutorial! Can’t wait to makes these cute clutches! 😀
is it bad that i love this project, but love your iphone case even more? do you mind sharing where to find it? or did you make it yourself? love, d