The original tutorial can be found here, but I finished it today so here’s the final product:
I got this purse from the thrift store for 3 dollars and deconstructed it. I used the chain for this purse (and i still have a bunch left over for some bracelets ;3) and the leather cord for this bracelet.
I still plan to use the rest of the purse, but I think I’m going to have to wait until we get a new sewing machine.
I made a more comfortable spot on the strap. Also, on the back I just glued down the fabric without making the fringe. The bottom line of this was that I ran out of shirt, but it was a lot easier and not to mention it just looks cleaner.
A fringed clutch!
Materials: scissors, an old unused bag (mine was a dingy makeup bag), a hot glue gun, your tee of course, and you also might want to grab a ruler.
- Measure the length of your purse/bag. The length of mine was 11 1/2 inches. Now, use this measurement to create strips that are 3-3 1/2 inches wide and your needed length. (My strips were 11.5 X 3.5 inches)
- Cut slits to make fringe, about 1 cm wide and 2 inches long, on the length of your strips.
- For attachment, I started by cutting a 2 inch wide strip to finish the bottom with. this is optional, it just looked better because of the seams on the bag.
- Attachment of the fringed strips with hot glue is in many ways up to you, and depends on the style of your bag. I just glued mine on to the front and back, and then attached a separate strip to run along the sides and bottom.
- Overlapping is another thing kind of up to you. It all depends on the look you’re going for! I just lined mine up so that they overlapped as little as possible, so that the cuts in the fringe are just far down enough that there is nothing behind the strips shown. You can see what i mean (kind of) in the picture above. It might take a few tries, it did for me anyway. But after they are all glued on, it gives a great effect!
- Spice your own up with beads, buttons, charms, or not. I plan on thrifting a chain for a strap. This is medium difficulty, but you’ve got room for error. And it takes a lot of glue. But I’d say it’s worth the work, isn’t it adorable? :)