Win This Unique Handmade Fold Over Clutch and a Tutorial

Little did my mom know, that when she declared the Christmas of 1971 as a “Handmade Holiday”, she changed my life forever. The notion that my family took the time to create gifts for each other has had a lasting impact for me. I can still remember feeling so honored and loved that even my dad, who was Mr. Busy and Mr. Uncrafty, spent time putting together presents he thought we would enjoy.  The huge mosaic he made from our shag carpet remnants, hung on the wall above the piano for years. The fabric covered hanging lamp he made for me, hung above my bed until I went to college. It was this Christmas that began my own “Handmade Journey”. I became a quilt makin’, pot throwin’, furniture restorin’, clothes sewin’, scrapbookin’  fool. You name it, I was trying to make it. 

Needless to say, I’m still on my “Handmade Journey”. It has become such a part of who I am today. All seems right with the world when I’m able to design, create and share my sewing adventures with you.

I was thrilled when the editors at eHow asked me to create a slide show tutorial for their gift guide of stylish DIY projects. I knew just what to do for you!

You can upcycle an old thrift store blanket into this beautiful clutch in under an hour. This project is a perfect DIY holiday gift that is both affordable and practical. Your friends and family will appreciate the fact that you spent the time to make them a unique, earth-friendly gift this season. Even beginning sewists will be able to create this fun clutch.



You were so kind and left so many comments over at eHow on my last two projects, so I’d like to give this clutch away, too. All you have to do to be entered to win, is head on over to this clutch tutorial, scroll through the slide show and leave a comment. I will choose one lucky winner on Saturday, November 30.


Thank you, once again, for being so supportive!!


PS. The winner of the crochet shrug will be announced tomorrow.

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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54 Responses to Win This Unique Handmade Fold Over Clutch and a Tutorial

  1. cathynd95 says:

    fun and unique! I never would have thought to use a woven rug to make a clutch purse!

  2. Michelle McGuire says:

    I’m your biggest fan!!! Love your finished product. Thanks for what you do making remakes classy.

  3. Katie says:

    Love it! We should do a homemade Christmas this year!

  4. I love love love this idea and the gorgeous woven rug you used in your tutorial! And the idea of a homemade holiday…now that is inspired. Might have to implement that this holiday season!

  5. I love handmade Christmas gifts. It makes me feel so special that someone would but the time in to make something just for me. And I love to make things for those special people in my life too. Also make dresses for Haiti and toys for Sally’s house. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

  6. colormusing says:

    What a great idea for a bag! At first glance, I didn’t think it was really my style, but the more I think about it, the more I see the design possibilities- the different directions this could go, depending on the materials you start with.

  7. Desarae says:

    So awesome! I love this!! I A great way to upcycle and it looks fabulous! There are so many different possibilities with this depending on the fabric you use! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. Roschelle says:

    I’ve been making a handfull of clutches this past week and THIS was not one the styles……I think I need to add it to the group!! I love it!!

  9. What an awesome tutorial! Fingers crossed. 🙂

  10. Jo H. says:

    I really like this! I have been making your zippered pouch design with great success, so I hope to make a clutch equally easily. Thanks for your great ideas, Beth.

  11. What a fun and lovely project! I can’t wait to try it! Hugs, Katherine

  12. Louisa says:

    I loved this clutch….will head on over and make a comment…..wish me luck!

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  14. Cathy King says:

    Enjoyed the tutorial….but unable to leave a comment on the e-how site…..such a confusing place!!

  15. mari says:

    Great clutch…..and wonderful shot of you in front of the barn doors! miss you

  16. BeingZhenya says:

    The clutch is really cute, Beth! I wasn’t that big fan of the crochet top, but this is adorable!

  17. Millie Avila says:

    This is so cute! You do an excellent job on tutorials, I especially like the tassle!

  18. Carole says:

    Love, love, love it. We are in the process of making this a mostly homemade Christmas. All your ideas are super wonderful and can’t wait to try the clutch!

  19. Jean C. says:

    It turned out lovely. The colors are wonderful! I do have one of the blankets my DD brought back from Mexico… I could make one myself… but you know, it always seems I’m always sewing something else.
    I don’t Facebook so i guess I can’t enter.
    Thanks anyway.

  20. Nora says:

    Beth, I valiantly tried to leave a comment on the Clutch Tutorial site but alas, it did not seem to accept it. However, I must say what an easy to follow super chic idea! Thanks ever so, Nora

  21. Manette Gutterman says:

    I loooovvveee this clutch!

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  23. Zona says:

    Living in So. Oregon, I love and appreciate anything Pendleton. The clutch is adorable! I’m sure I can find some Pendleton fabric here in Grants Pass in one of our thrift stores. I might even have some in my stash! Thank you for g giving this “senior citizen” so much pleasure and inspiration! Zona

  24. Twinkjf says:

    Inspiration and talent! I love your site! Besides the many other fab ideas, your clutch purses are amazing, colorful, useful and well, I need one. I’ll be on the lookout with new eyes. Thanks, and
    keep your ideas coming, I so appreciate your sharing them. It makes my fingers itch to make them all.

  25. Diana and Lanny Spanninger says:

    I’ve been playing with quilted pillow shams — they make a soft unique bag or purse. I’d love to see your tutorial on this clutch bag. Thanks!

  26. Rhonda Fowler says:

    Great tutorial!! Great idea!! I can not wait to make one for my friend and one for myself!!! Awesome!!

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