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Tutorial: Make a DIY Summer Clutch

2 July 2014 1,788 views One Comment

by samantha

clutch made from dollar store dish mats

Using an unlikely dollar-store item, you can make an easy summer clutch inspired by high-end fashion.  Holes are hot right now. This year, sporty summer fashion is including a lot of eyelet, perforated fabric, leather and mesh. You can try out this trend for less than $3.

Project estimate:

  • Two white dish mats, $2
  • Good glue like 5-minute epoxy or E6000, on hand
  • Magnet clasp for purses (optional), on hand or $1 and up

Total:  $2 and up

clutch made from dollar store dish mats - step 1

First, remove any labels and wash and dry the mats.

clutch made from dollar store dish mats - step 3

Glue on a magnetic or similar clasp if you want one, lining up the magnets on each mat.  Allow to dry.

clutch made from dollar store dish mats - step 5

Glue around three sides of your mats. Press the mats together and flatten with a couple of heavy books. Allow to dry.

clutch made from dollar store dish mats - clutch after

You're done.

Like any flat clutch, you're limited to carrying flat items. But your DIY clutch will be roomy enough for a phone, metro card, paperwork or some reading material. Since your clutch is tough and washable, you can even take it to the beach.

clutch made from dollar store dish mats - clutch after 3

And, yeah, you could dry your dishes on it.

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