About

Cost
$ $ $ $ $
Difficulty
• • • • •
Time
1h00

Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody
I’m not a major clutch fan because I am forever afraid I’ll put it down somewhere and forget it since it’s not attached to me. I still am drawn to cute clutches however, so I decided to create a DIY to add straps to clutches so I won't lose them.

Posted by Meesh N. Published See Meesh N.'s 7 projects »
PrintEmbed
  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grab your materials.

    Grommets 3/8″ – Antique Brass- I couldn’t find ring sizes I wanted, so I used grommets. If you find rings that work for you, I would suggest using those. I just happened to have a grommet tools and know I’ll use the rest in another project.

    2mm Leather Cord- Black, Natural- Make sure it is at least 3 yards long and 2mm thickness. You can choose to use just one color instead of two also.

    2 Large Lobster Clasps- I couldn’t find the exact ones I used, but these are close. I used jewelry clasps because the purse clasps selection didn’t have anything small enough. They would have been comically large in comparison to the size of my purse. I found these in the jewelry aisle of my local craft store.

    Kreinik Braid Metallic Thread (Gold)- I suggest using any thread that is fray resistant and you know won’t unravel easily. I’ve used this thread in other projects and found that it’s a very strong thread that can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 2
    Step 2

    Unravel the two leather cords and fold in half. Thread them through one lobster clasp ring.

  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 3
    Step 3

    I used small black elastic hair ties to keep the cords in place. Later we’ll go back and replace them with a nicer finish.

  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 4
    Step 4

    I googled bread braiding instructions to help me figure out how to do a four strand braid.

    I used all three yards of the leather cords. Once I was done braiding my strap was about 46 inches long. If you don’t want a crossbody length strap, just a shoulder strap or a wristlet I suggest measuring the strap of your favorite bag to figure out how long you want the braid to be.

  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 5
    Step 5

    Leave the last few inches of the cord un-braided to thread the end of the braid through the second lobster clasp. Fold over the un-braided ends and secure with a cobra knot using the metallic thread.

  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 6
    Step 6

    Attach the grommets or rings to the clutch. The grommets aren’t very obvious, so I can switch back and forth between a crossbody bag or a clutch with the detachable strap.

  • How to make an across body bag. Turn A Clutch Into A Crossbody - Step 7
    Step 7

    All finished!

Made this project? Share your version »

Comments