Clutch Bag Remake

clutch remake diy

It’s been over a week since my last post! I went on a trip to Edinburgh for a few days and haven’t had the time to make anything new until now.

Edinburgh was quite fantastic. I saw lots of cool buildings, went on a tour in the underground vaults and got felt up by a grumpy security guard at the airport.

Wonderful sights and strangers touching you intimately – What more could you ask for?

Enough about that. Let’s continue with the crafts!

Today we are going to remake an old clutch bag. I think my mom got it with some magazine in the 80’s. The condition of the bag was beyond bad! This is what I used for this diy:


  • One old bag.
  • Varnish/Glue, I’m guessing Mod Podge would work very well here.
  • Paint brush.
  • E6000 super glue.
  • Sandpaper. Didn’t use it that much though. The surface was already very ragged.
  • Two types of fabric; Black velour – leftover from a Star Trek costume (oh yeah!) I made a few years ago. Brocade fabric from old 60’s couch. The couch broke in half during a party at my grandmothers house back in 1972. She saved some of the fabric, made a bag, and the piece I’m using here is a leftover from that bag. Recycled or what?!
  • Not pictured here is a duffle jacket type of button and a black cord that I used as a closure. I will get back to that in a moment.

As I said, the bag was in a pretty bad condition. Actually, the overall quality of it felt crappy. The closure and shoulder strap fastening consisted of some lame plastic buttons. I decided to remove the shoulder strap entirely and just cover up all of the buttons with the fabric.

crap condition


The orange brocade was already cut in a perfect size for my bag. I put a rather thick layer of varnish/glue on the surface.


And pressed on the fabric.

press down

I let it dry for a moment and the continued to put glue on the edges. Sorry for the out of focus thing here…


I folded in the edges.


And let them dry like this.


After that it was time to glue on the black fabric.

black velour fabric

I folded in the edges like this:



As you can see in the picture above, I left the sides of the bag as they were. I think that was the best thing to do as I wanted the bag to be able to close properly.

Speaking about closing the bag, how did I do it when I just covered the original buttons with fabric? The answer is:
close up

One button, a black cord and a little bit of the same black fabric I used for the rest of the bag. I measured around the bag to get the right length of the cords.
closing bag

And this is how it looks on the back…


… and on the front.


Before glueing it on to the back I decided to run over it a few times with my machine for some extra strength.

And the result is at the top of the post. A very simple way to give old bags new life!

Bib Necklace

bib necklace

I am not sure if this looks OK or not. This could easily fall under the ugly category, but I am going to go with OK on this one…


Materials used:

  • Black IKEA cotton fabric.
  • Beads from broken jewellery.
  • Thread.
  • Glue gun. My ambition was to not use glue, but I got lazy towards the end. Whatever.

bib done

bib backside

Fabric Chain Necklace

fabric scraps necklace

True rags to couture craft!

What you will need to make this necklace yourself:

  • Scrap Fabric. A little thicker fabric works best.
  • Paper glue stick, or whatever type of glue you prefer to use.
  • Chain
  • Scissors…

Make some sort of pattern so that all your chain links will be the same size. If you want them to be the same size that is!
chain pattern

You can see the measurements I used in the photo. The size of the pattern and how much fabric you will need for each link really depends on what type of fabric you use.

Parts cut out!
cut out

The smaller pieces will be used when glueing the links together.

Put glue on one side of the link piece.
glue fabric

Roll it tightly.
roll fabric tightly

Rolling complete.

Close up the links by putting some glue on the small fabric parts and roll them around the openings of the links.
close up

Should look something like this when you are done:

Make a chain by adding new links to it before closing them up.
make chain

Repeat process until your chain is long enough.

Add a metal chain and your necklace is finished!

I have been thinking of trying to make a necklace that is all fabric chains, that would look pretty cool!

Fantastic Earring Designs of the 1950’s

Another one of those videos that makes you question whether you were born in the wrong era or not. I mean, just looks at all that jewelry!!!  Also, the earring design is not the only thing that is awesome in there – Just check out the amazing gold metal belt that the model is wearing in the beginning! Would that thing be possible to DIY?

Here are some equally kitschy earrings that I found in Etsy’s vintage section:

Vintage 50s earrings

From top left:
Flower Basket Earrings by Your Pattern Shop.
White Fan Gold Tone Flower Earrings by I Found Gallery.
Bali Dancer Face Earrings by One Trick Chassis.
Gold Filligre Dange Earrings by SoCal Jewel Box.
Lucite Orchid earrings by Vintage Textile Pixie.
Green Plastic Flower Earrings also by Vintage Textile Pixie.