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Christmas on Pennies

Christmas on Pennies

This past year I’ve really got into DIY, for most things. I printed my own Christmas present tags, made a lot of my Christmas decorations and I’ve started customizing my clothes.
And it’s really very cheap! My present tags cost me nothing, and buying material, card and ribbon for decorations cost me roughly £10, and my bedroom looks like Christmas itself.

So, why not make someone a present?

I’m not talking making someone a Christmas tree decoration, or some gingerbread men, make them something they might actually like! My example of what you could make is solely for women (sorry gents), but I’m sure you could develop something very similar as an iPad case or even a sleeve for a ratty looking folder. The possibilities are endless!

What you will need:
A pen
Ruler or tape measure
Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
Decor of your choice (I opted for a skull stud)
Any material of your choice (in this case black faux leather)

First, draw the shape of your clutch. I know this one is an envelope shape but you can do any shape you like.
Sew the sides together, but make sure it’s the wrong way round as these is what will create a seam, so you there’s no messy stitches on the outside. This would be much neater on a sewing machine, but you get the idea!

Then turn it the right way round et voila! You have a basic envelope clutch. All you need to do now is add your decor. I went for a skull stud because I’m obsessed with them and it makes it a little more edgy.

There is so much you could do with this idea – if the person is obsessed with cats you could use material with kitty cats on, if they love pink sparkly things you could get material that looks like something barbie would wear.
You can see how easily this could be turned into something else. As I said, you could use a material similar to the one I’ve used, or a gorgeous suede to turn it into an iPad sleeve.
They can be used as a clutch, somewhere to put your makeup, or even a pencil case if you change the size. It’s also a fab way to use up spare material if you have any lying around but can bring yourself to throw it away.

Simple, beautiful, and ridiculously cheap.

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Bex is our resident fashionista and will be sharing with you coverage of the Fashion Industry from her very own point of view with some cheeky tips and inspiration along the way.


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