DIY Contest WINNER!!

Aug 28, 2009

First, I just want to say thank you to all who entered this contest! With so many great entries, the judges were definitely given a tough task to choose just ONE winner but the results are in and I won't keep you waiting. The winner is Emily Gifford! Congratulations!

Emily created five beautiful bridesmaid clutches for only $50 and you can follow her tutorial below. I think one of our lovely judges, Gia, summed it up perfectly:

I think a DIY project should not only be an affordable solution but it should also reflect the love, time, energy and thought you put into the project. I'm sure Emily's bridesmaids will treasure the purses she made for each of them. I also like the fact that the clutches can be personalized to each bridesmaid by using different fabrics, sewing on a monogram, etc.

So true! Read on for how to follow Emily's lead and craft your own clutches ...

Bridesmaid Clutches

- purse frame
- fabric (I like upholstery weight fabric for this project as it gives the clutches more stiffness)
- interfacing
- thread
- sewing machine
- cardboard

Step 1
Pick out your frame and use it as a guide to make a pattern. This may take some experimenting.
Step 2
Use your pattern to cut the fabric. Do this twice-once for the outside of the clutch and once for the inside.
Step 3
Also cut the pattern out of the interfacing.
Step 4
Iron the interfacing to the back of each piece of fabric.
Step 5
Put the fabric back-to-back
Step 6
Using the frame as a guide, fold over the fabric to hem. Iron to keep in place and then sew! Be careful to sew as close to the edge as possible so the stitches will stay under the frame.
Step 7
Do the same for the other sides.
Step 8
Attach tiny pieces of cardboard to the edges with strong glue. The cardboard helps to fill the frame and is useful for gluing. Allow to dry.
Step 9
Now add more glue to the other side of the cardboard and fit into the frame. I use a flathead screwdriver to make sure that all of the fabric is pushed into the frame.
Step 10
Rub the glue off the frame! Now you have beautiful clutches to match your beautiful bridesmaids!
Emily also has her own blog and if you have any questions about this project, you can e-mail her at

big thank you to all who participated for making this contest such a great success! I am grateful to all of you!


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