This post was originally created by me for Darice.
I think it’s kind of funny how crafting techniques come in and out of style. Like… macrame, which is making a big time comeback right now and was like really NOT cool not too long ago. I kind of fought the macrame trend, but I have to say its growing on me a bit. There may even be a macrame project showing up here later this week.
I would say that plastic canvas is definitely out of style right now, but I’m trying to give it a little makeover with this project. What do you think? Can we make plastic canvas happen?
Do you agree that maybe there’s some potential there? Maybe it’s just nostalgia convincing me, but I think there is.
When I was a kid my grandma taught me how to make things using plastic canvas. I specifically remember making coasters and a little box to keep them in. She still makes things out of plastic canvas. A few years ago, she made me a pretty little notebook covered in plastic canvas embroidered with pansies on the front, and it helped me to see the potential in plastic canvas.
Anyway – for this clutch I combined plastic canvas with a little crochet, and I’m really happy with the pretty little thing I ended up with. If you are interested in trying plastic canvas out, here’s a project to get you going!
Supplies (I’ve included affiliate links below. Thanks for supporting Persia Lou!):
- Black Plastic Canvas (I used two pieces)
- Worsted Weight Yarn in Black, Pink, Red, and Green
- Plastic Canvas Needle
- Size I Crochet Hook
- Felt for lining
- Magnetic Purse Clasp
Step One – Cut the Plastic Canvas
Bust out those scissors and snip, snip! There is something satisfying about cutting through plastic canvas. I’m not sure what it is, but give it a try and let me know if you agree.
Try to cut close to the line so you don’t have a bunch of little nubs on the edge. To create the clutch form, you will need to cut the plastic canvas into six pieces two 9″ x 6″ (the front and back pieces), one 9″ x 4″ (the flap), one 9″ x 1″ (bottom), and two 6″ x 1″ (the sides).
Step Two – Stitch Pieces
I covered the pieces with a basket weave stitch pattern. I really love the texture this gives the bag, and I think it gives it a bit of a vintage basket purse look.
To create the basket weave pattern, start by pulling the yarn up in the bottom right corner and leave a tail of a few inches on the back. Work four stitches four squares long, making sure to work the stitches over the tail on the back.
Skip two squares and work four more stitches in the same manner. When you reach the end of the row, go back and work horizontal stitches in the spaces between.
The groups of stitches overlap a bit so the entire surface is covered by the pattern. It will take some time to cover all of the pieces with stitches, but it’s a great project to keep your hands busy while watching TV.
Yay! All done! Now it’s time to crochet some cute little flowers.
Step Three – Crochet Flowers
These little flowers are made by following a super simple pattern. You can make a whole garden in very little time.
Tiny Flower Pattern:
Chain 3 (counts as first dc), work all stitches in the first chain. Half treble crochet (htrc), double crochet (dc), sl st (first petal formed). *Dc, htrc, dc, sl st (second petal formed), repeat from * three times to make five total petals.
I made thirteen total flowers to decorate my DIY clutch. To sew them to the clutch I pulled the yarn around the flowers in between the petals to give them more definition.
If you aren’t a crocheter or you want your bag to be less three-dimensional, you could absolutely embroider flowers instead.
Step Four – Embroider Leaves
I used green yarn to embroider leaves and vines around the flowers. To create the leaves, I used long stitches to describe the leaf shape like so:
Step Five – Sew Pieces Together
I actually sewed the clutch together before embroidering the leaves, but it would have been much easier to embroider the pieces first. Oops! Go ahead and learn from my mistake.
To piece the clutch together, start by sewing the sides, bottom, and flap to the back piece. Make sure the yarn wraps around the edges of the plastic canvas.
Then, finish by sewing the front piece to the sides and bottom.
Step Six – Add Magnetic Clasp and Felt Lining
Add the metallic clasp to the front of the DIY clutch by pushing the prongs through and folding them flat. Then cut a piece of felt to fit on the inside of the clutch.
Attach the other side of the metallic clasp to the felt that will be attached to the flap. Then use a little hot glue to secure the felt lining.
Step Seven – Finish Flap Edge
Finally, use a piece of black yarn and a needle to wrap the edge of the flap and secure the edge of the felt.
And if you made it all the way through this long post, THANK YOU! Seriously, thanks for being here and supporting me and this little blog. If you make your own clutch, I would absolutely LOVE to see it. You can share it to my facebook page, tag me @persialou on instagram, or just email it to me at persialou[at]gmail.com. Thank you!
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