How to Make a Tote and Clutch in One
You didn’t think we’d actually go a week without including some ode to our favorite pattern, chevron, did you? For this bit of colorful joy, we’ll show you how to use VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties to create your own adjustable bag that works as both a tote and a clutch.
– 1 yard of fabric (we used Panama Wave from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores)
– VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties (in green and pink)
– sewing machine
We chose to use VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties because we love the springy colors they come in. They also catch less on things like sweaters and silk tops.
Cut your material out. You’ll need the following:
– 2 pieces that are 17 1/2 inches by 14 inches (bag)
– 1 piece that is 12 inches by 8 inches (pocket)
– 1 piece that is 22 inches by 4 inches (strap)
Take the front and back pieces of your bag and iron each edge 1/2 inch down. Iron down each side another 1/2 inch, and sew those seams! Do the same with the pocket piece.
Attach your pocket to the front piece of the bag.
Turn the front and back inside out, and sew the bottom and two sides of your bag.
Your bag should now look like this.
Now it’s time to attach the VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties. Cut each piece so that it fits into your chevron pattern. Measure it so that when you fold the tote down into a clutch, the VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties attach to each other.
Sew the VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties onto your bag. If you want to be able to close your bag when it’s in tote form, add VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties to the top opening of your tote as well.
Last, it’s time to add the strap. Fold your strap piece in half, inside out and sew. Pull it back so that it’s right side out and sew onto the inside of your bag.
And that’s it!
How cute is this bag?
Have you made an adjustable bag before? What about other cool things using VELCRO® Brand products? Tell us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)