Thursday, May 20, 2010

diy tutorial: feathered clutch

I didn't forget about the tutorial, I promise! It's just taken me a ridiculously long time to post it up. So here it is, in all its glory:

The Black Feathered Clutch (inspired by this beautiful ASOS bag)

What you'll need:

  • sacrificial clutch - ideally, it should have a seamed opening (you'll see why in a minute)
  • feathers
  • thread (should match the shade of your feathers)
  • sewing needle
  • optional: beads, sequins, other decorations

Step One:

Pick out feathers of similar lengths; the ones with a thicker shaft and a 'downy hair' appearance work the best (left)

Step Two:

Find an opening on the seamed portion of the clutch, and slip the shaft of the feather inside (don't force it, otherwise you'll ruin your feathers!)

Step Three:

Stitch feather shaft to clutch; reinforce by wrapping the thread around the shaft a few times.

And now you have the basics!  From here on, it just takes a little patience, good tunes to pass the time, and a tolerance for little feather bits floating around a one metre radius of your DIY project.  Best of luck! 

Let's fast-forward to the finished product...

Et voila!


  1. Great DIY project, it looks beautiful!

    Just stumbled by your page
    & I love your blog! :)
    - Audrey Allure. <3

  2. this is great! can't wait to try it out myself!!