DIY BLOGGISTAS! | Chic + Pretty DIY Clutches for Your Bridesmaids + Free Template | by Danielle of DSMeeBee

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Happy afternoon, my love muffins!  Summer seems to have arrived slightly late, since it’s like, what – OCTOBER right now?  (WOW.  I need to put the petal to the metal on Halloween costumes for Bam.  We were thinking *bunny* but that wouldn’t require a costume…)  But you don’t hear me complaining, because it’s the perfect temperature right now for outdoor lovemaking, clothing optional.  I mean, if you were wondering what parameters I use to judge perfect weather.  It’s those.  Perfect weather is all about the choice to wear whatevs you want to wear.  And I could walk outside in longs and longs, or in my [STOP READING HERE IF YOU ARE MY FAMILY] French maid costume, or in my littlest itty bitties that I catalog order (if you get your underwear from brick and mortar shops, you’re gonna wanna stop LIKERIGHTNOW, because I’ve been told way too many horror stories about what happens to those skivvies, TEE RUST ME, bubelahs).  But aaaaaanyway… as I was saying, sunshine is like nutella to me.  A warm, non-delicious but mindblowingly good mood delivering substance I like to consume, and I loves its.  I’m sure you agree…?  So here’s what I’m going to do; I’m going to play pretend and act as though this breezy, sunny brilliance is just typical nyc for this time of year.  Will you join me in my psychosis?  Yes?  Alrighty!!  … For those who said no, why’d you say no?  That’s weird.  I’m going to assume you’re the same person who leave comments about immigration under puppy videos on YouTube.  Please, be gone from here.

Omigosh so I just spent 10 minutes perusing puppy videos on YouTube because I wrote that and now I’m in brain heaven.  Puppies are effing phenomenal.  This has nothing to do with this post what the heck.  Back on track.

Today I’m so excited to introduce to you a brand new DIY Bloggista here at TKB.  Wheeee!  Her name is Danielle, and she has her own lovely and creative blog called DSMeeBee where she shares all of the super creative projects she gets into when she’s not BEING AN ARCHITECT.  Like WHOA.  I am very George Costanza when it comes to my fascination with and adulation for architects.  They’re like magic fairies who have discovered the secret of human flight.  Me, I tend to be excessively impressed by things I do not have an understanding of myself, so that’s why that’s happening.  Here’s a little more from Danielle on why she does what she does… “I also have a background in sculpture and graphic design.  So I guess that is where my love of DIY comes from. I have been married for 10 months but have my “big wedding” planned for next June. So that is why I started a Wedding DIY blog!” 

SO!  I really think you guys are gonna dig her as much as I do, and I hope you’ll welcome her with loving outstretched arms as she shares the first DIY she created for you Knottistas!  (I wanna call you guys that.  Not sure.  Trying it out.  Rolls off the tongue nicely… we’ll see.)  Take it away, Danielle…

Hi, everyone!

Every brides wants the perfect way to say thank you to her bridesmaids. A bridesmaid’s job can be expensive and time consuming…..of course it is a friends pleasure to do so. But she should definitely receive a thoughtful thank you for her efforts. This tutorial is a great way to say a big and personal thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. Making an extra clutch for the bride to match the bridal party it will be super cute!

Things you will need:

  • DSMeeBee Rose Petal Template
  • Felt – $2 a Yard
  • Pearl Button – $1 for 4
  • 4” Wide Lace Trim – $0.40 a Yard
  • Satin Fabric – $5 a Yard
    • Need less than a ¼ yard for this project.

Things from around the house:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing Pins
  • Ruler
  • Needle and Thread

Optional:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sizzix Flower Petal Die Cutter
  • Sewing Machine
  • Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine

Step 1: Optional

I used my Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine to embroider a heart with the words “thank you” for inside your clutch. The heart is a cute way of saying thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. If you don’t have an embroidery machine you can always use iron on letters and iron them onto the heart.

Step 2:

Cut out a 8 ½” x 11” sheet of felt and wrap the lace trim around one end of the felt. My lace trim was a little over 4” wide and was perfect for the dimensions of this clutch. After you completely wrap the lace around the felt, fold the lace edge under itself and pin it down so there are no loose edges. Sew all the edges of the lace down with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread.

Step 3:

Where you just sewed the lace down and have the seam of the lace is where you should now fold the lace and felt assembly down on itself to create a 3” pocket and pin it down. On the other side of the felt layout the lace trim with the scalloped edge hanging over the felt edge. But this time only pin the lace on one side and let the rest of the lace hang over one edge. Take your satin heart and pin it down on the lace. This will be the inside face of the clutch. Using a sewing machine or needle and thread to sew the edges of the pocket and sew down the lace and the heart. Once everything is sewn down take the excess lace and wrap it in the front of the clutch. Now pin it down and again fold the edge of the lace on itself to create a nice seam. Sew all of the loose edges of the lace down with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread.

