a birthday clutch

Yesterday, I mentioned that today is my friend Diane’s birthday. If you were to ask me to tell you something about Diane, I would tell you that she loves sparkly things. When I was thinking about what I should make her, I knew that I wanted it to be sparkly. I thought back to the gorgeous beaded dress and belt that she wore for her wedding, and decided to make a beaded clutch. Beading can get really heavy, so I decided to make a clutch that was only partially beaded. I came up with the idea of a bow-shaped clutch with a beaded center. I started sketching out ideas, and once I came up with a general plan of how the clutch would be constructed, I got to work.  Here is the final product:

The beading part of the clutch is approximately 3″ by 10″ plus an additional 2″ that is not beaded.  The clutch itself is about 6.5″ by 11″. I wanted to make it big enough to actually hold things for a night out, but not too big that it is awkward to carry or collapse in on itself. I used a shantung silk for the exterior of the bag, and also used a medium-weight interfacing to give the bag structure. The interior is lined with a silky lining weight fabric. The ruching on the ends helps create the bow shape when the bag is closed.

I added a magnetic clasp to close the beaded strip because I wanted it to be easy to open and close. There is also a zipper on top to ensure that nothing falls out. After I took the pictures, I ended up adding a simple beaded ornament to the zipper.

Here is a close-up of the beading. I used a combination of silver, white, and clear glass and metal beads with a few sew-on rhinestones scattered about. I fully lined the back side of the beading, which added a bit of structure and hid all of the thread that I used for the beading. The beading took the longest part of construction, but the end result was completely worth it.

I gave it to Diane yesterday, and I think that it is safe to say that she loves it. Happy Friday everyone, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Mary Jane kwist says:

    I just sat down and read your entire blog and I love it! I plan on following it regularly. I definitely want to try several of the recipes, can’t wait! Your crafts are so very creative, and you are a patient artist to make so many beautiful things. Until later, MJ

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