When I was young, I would spend a month of each summer at my grandparents’ house. During that time, my grandmother taught me how to crochet and make jam and one of our other favorite crafty activities was making things out of plastic canvas – coasters, boxes, and the like. It’s been years since I’ve played with plastic, but I had a great time bringing it out again to make this floral DIY clutch.
Floral DIY Clutch Supplies:
- Darice 7 Mesh Black Plastic Canvas (2 sheets)
- Darice Plastic Canvas Needle
- Darice Silky Soft & Folklore Yarn (black, pink, red, and green)
- Size H (5.00 mm) Crochet Hook
- Darice Magnetic Purse Closure
- Hot Glue Gun
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).
I covered the pieces with a basketweave stitch 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.
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.
When all the pieces are covered, it’s time to crochet some 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.
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. 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.
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.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.