At that this point you have a beautiful lace clutch but if you want to do add a little something extra follow the next steps.

Step 4:

I used my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut felt and lace petals to cover the front of my clutch. You don’t need to have a die cutter to cut the petals but it is obviously much faster to use one. The alternative is to use the DSMeeBee Rose Petal Template to cut out the petals out with scissors. Cut about 30 large felt petals, 15 large lace petals, 6 small felt petals, and 6 small lace petals. After you have cut your petals out set them aside.

Step 5:

Cut a 7”x3 ½” strip of felt for the front of the clutch and layout the petals as you want them to be. I used layers of 4 petals alternating felt and felt with lace petals to create layered flower effect. After laying out each layer of petals I then sewed down that row and then mirrored it on the other side. At the end using a needle and thread sew down the small petals to create a small flower in the middle. In the center of that small flower sew down a button.

Step 6:

Using a sewing machine or needle and thread attach the strip of felt with the petals sewed down onto it and sew that down on the front of the clutch.

Now you have beautiful, handmade, and personalized clutches for your bridal party! Let your bridal party know how much you love them and how thankful you are for all of their help! These clutches are also awesome because you can fill them with small gifts such as jewelry and give them to your bridal party at your rehearsal dinner. What a lovely and thoughtful gift to show your gratitude!

xo  - Danielle, DSMeeBee

Thank you, Danielle!  I’m a lover of lace in the right place…s, so I obvs. find this project to be a fabulous one.  If I were a crazy housewife who flips tables and starts fights out of NOTHING who also wrote a book about cooking even though she doesn’t know how to read and write to cook, I’d call your project Fabuliscious!  But yeah, that project is really such a great way to give your ladies something beautiful without breaking the bank.  Love it!

Ok I’m curious, lovers…

do you think you’d be inclined to try to create something for your bridesmaids?  Whether it be a clutch, or a bracelet, a necklace or something totally different.  Or would you rather just go out and buy something ready-made?

xoxo!  - Alison

P.S. Addendum! – Happy evening to our MAKE BELIEVE’N GIVEAWAY WINNER, COMMENTER #209, Liz, who wrote: “This would be amazing to win! The winning girl is going to adore whichever belt she chooses I am sure of it!” 

Be sure to get in touch with us in the comments or via email so we can hook you up with your prize!


P.P.S – I love you guys.  Love, Alison.

P.P.P.S. – Did I just make it weird, by saying that?  Is it weird now?  Don’t answer that, it is, it’s weird now.

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30 comments

  1. abi on October 11, 2011

    LOVE this clutch. I made almost everything for my wedding with my bridesmaids and would have loved to give them these and even make one for myself. Because of the time crunch around the wedding I didn’t have time to have the bridesmaids tea I wanted so maybe I will make these and have my tea after all.

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    • talkaboutprom on November 22, 2012

      I used my Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine to embroider a heart with the words “thank you” for inside your clutch. The heart is a cute way of saying thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. If you don’t have an embroidery machine you can always use iron on letters and iron them onto the heart.

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  2. kfloveinme on October 11, 2011

    Very cute! I may have to try making them for my bridesmaid.

    P.S. You crack me up!

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  3. Alyssa on October 11, 2011

    LOVE it…I question my own ability to make one without permanently attaching lace to my own hand. Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad?

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  4. Lena on October 11, 2011

    This clutch is so stinkin’ CUTE-GAH! I will admit that I would probably sew my fingers together before being able to actually make said clutch, but that doesn’t mean it’s not damn cute.

    Also, how would you feel if I dressed as a flamingo for Halloween? Pink lycra onsie and a stuffed flamingo butt bikini covered in pink faux fur. That’s no joke.

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  5. Camille on October 11, 2011

    Love it! So gorgeous. I’ve been looking for something like this to make for my bridesmaids. Does the bag stay pretty structured? Would interfacing help? Also, is there a type of closure you’d recommend? A magnetic clasp or something?

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  6. libby on October 11, 2011

    Man. I wish I got along with a sewing machine. I’d make those for everyone, for every gift giving occasion. Thank god for Etsy! I’m a shopper.

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  7. Koru Kate on October 11, 2011

    I wish I could sew (my few attempts have failed in epic ways) because this clutch is CUTE! The thank you heart inside is a sweet touch.

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  8. Erin on October 11, 2011

    Love these clutches….If only I had listened in Home Ec and knew how to operate a sewing machine with such ease….although perhaps actually OWNING one first would be helpful.

