This week I finally made something I’ve been wanting to for a while now, a printed suede clutch; because who doesn’t love a good clutch… and who doesn’t love a little touch of neon?
• 1 Piece of 8.5″x 11″leather or suede, I picked up mine from Michael’s
• Stencil Film
• Pattern for suede shapes
• Bead Reamer
• Xacto Knife
• Durable string or thread, I use Wildfire Bead Weaving Thread
• Rotary Hole Punch (if you don’t have one a well trained hand and an Xacto knife will work too!)
• 1 Button Stud Set
• Cutting Board
• Spray Paint- Primer, and a color of your choice
01. Draw and cut out your pattern. My dimensions are: Front Panel- 4.75″ wide x 4.75 tall, Back Panel is the same as the front just add the flap to the top. Flap measurements- 4.25″wide x 2.25″ tall.
02. Line up your pattern on to the suede, taking advantage of the straight edges as much as possible, trace a fine line around the pattern and cut out.
03. Draw and cut out a simple geometric pattern using a piece of the stencil film.
04. Go to a well ventilated room, or outside. Lay your suede pieces onto a clean flat surface, peel the paper from the back of the film and lay over your pieced of suede. Make sure to press down all the edges of your cut out designs.
05. Apply at least two coats of primer and allow to completely dry. Spray the color paint along the bottom and moving your hand farther away from the suede as you move up. Apply at least two coats of color paint and again, allow to completely dry before removing the film.
06. Lay suede pieces painted sides together and use a fine tip marker to make a dotted line around the edge of the suede as a guide for when you sew. Make sure to leave at least an eighth of an inch of space from the edge and space your dots about a quarter inch apart.
07. While making sure to keep the two pieces of suede aligned use the bead reamer to pierce through both layers of suede and sew around the perimeter using a whip stitch.
08. Find where you would like to close your clutch at and mark with the marker.
09. Use the rotary punch on the largest setting to punch out a hole in the flap portion of the clutch. Then lay the flap on to the front panel where you want the clutch to fasten and draw a dot through the hole onto the front panel. Punch out the dot using the second smallest punch size.
10. Next you want to turn your clutch right side out. You may need to use the blunt end of a pencil or pen to help carefully push the corners out as much as possible. Take the screw half of the button stud and put it through the backside of the front panel, then screw the round top piece of the stud to the screw as tight as you can.
And there you have it! A new place to put all the random bits floating around you purse into.