After writing about origami inspired clothing I had origami on the brain and came up with this origami clutch. It's super simple and requires NO sewing!
Fabric- Preferably heavier cotton. Mine is decorator weight.
Fabric stiffener- I found mine at JoAnn's for less than $5.
Small spreader- A credit card works!
Iron and ironing board
Plastic to cover your work surface
Window screen or something similar for drying
Cut your fabric into a rectangle measuring 17 3/4" x 23". Lay out some plastic on your work surface and place your fabric on top.
|Yes, Stiffy. Oh, the jokes that have come from this bottle.|
When you've thoroughly covered one side, flip your fabric over and repeat on the other side.
It should be saturated but not sopping wet. Set it somewhere to dry. I've done this twice now and used a cooling rack both times. The first time it worked great and the second time it left weird impressions and stains on the fabric, so be careful with that. A piece of window screen or a sweater drying screen is probably your best bet.
Don't worry if it dries into a funky shape. We'll fix that in a bit.
When it's completely dry (give it a few hours or overnight), iron your fabric flat. The heat should make it go limp. Let it cool on a flat surface. It should become stiff again as it cools.
When it's flat and cooled, take your scissors and trim a quarter inch off each side. It should be just enough to get all the loose threads and wavy edges off.
Then, get your iron and ironing board ready and watch this horribly low quality video:
I made the rookie mistake of not cleaning my iron before I got started and ended up with some junk on my finished clutch. I busted out my orange fabric paint and easily covered up the spots.
This is a really slim clutch..you won't be able to fit lipstick and your car keys in there. It's perfect for some cash, an ID, and maybe your phone if it's thin.
|Wearing Gap shirt, Asos skirt, F21 bangles, Charlotte Russe sandals|