    As for “making” things for my bridesmaids. I did this on the front end of my planning, as I figured once I got INTO planning the wedding it would take over. So, for my MOH I created an entire scrapbook of our friendship. All the pages had pictures of each of us and it told the story of how we met & became friends. On the last page I had this cute bridal graphic with a bridesmaid and asked her to be my MOH. She cried for a good 10 minutes =)

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  9. Veronica on October 12, 2011

    This is SO CUTE! Great DIY post! <3

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  10. Kristin Kowalski on October 12, 2011

    I absolutely love these clutches! They are so perfect for my wedding… except I feel like there’s no way I could actually make them and have them turn out this gorgeous.

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  11. Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} on October 12, 2011

    Whoa… you lost me at sewing machine. :P They are beautiful though. I will say, as a professional bridesmaid (I feel earned that title… on wedding #8) that I would LOVE to receive this! Sweet, personal, and beautiful!

    P.S. Is it weird if I say I love you too? Don’t answer that. We’ve never even met, and you were saying “you guys” and I just said it to you, and… now it’s weird. I made it weird.

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  12. abi on October 12, 2011

    I just realized my earlier comment made it sound like I didn’t give my bridesmaids thank you gifts. I bought them necklaces:) But a handmade gift would have been way more meaningful.

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  13. Kristine {In Love, Engaged} on October 12, 2011

    Wow, Danielle. You are one talented gal. I’m not sure I could pull this off–well, I may be able to after a few *minor* accidents. See, that’s why they have shops like Etsy. So I can buy super creative, handmade items from creative, adept people like you! Well done!

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  14. Dinah, I Do Deals on October 12, 2011

    These are to die for!! So elegant and dainty! I’m the MOH in a wedding next month, and I assure you that if my best friend (a.k.a. the bride) were at all sewing machine inclined, I’d be begging for her to make this gorgeous clutch for me. LOVE!

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  15. Aurea on October 13, 2011

    This is really adorable and very much doable! :) Bridesmaids would be delighted to receive this kind of favor from the bride and they would definitely rock a purse like this!

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  16. Samantha on October 13, 2011

    These clutches are AH-mazing! I’m not a very crafty person but I need feel a sudden urge to run out and buy everything to make these.

    P.S. Love the reference to RHONJ, Teresa annoys me so much and I don’t understand how she didn’t understand why her cookbook wasn’t on the best seller list!

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  17. FDS on October 13, 2011

    thank you for this diy idea! :)

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  18. Danielle de Luna on October 13, 2011

    Camille,

    HI its Danielle the designer and maker of the clutch! You know after I made this clutch all my friends were like you have to have a closure. Because the front of the clutch is fairly heavy from all of the felt petals I decided I did need a closure. There are so many cute closures ideas…..button, snap, velcro, eye lets with tied ribbons. I am going to do a series of different clutch ideas on my blog….dsmeebee.blogspot.com

    Hope that helps <3

    Thanks to everyone who has commented….thanks for you support!

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  19. Amanda Yuni on October 13, 2011

    I love these ideas!! This is so helpful.

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  20. Camille on October 16, 2011

    Danielle,

    Oh I’m excited about a whole clutch series! These are just too awesome to pass up. They’d be gorgeous in a variety of colors and there are so many clasp options. Thrilled to see them all!

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  21. iphone 5 on October 25, 2011

    That is a subject shut to my heart cheers, wherever are your get in touch with specifics however?

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  22. kimisha on February 4, 2012

    I wish I could do this! I know I’m gonna try.

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  23. Isabella on February 12, 2012

    Love it :)

    I made a list of Clutch tutorials on my blog <3
    You're in it, hope thats okay :)
    http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.com/2012/02/lot-of.html

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  24. Annabella Merlin on March 3, 2012

    One of best clutch bag tutorial I’ve seen! Love the texture of the fabric. Looks really feminine and pretty!

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  25. Sapphire Coast Weddings on May 24, 2012

    A little bit of work involved, but it’s an amazing final product.

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  26. janet on July 7, 2012

    So pretty. Wish I know how to sew.

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  27. Shawnna on February 4, 2013

    I love this! I was looking for a cute clutch to make my bestie for her birthday and this is the winner! Thank you so much for the tutorial. Hopefully mine comes out as lovely as yours!

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  28. Lindsey on May 25, 2014

    Hi Danielle,
    I am going to make this clutch for grad to go with my dress, but I was just wondering where I can find the BSMeeBee petal template? Am I blind?

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  29. Sew Classy Purses on June 11, 2014

    Thank you for the great tutorial. A friend is getting married and asked me to make these for her bridesmaids. Great site. Thank you.

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