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Made from a paper bag!
I stumbled upon Blackbird and the Owl (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackbirdAndTheOwl) on Etsy one day and fell head-over-heels-in love. Seriously, their designs are gorgeous.
Then Jennifer from ArtInOurBlood (http://artinourblood.blogspot.com) posted this AMAZING outfit with this super DIY clutch. So I mashed the two ideas together!

You can paint the clutch with basically any design you want. I think a watercolour-esque landscape would be really beautiful. Hmmm...maybe next time?

Posted by Amy L. from Denver, Colorado, United States • Published See Amy L.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, use Jennifer's tutorial to make the base of your clutch. The link is up by the description bar above.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then, draw out your flap shape. You can keep it as-is (a rectangle) or make an envelope clutch (a triangle) or something else (a curve, like me).

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out your shape and open up the flap. "Hem" it by folding over the edge to the inside of the clutch.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Tape the folds down. If your flap wasn't a straight line, use small pieces of tape. The smaller the piece of tape, the more coherent it will look.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is what your flap should look like - it should have a clean edge.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now begin painting! You can use any design you want.

    I'm using a Blackbird and the Owl design. I drew out a straight line with a ruler and am painting everything to the right of that line a reddish-orange colour.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Keep painting! I'm using a half-triangle design. Make sure every layer is dry before you add a new layer, colour, or design.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 8
    Step 8

    If you want to, paint the flap. Let EVERYTHING ON THE BODY DRY before you paint the flap. Then lay a piece of paper underneath the flap so you don't get paint on the body.

    You can paint the back of the clutch if desired. I chose to leave it as-is.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Blackbird And The Owl Inspired Clutch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Let everything dry, then add anything else (studs, fringe, closures, etc.) Ta-da! You're done~

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