4 Brilliant Ways to Embellish a Clutch
Yesterday we scoured the web for all the creative ways our fellow makers and shakers create their own classy clutches, and now we’re here to show you a couple tricks of our own. Read on to see how we turned a couple basic zip clutches into statement bags using nothing but fabric trim, statement necklaces, and glue!
<br/>– zip pouches or clutches
– statement necklaces
– fabric scissors
– E-6000 glue
– needle nose pliers
We picked up these clutches at American Apparel so they were a little on the pricey side – we just love their variety of colors. You could also use something you already have, or try hitting up a thrift shop.
For embellishments, we used graphic trim, neon trim, and two statement necklaces found at Icing. Yes. Icing.
And don’t forget your trusty tools!
We’ll start with a clutch that ended up looking pretty vintage. Lay out the necklace how you’d like it to be on your clutch. Use needle nose pliers to detach chain or any additional beads or pieces from the necklace.
Use a toothpick to apply E-6000 glue to the back of your necklace and press onto the clutch. Let dry for at least an hour before using, but best to let it dry overnight to really adhere.
Done! We love how the chains hang on the front of the clutch.
Next, we added a silver feathery necklace to a turquoise clutch. Create two rows of feathers by using needle nose pliers to cut the right length stripe. Then use a toothpick to glue.
We like to call this look Native American Neon ;)
Speaking of neon, this next bag is straight out of the 80s… but in a good way. We chose three bright colors of trim and glued them right onto the bag. If your bag has curved edges, use a pencil to trace and cut along the seam to echo the shape.
We can almost hear Take On Me playing in the background just by looking at this purse.
Last we went with a graphic, almost tribal look. The process for this is the same as the neon. Cut the trim to size, use a toothpick to apply glue to the back of the trim and glue onto the bag.
Loving all those patterns together!
It’s so hard to pick a favorite – they’re all so different.
Which of these styles is your favorite? Have you tried tricking out or making your own clutch? Talk to us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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