30.12.14

how to: turn a wash bag into a clutch!

I bought this adorable macaroon wash bag from primark (for £4) about two months ago with the intention of using it as a clutch, but it just got put to the side as I decided it looked too much like a wash bag due to the big flat bottom! Today I finally got round to altering it into a proper clutch and thought I would show you how. This is the first time I have ever altered a ready made item rather then making something from scratch, so I was super happy with the result! And the inside is nice and easy to clean due to the wash bag interior, so if you ever see a cute wash bag you wish was a clutch, here's how to do it! 


YOU WILL NEED:

-A wash bag of your choice (check out Primark for pretty patterns)
-Scissors.
-Herbie. (Sewing Machine)


STEP ONE:

Firstly you will need to cut off the flat bottom of the wash bag, remember to make sure you cut the inner material too! Try to make it as even as you can but it doesn't matter if it's a little wobbly!



STEP TWO:

Now that you've cut off the bottom, it's time to turn the clutch inside out. Close the zip to keep the bag as taught as possible (but leave about a cm open so you can push the zip back open with your finger when you've sew up the bottom!) Now pin along the bottom and draw a rough guide of where you are going to sew, if the lining is much smaller then the outer you may need to pull it tight as you sew to stop any bumps. Now sew along your line making sure to reverse stitch at each end to stop it unravelling.


STEP THREE:

You can either stop here, turn your bag inside out and have your clutch like that, but because my wash bag got a little wider at the bottom and I wanted more of a rectangular look, I took mine a step further.

As you can see the sides taper out a bit and I wasn't fond of this look, so I turned it back inside out, and drew two lines on each side of the bag from the zip down. I then sewed along these lines just up to the zip but not all the way so as not to compromise the nice edge right at the top.




Now simply cut off the excess leaving a small seam and turn the clutch back the right way! All done!


I am really happy with how this turned out and will definitely be trying this again with other clutches. Let me know what you think of this DIY.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Serena Ozgowicz is a 23 year old Puggle owner with a passion for beauty, crafts and coding! You can follow her on facebook, twitter and instagram. Thank you for reading this post!

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