MAKE THE MOST AMAZING MATCHING ACCESSORY TO YOUR WEDDING GOWN / GUEST OUTFIT / DREAM DATE DRESS, IN A MERE HOUR OR TWO, TOPS!
You want a gorgeous box clutch made from the same dress fabric? Yes please!!! Minaudière clutches (AKA box clutches/clamshells) ooooze glamour, yet they are incredibly easy to make. Welcome to the second in our series of tutorials, this time on the theme of CONTEMPORARY, which show you how to make your minaudière clutch LOOK A MILLION DOLLARS!! Our contemporary-styled clutches.
Materials you'll need (minus the fabrics and embellishments):
* To get your minaudière box clutch and all the glues you need click here to see our collection and order - WE DELIVER WORLDWIDE.
* To see how to cover your minaudière, or add a partition, gusset or cover to it check out my free tutorials here
* Read on for how to add contemporary style to your clutch, see our other tutorials on the themes of vintage and boho
* If you prefer to see a how-to film on putting together a minaudière click here to check out my Craftsy Class.
(all images collected from Pinterest)
Contemporary style explores the design of today and is always evolving, it can easily relate to other styles, as any given style can be given a contemporary twist or have a contemporary element within it. In this period of contemporary we look at fresh, clean and natural, showing that less is more giving you simple elegance.
Seek out modern-looking prints and try a rose gold frame for an instant hit of contemporary! This smoky grey fabric looked great with silver, but really pops with the rose gold.
Give a new lease of life to a brooch you've had stuck at the back of your wardrobe. Before you attach the fabric to the shell, do a dry-run to see where you would like the brooch to be positioned. Mark around the brooch on the fabric with a vanishing marker, then cut out a slightly smaller (than the marked area) piece of fusible woven interfacing to ensure the layer wont be visible later. Fuse the interfacing to the area you want to attach the brooch to. Attach the brooch securely with the brooch pin and follow the usual instructions to glue the fabric to the shell.
Inspired by the wonder that is monstera leaves, we used off-cuts of our fab faux leather to create these shapes. The pleather is wonderfully easy to cut, but you will need a good pair of small, sharp scissors.
Add the leaf shapes after you've stuck the the inner and outer fabrics to the shell, but before you glue the shells into the frame. The stem looks neater if it can disappear underneath the frame when the clutch is finished.
Cut out the desired leafy shape and carefully draw around it on the reverse of the pleather (to make this a bit easier you can glue the template to some thin card - an old greetings card is perfect - before you cut it out). Carefully cut out the pleather leaf (you will definitely need teeny tiny sewing scissors to cut out the holes in the middle - use them to pierce the fabric in the centre of the hole shape, and once the scissors are in, cut outwards around the line).
Play around with positioning before applying tacky glue to the reverse of the leaf with a small paint brush, paying particular attention to the edges, so that they are stuck down really thoroughly, then stick carefully onto the clutch.
Who knew that making a knockout customised clutch was this fun and easy? (not to mention a fraction of the price of a ready-made clutch).
If you try out any of these projects, we'd love to see what you come up with! Tag us @uhandbag on Instagram, share on our Facebook page or email us at the U-Handbag office :)