Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Asymmetrical Chain Clutch and DIY Countdown



I have 1 week left of maternity leave and I plan to crank out the DIYs because I know time will become much more limited (and will be spent doting upon the children) when I return to work.

For this project, inspiration struck me whilst trying to get Baby E back to sleep at 4am.  How about a clutch with a decorative chain + button closure?  I drafted it up in my imagination and thought about it extra hard (*click* goes the camera for the mental picture - sorry, I sometimes just have to go for the cheese factor) so that it would stick in my mind when I got some DIY time.

My original vision was to use heavy, striped or chevron fabric in a white / blue combination, but I was scared of ruining expensive fabric, so decided to do a trial run with some old, leftover material.

DIY Asymmetrical Chain Clutch
Looking at this now, I should probably iron the flap to make the angles more crisp.

I was floundering when making this because I wasn't sure how to give this bag structure.  I wound up stuffing 2 pieces of felt between the lining and exterior.  This worked fine, but upon researching how real DIY bags are made, I found there is a special kind of interfacing that can be used instead.  Good thing this is a practice run!

Other projects I just finished (so many inspirations lately!):
Bejeweled Collar

Knotted Rope Bracelet

DIY Tribal Necklace (worn here)
Made from dissecting an old necklace, eyepinning the beads and arranging the geometric shape

DIY Crocheted Crescent Necklace in Yellow (video tutorial here)

I also have a structured sleeve dress, Kate Spade Jillian-esque dress, and chevron skirt in the works for future posts.  Busy sewing bee over here.  :)

How would you feel if I offered up practice DIY items for giveaway?  I sometimes wind up swimming in finished projects with too many to actually use.  But I don't want you to think I'm trying to foist things upon you.

34 comments:

  1. I think that's a fab idea! I love all of your DIY!!! :D Can't wait to see the dresses you made! :D

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  2. Thats good idea SPG! Love your DIYs so much.

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  3. i love these latest DIYs! an SPG piece is a forever piece! i hope you enjoy this last week before you head back! xox P

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  4. love the knot bracelet :) hot!

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  5. Love all the pieces especially that clutch! you are amazing at what you do! I did not know you were on maternity leave? Im such a bad blogger friend lol I didnt even know you just had a baby?

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    1. LOL, I didn't really JUST have a baby - she's nearly a year old now :)

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  6. everyone loves a giveaway! i love the rope bracelet and the tribal necklace - it's so impressive that you reconstructed such a cool, intricate pattern! i'd love to see a photo of you modeling the collar on an outfit - i bet it looks cute on you!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'll definitely have a future post with the collar on :)

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  7. You are great with the DIYs. I wish I had your creativity. These look fantastic.

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  8. these are great pieces, doing a giveaway would be fun!

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  9. I love all your DIYS. I wish I have one ounce of your talent.

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  10. I'd love that! Happy DIYing :-)

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  11. ooooh u know i'm instantly drawn to the bracelet.

    i like the chain button closure clutch too, but i think bc there's already chains & a button, i'd keep the structure to a simple envelope clutch w/keeping the asymetric flap idea.

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    1. Thanks Aubs! That makes complete sense - need to work on clutch #2 with learnings from clutch #1

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  12. Foist away....would love to see some of your projects up close.

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  13. Yes, I second (third?) that, "foist" away!
    I am also at the end of my vacation, and have been a busy DIY bee!

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  14. I would love that idea :) I love all your DIY items! and you are super talented!

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  15. I love the knotted bracelet!! I am exited to see your second attempt at that clutch!

    A DIY giveaway would be awesome! :)

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  16. Oh wow, that clutch looks so cool, S!! I'm sure everyone would love to own a piece of your beautiful items so a giveaway would make us all happy. ; ) You should make more to sell on your Etsy! : ) Loving your creations lately...I hope you'll get more chances to do DIYs even once you start work again!

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    1. P.S. There's an ad below your title and above the start of your post. Not sure if it's purposely there!

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    2. Thanks Jessy! That's very sweet of you :) The ad is on purpose, but temporary - thanks for checking though! It's definitely a mistake I've made before, lol.

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  17. This looks amazing!

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  18. You are amazing. That clutch is a trial run? It looks awesome. I'm not one to turn down a giveaway, so please, foist away! :)
    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  19. You are on a roll!! I'm hoping some of these creations are for sale at your Etsy shop - going to check it out today :)

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    1. Hehe, definitely been feeling inspired lately! Thanks Elaine!

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  20. Oh I could learn so much from you. Keep 'em coming!

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  21. Fabulous DIY, the clutch is perfect :)

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  22. I'd be glad to have one your trial items! They are gorg! And LOL on the idea coming to you at a 4am feeding. I hate when inspiration strikes during that time b/c then it's so hard to fall back asleep, LOL. You are a busy bee, can't wait to see it all though!

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  23. Umm... FOIST AWAY! Please think of your readers as the local Goodwill!

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  24. The first Bag looks so nice! I love the Colors :D
    maybe wanna check out my blog? I would be glad if you do so.. Have a nice day!

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