This DIY wasn't planned, i actually went to town to buy tissue and ended up visiting this really old, broken down shop in my uni town called "Boyes" it has everything from clothes to plumbing materials it's literally heaven for anyone that's always thinking of DIY-ing their things, i'm shocked i haven't been there before.
I got the inspiration from the container i got for my nail polishes, i bought a clear pencil case for 43 pence.
I thought the whole look was really minimal and it reminded me of the FURLA Candy Bag which was on my wishlist.
|FURLA Candy Bag|
I thought i'd try and recreate something like it in a clutch version so I went back to the shop and bought two sizes of the pencil case and 3 metres of gold curb chain and got to work, here's how it went:
- Started off with the gold curb chain and pencil case. The chain was a 3 metre roll so i used a pair of scissors to pry open the links to get the desired lengths.
- I used some navy thread i had laying around and fastened the top of the chain onto the black zip of the pencil case. I used a loophole stitch (i think! to be honest i just did something until it worked!)
|After a few loops I got quite a good solid attachment to the pencil case, pulling tightly is important here!|
- On the small pencil case i did this at the beginning and end of the chain, pulling the thread through each loop hole, and this is what i ended up with.
|I used Blu-Tack to fasten the chain so i didn't have to keep holding it when i was sewing it to the case|
I wanted something different for the bigger pencil case and thought the chains hanging down could look good. I measured out the length and width of the pencil case and calculated how many chains i would need to fill the case. I used the same method as before on the top of each chain leaving the rest unfastened.
About two hours later (i had a few mishaps with the thread) i got this. And that's it!! My two sizes of clear plastic clutches with chain embellishment complete. I'll probably use them when i'm going out pairing them with a lot of black. Maybe i'll use the little bag to hold keys when i'm dashing out.
All in all the three metres of chain cost me £3.75, the thread cost 30p and the pencil cases cost £1 altogether. So around £5 for everything! It's time consuming but DIY-ing can be rewarding and you improve with each one! I'm glad i found that shop, i hope it's still there when i go back to uni for my second year!
So that's it for now, get DIY-ing! its a great way to save money and have something a little different, let me know if you DIY anything i'd love to see!