And if you are not the clutch type or the felt type you can easily adjust! I'm sharing some tips for that a little further down!
Let's do this and make a cute felt clutch!
- a piece of felt 33x42cm or 13x16 inches (I used a thicker kind of felt to make the whole bag more sturdy and durable)
- embroidery yarn (RED is my color)
- embroidery needle or a normal sewing needle
- sewing machine
Fold your piece of felt in half and fixate it with clothespins (clothespins are a crafter's bestfriend - have you seen the big washi tape DIY ideas post that I made a weeks ago?! Lots of awesome ideas to make the little things in life prettier!)
Take a piece of paper and fold it in have, draw and cut out a rectangle shape. Place that piece of paper on to the bag and draw around it. This is going to be the inside of the bag so no one is going to see the pen marks on the felt. Then turn it around and do it to the other side as well - make sure both cut outs are at the same spot as well as on the inside of the bag.
Take a pen and write "i love.." backwords on the inside of the bag - keeping the position of it in mind. To make it easier just fold it again and write it in the middle of the felt piece. Then take your embroidery yarn and start stitching those lovely words!
When you are done stitching on "i love..." add a heart to the other side. I love cute little details like that plus you can make any kind of heart to make your felt clutch even more you (you can make a pointy one, a wide one or a twirled one). My felt clutch looked like that after I was done stitching
Now comes the sewing part. You can either add an insert to your clutch or not. I ended up adding one just to try it out but would also make one without the insert. Without the insert you just fold the bag in half, make sure that the embroidery fun is on the inside and sew along both sides. Turn it inside out and you are done.
I am going to take my felt clutch to the farmer's market, hang out with it at cafes and take it everywhere I go! It's the perfect size and I just love the bright red combined with the dark grey felt. It makes me feel all cozy...I adore this felt cluthes' versatility, you can either use the handle or just clutch it! How fun is that?! I think this is going to be a new favorite of mine (Does it ever happen to you that you love something so much that you don't want to wear it or use it so it doesn't get all used - looking?! This is just happening to me with this one lol).
I am making a promise to myself - I am going to rock this clutch and going to love it til it looks all loved and used! And by then I probably already have a new idea for a fun bag...
Put a strap on it If you aren't a big fan of clutches or those kind of handles you can easily add a strap to it - use braided rope, thick wool or thick fake leather bands and you can have it dangling from your shoulder!
Experiment with different materials If felt isn't your kind of material use a fabric with similar sturdiness instead. If you are in love with a light cotton fabric use interlining to make it sturdy.