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Make your own excellent envelope bag

/ 04:07 AM January 15, 2017

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Turn the mundane to mod with just a dash of imagination.

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Take a quick tour of the home section of the nearest mall, or rummage through your storage for a welcome or bathroom mat you might not have even known you had.

In a matter of minutes, this humble household item can become a most welcome addition to your fashion accessory collection.

Materials:

Thick, fabric-based welcome or bathroom mat in pretty prints and colors (avoid the spiky, plastic type)

Button (or buckle or snaps)

Big needle

Yarn

Pins

Scissors or cutter

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Directions:

  1. Fold your mat into three parts, with one flap slightly shorter than the other two. Unfold the shortest flap

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2. Pin the two equal-sized flaps together. Sew together tightly using backstitch then remove the pins. This will make up the body of the clutch.DIY-mat2   3. Determine where to put the button: It should be halfway through the length of the body and slightly above the edge of the folded-over flap.

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  1. Sew the button onto the body securely.

5. Keeping the position consistent, mark the position and length of the button on the flap using pins.

6. Cut a straight slit between the markers to create a buttonhole. Remove the pins.

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7. Try pushing the button through the hole to make sure the hole is not too tight. Make the necessary adjustment.

DIY-mat5      8. Sew the edges of the slit using buttonhole or blanket stitch to keep the fabric from unravelling.

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Now you have a cheap but chic envelope clutch to complete your cutest look.

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The roomy clutch can hold your wallet, smartphone, tablet, organizer, pens and more. And, if you used the soft, cushiony-type mat, not only will your gadgets be secure, your clutch may also double as a comfy pillow for when you need a power nap between appointments.

For a smaller variation, use a placemat instead.

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