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11
OCT
2011

DIY BLOGGISTAS! | Chic + Pretty DIY Clutches for Your Bridesmaids + Free Template | by Danielle of DSMeeBee

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Happy afternoon, my love muffins!  Summer seems to have arrived slightly late, since it’s like, what – OCTOBER right now?  (WOW.  I need to put the petal to the metal on Halloween costumes for Bam.  We were thinking *bunny* but that wouldn’t require a costume…)  But you don’t hear me complaining, because it’s the perfect temperature right now for outdoor lovemaking, clothing optional.  I mean, if you were wondering what parameters I use to judge perfect weather.  It’s those.  Perfect weather is all about the choice to wear whatevs you want to wear.  And I could walk outside in longs and longs, or in my [STOP READING HERE IF YOU ARE MY FAMILY] French maid costume, or in my littlest itty bitties that I catalog order (if you get your underwear from brick and mortar shops, you’re gonna wanna stop LIKERIGHTNOW, because I’ve been told way too many horror stories about what happens to those skivvies, TEE RUST ME, bubelahs).  But aaaaaanyway… as I was saying, sunshine is like nutella to me.  A warm, non-delicious but mindblowingly good mood delivering substance I like to consume, and I loves its.  I’m sure you agree…?  So here’s what I’m going to do; I’m going to play pretend and act as though this breezy, sunny brilliance is just typical nyc for this time of year.  Will you join me in my psychosis?  Yes?  Alrighty!!  … For those who said no, why’d you say no?  That’s weird.  I’m going to assume you’re the same person who leave comments about immigration under puppy videos on YouTube.  Please, be gone from here.

Omigosh so I just spent 10 minutes perusing puppy videos on YouTube because I wrote that and now I’m in brain heaven.  Puppies are effing phenomenal.  This has nothing to do with this post what the heck.  Back on track.

Today I’m so excited to introduce to you a brand new DIY Bloggista here at TKB.  Wheeee!  Her name is Danielle, and she has her own lovely and creative blog called DSMeeBee where she shares all of the super creative projects she gets into when she’s not BEING AN ARCHITECT.  Like WHOA.  I am very George Costanza when it comes to my fascination with and adulation for architects.  They’re like magic fairies who have discovered the secret of human flight.  Me, I tend to be excessively impressed by things I do not have an understanding of myself, so that’s why that’s happening.  Here’s a little more from Danielle on why she does what she does… “I also have a background in sculpture and graphic design.  So I guess that is where my love of DIY comes from. I have been married for 10 months but have my “big wedding” planned for next June. So that is why I started a Wedding DIY blog!” 

SO!  I really think you guys are gonna dig her as much as I do, and I hope you’ll welcome her with loving outstretched arms as she shares the first DIY she created for you Knottistas!  (I wanna call you guys that.  Not sure.  Trying it out.  Rolls off the tongue nicely… we’ll see.)  Take it away, Danielle…

Hi, everyone!

Every brides wants the perfect way to say thank you to her bridesmaids. A bridesmaid’s job can be expensive and time consuming…..of course it is a friends pleasure to do so. But she should definitely receive a thoughtful thank you for her efforts. This tutorial is a great way to say a big and personal thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. Making an extra clutch for the bride to match the bridal party it will be super cute!

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Things you will need:

  • DSMeeBee Rose Petal Template
  • Felt – $2 a Yard
  • Pearl Button – $1 for 4
  • 4” Wide Lace Trim – $0.40 a Yard
  • Satin Fabric – $5 a Yard
    • Need less than a ¼ yard for this project.

Things from around the house:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing Pins
  • Ruler
  • Needle and Thread

Optional:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sizzix Flower Petal Die Cutter
  • Sewing Machine
  • Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine

Step 1: Optional

I used my Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine to embroider a heart with the words “thank you” for inside your clutch. The heart is a cute way of saying thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. If you don’t have an embroidery machine you can always use iron on letters and iron them onto the heart.

Step 2:

Cut out a 8 ½” x 11” sheet of felt and wrap the lace trim around one end of the felt. My lace trim was a little over 4” wide and was perfect for the dimensions of this clutch. After you completely wrap the lace around the felt, fold the lace edge under itself and pin it down so there are no loose edges. Sew all the edges of the lace down with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread.

Step 3:

Where you just sewed the lace down and have the seam of the lace is where you should now fold the lace and felt assembly down on itself to create a 3” pocket and pin it down. On the other side of the felt layout the lace trim with the scalloped edge hanging over the felt edge. But this time only pin the lace on one side and let the rest of the lace hang over one edge. Take your satin heart and pin it down on the lace. This will be the inside face of the clutch. Using a sewing machine or needle and thread to sew the edges of the pocket and sew down the lace and the heart. Once everything is sewn down take the excess lace and wrap it in the front of the clutch. Now pin it down and again fold the edge of the lace on itself to create a nice seam. Sew all of the loose edges of the lace down with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread.

At that this point you have a beautiful lace clutch but if you want to do add a little something extra follow the next steps.

Step 4:

I used my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut felt and lace petals to cover the front of my clutch. You don’t need to have a die cutter to cut the petals but it is obviously much faster to use one. The alternative is to use the DSMeeBee Rose Petal Template to cut out the petals out with scissors. Cut about 30 large felt petals, 15 large lace petals, 6 small felt petals, and 6 small lace petals. After you have cut your petals out set them aside.

Step 5:

Cut a 7”x3 ½” strip of felt for the front of the clutch and layout the petals as you want them to be. I used layers of 4 petals alternating felt and felt with lace petals to create layered flower effect. After laying out each layer of petals I then sewed down that row and then mirrored it on the other side. At the end using a needle and thread sew down the small petals to create a small flower in the middle. In the center of that small flower sew down a button.

Step 6:

Using a sewing machine or needle and thread attach the strip of felt with the petals sewed down onto it and sew that down on the front of the clutch.