Ever since I was little I've always love crafting and creating. Whether it be snipping fabrics, making cards, or trying my hands at painting, I enjoy making things and turning nothing into something. When Tiffany sent me her latest book 'This Can Be Beautiful', it got me back into the DIYing groove! She is such an inspiration and the pages of her book are so colorful, sparkly and beautiful that immediately I wanted to tackle some of the DIYs. I love that this book is more of a rainbow-infused guide than an instruction manual. It gives you the creative freedom to really create and let your own personality come out, but it also gives you the essential "need-to-know" tips. I stopped into Value Village for some materials the other day and took to page 16 of the book to create this simple DIY pillowcase clutch. As soon as I saw this set of floral pillowcases (for 99 cents!), I was in awe. So pastel, so gold, so me! I knew it would make the perfect piece. I also scooped up some gold costume earrings which act as the (pretend) clasp and went to town on the clutch.
You can do this clutch with either a sewing machine or a hot glue gun. I opted for the glue gun method because of the simplicity. Tiffany also showcased the project on City Line and the steps could not be simpler! Check out this video for the full run-down.
Pillow case / fabric
Tea towel / old fabric (for lining)
Glue gun and glue (or sewing machine)
Fake clasp (earring, button, anything... or nothing!)
Self-adhesive velcro if you want the clutch to close (I didn't have any so mine doesn't actually "close")
Cut pillow case and lining to size (keep the fabric 3x longer than the actual size of clutch you want since you'll be folding up the bottom and folding the top fabric down)
Glue (or sew) the towel completely to the pillow case which will act as your lining and give the clutch some more thickness (think, laptop protector?)
Fold up the bottom portion and glue just around the edges so that the middle is open
Fold over the top portion of the fabric and glue to the inside of the lining (that way you'll have more of a neat look)
Close your clutch and glue on your "clasp"
You can add the velcro to the inner flap to make the clutch actually a closing piece
See how simple that was? Tiffany's book is a creative wonder and will keep you inspired to turn the littlest things into such special, one-of-a-kind pieces! I love that she emphasizes that you don't need to go to the craft store and buy Martha Stewart branded items to work with. Garage sales, flea markets, your basement-- that's where to start. And from there let your creativity run wild.
You need to get your hands on Tiffany's Bookand infuse some glittery, rainbow fun into your DIY world!
"If all else fails throw some glitter on it. That's what I do."