Here is a little tid bit of information about me. I love DIY projects, fashion accessories, and chevron. Therefore, this perfect clutch redesign project by Short of Something is right up my alley. Even though I haven't tried this particular project yet, I imagine it's a little time consuming. With that being said, grab a few friends, pop in a movie, and turn this project into a craft night!
Start with a trip to Goodwill or a plain clutch that you already own. She started with this simple, outdated envelope clutch from Goodwill.
What you need...
- Painters tape
- Acrylic paint and fabric medium
- Nail polish remover and cotton balls (only if your clutch is pleather)
- Pencil, ruler, and cardboard (if you want to make a template for the chevron pattern)
- Mod Podge
If your clutch is pleather use cotton balls and nail polish remover to clean the bag so that the paint sticks better. If your clutch is made of any other material, go ahead and skip this step. However, you might want to still clean your bag, but you may not need nail polish remover.
Tape time! Using her template, she simply taped off around the cardboard. Her chevron zigzags are the same width as her 1" painters tape. Keep your template level as you tape off your pattern so that your final product isn't wonky.
Yup. A lot of taping.
Mix up your paint as directed on the fabric medium bottle. You will need to do a few coats, so take that into account when you are deciding how much to mix up.
This clutch took three full coats of paint. She allowed for plenty of drying time between each coat and after she was done painting. Before taking off your tape, apply a few coats of Mod Podge. This acts as a sealer for your acrylic paint. Let that dry completely before you slowly and gently peel off the tape. If some paint peels off, no worries. You can aways simply touch it up with your leftover mixed paint.
And there you have it! A brand new, super trendy clutch that you can brag about! Don't forget that you have complete artistic freedom with the color and pattern that you choose to paint. Why not try striped or herringbone? Or maybe even make an easier yet equally trendy color block clutch. There are no limits to what you can do!