I created a DIY clutch for the Plastic Canvas Challenge. I thought it would be great for the beach. You can easily shake any sand out and dries quickly in the sun. My DIY clutch fits perfectly in my beach bag and holds all the important stuff.
- Plastic Canvas Clutch Form
- Plastic Canvas Yarn in your choice of colors (I used Blue, Light Blue, and Green)
- Cross Stitch Needle
- Seed Beads (I used Blue)
- Matching Thread and Sewing Needle
- Purse Clasp
I was really nervous for the plastic canvas challenge. Plastic Canvas was completely new to me, and I have not done cross stitching in 30 years or so. I think I earned a badge in Girl Scouts around 4th grade. Yes, I just outed my age. LOL When I started on the template, I made the mistake of whip stitching it all together. DO NOT do that. Create your pattern while it is flat and then assemble later. I had to cut it apart and start all over.
You can create this easy to make DIY clutch with a few stitch styles. I used a basic whip stitch on the edges and on most of the purse.
The plastic canvas template made this DIY clutch project go so much faster and easier! It is pre-cut and ready for all the detail work.
I filled in the chevron by making the point and then using long stitches inside the pattern. The opposite side was filled in with the green yarn using the same stitching style. I also used an up and down stitch. I don’t think there are any rules on how to make the stitches — I certainly did not follow any. I used a whip stitch to stitch most of the clutch and assembled it using a whip stitch, also.
The seed beads were added with a regular sewing needle. I would have used thread but did not have any in my travel pouch. I did have embroidery floss, so I used a few strands of it and the floss worked perfectly.
On the flap of the clutch, I added a single strand of seed beads. My DIY clutch looked like I envisioned it would over all. I think I would like to make another one using a different material. Maybe a fancy fiber-y yarn would give it a really cool earthy texture.
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