Today’s tutorial has a simple beauty.
A refashion, using natural fibers and vintage buttons.
Start by washing a 100% wool sweater in hot water and drying it in a hot dryer to cause the fibers to become tight so they won’t fray. This is the process called “felting”.
Then cut a rectangular piece to use for your clutch. Cut one corner to your desired shape.
Next, fold up the bottom and pin to hold in place while you use the blanket stitch around three sides.
Start the blanket stitch by coming up through the bottom, then a short distance from the first stitch bring your needle down through all the layers.
Bring needle around and back up through the loop. Pull tight and continue all around the three edges.
Now to choose some buttons.
The button fairy came to my house last year and dropped off a huge can of various buttons. I spent hours sorting them and now keep them in various mason jars so when I have have a project, it makes it easier to find what I need. I searched through and found a few possibilities:
I then just started playing with different ways to place the buttons until I found one I liked.
I finally settled on these very old buttons. I’m not sure what they are made from, almost look like they might possibly be ivory. I loved the different shapes and details.
Sew them on and your clutch is ready.
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