|DIY Clutch/Laptop Case|
So, it's been a while since I've been able to get a blog post up! I've been busy with school and then was on Spring Break, and just never got around to getting this one up, although I've had the actual clutch done for weeks. The inspiration for this idea came from Pinterest (of course), I had seen SwellMayde's DIY envelope clutch and started looking around for other DIY clutch ideas. I came across a video on YouTube called: DIY Clutch American Apparel Leather Pouch, and I decided I loved the idea and was going to try and do it myself. Overall, this was not a difficult project, although I made a couple mistakes that made it a little more annoying, luckily you all will not make those same mistakes if you attempt this at home since you all have a warning from me!
1/3 of a yard of vinyl or faux leather material (I got mine from Hancock in the scrap fabric section so it was like $1.60 for all of it!)
A 16 inch zipper (I did a separating zipper only because I liked the chunky gold look of it, you can pick any one you like. It was $5, but they were 50% off that day, so $2.50!)
A sewing machine, with a durable needle (vinyl is a thick fabric to sew through)
I got the dimensions from the YouTube video, but it wasn't extremely helpful on much else. Hopefully this tutorial is a bit more clear. So, to start off, you want to cut two rectangles of 16 by 12 inches from the vinyl. I really didn't measure very carefully, all I had laying around was a tape measurer and I didn't mark it or anything. I just did the best I could with what I had and tried to make the edges straight (it really doesn't have to be perfect).
|I chose a tan vinyl with a tan and gold zipper.|
|Pin the zipper downward, so when it's facing the|
correct way, it is somewhat hidden
|When you pull the zipper up after it is sewn,|
it should look like this. When both sides
are connected it then sits correctly!
|When both sides are sewn they should lay like this|
next to each other. You then are able to zip them
back together to make sure it looks correct.
The zipper is honestly the hardest part of this whole project just because it takes some figuring out to get it right. I hope those pictures help, if not- just play around with it until you get it the way you want it to look when the clutch is closed.
Next you have to sew up the other three sides when the clutch is inside out. This is really simple and you want to leave about half an inch of space between where the zipper is and where you stop sewing. I would sew about half an inch in on the sides as well, I may have done a little bit more than this and cut off the excess because I had actually measured it a little bit bigger than 16" by 12".
|I had to cut off the excess on the bottom after I sewed|
the pieces together.
|Cut as close to the stitches as possible.|
|What a disaster! haha|
At this point, you're ready to use your clutch! I wanted to use it and have it kind of fold over to create a slouchy look, but the vinyl I had purchased was almost too thick for that (if you want to be able to do that get something that is meant to be a faux leather). I then realized this pouch was the perfect size for my MacBook pro. I am able to fit my computer and charger and other things in this case perfectly. I have been using it constantly, and I think it looks so sleek. The best part is, I spent like $4 on the whole project, and it really does look 'expensive'. Here are some pictures of how it turned out, sorry they're not that great, I just felt so goofy modeling it :)
|The 'slouchy' clutch look, with just my |
keys, phone and other things from
my purse inside.
|More structured looking with my|
laptop in it.
|Fits my MacBook Pro and charger perfectly :)|