Have you seen one of our new cute self-finishing clutches? These clutches are one of our more popular items lately – and it’s easy to see why! Not only can you finish the project yourself (no big finishing bills? Yes please!), but you can change out the insert to mix-and-match to your look and season.
How to get the look?
1. Find the clutch color and canvases that fit your style.
2. Stitch in simple Tent Stitch, Basketweave or with limited decorative stitches. You don’t want any decorative stitches to get snagged when you’re out and about, so be smart about your choices!
3. Block your piece to ensure it is a near-perfect rectangle/square shape. Use stretcher bars while stitching to make this process much simpler!
4. Cut excess canvas off your needlepoint design, giving you approximately 2-3 rows of of blank needlepoint canvas surrounding the design.
5. We recommend using a flat knife, such as a butter or cheese knife to help lift the leather in order to insert your canvas.
6. Follow the interfacing instructions below.
7. Insert canvas into clutch “window” and you’re all set!
1. Cut fusible interfacing at least 1” larger than your finished blocked needlepoint design.
2. Place the interfacing fusible-side-down on the back of your needlepoint piece, centering it so the fabric covers behind the entire design.
3. Preheat your iron to the Wool/Steam setting.
4. Cover the interfacing fabric with a damp press cloth.
5. Leaving the damp cloth on top of the interfacing fabric, press the iron firmly onto the cloth for 15 seconds. Repeat this until all of the interfacing has been fused to the needlepoint piece.
Repeat this process to as many needlepoint designs as you wish to insert into your clutch!
Once you have your needlepoint piece completed with interfacing, you can insert it into your clutch by gently lifting each of the clutch sides to slide in the design.
If you wish to only have one design with this clutch permanently, there is a 3M adhesive that will allow you to secure the needlepoint piece inside the pocket permanently. Check out the video below with instructions on how to self-finish a clutch permanently!