No Sew Zippered Leather Clutch & Necklace DIY

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Have you ever watched Home and Family on the Hallmark channel? It's very informative and sometimes offers the best DIY and craft segments. A couple of months ago, Jessie Jane, who has a blog called Lilyshop, and a regular on Home and Family, showed how to make the cutest little no sew zippered leather clutches with just a piece of leather, a zipper and hot glue. I knew I would be trying this out one day, putting my own twist on the how-to.

Materials I used: Faux leather (pleather) 9 1/2"x24"

Fabric glue (Fabri-Tac)

Zipper - 9 inch

I found the best deals at the JoAnn's near me. The store is going through a much needed remodel and had a lot of clearance items an additional 80 percent off. I got carried away finding all sort of goodies. I picked up several funky looking 9 inch zippers for 20 cents apiece. I also found almost a yard of faux leather for $2.50 . . . enough to make several clutches.

I am not a fan of using hot glue on fabric or on items I want a permanent bond. I've found some hot glued items can be pulled apart quite easily and the hot glue breaks down eventually.

To start, I wanted a fold over clutch so I cut out a piece of fabric 24 inches long by 9 1/2 inches wide.

I laid out the closed zipper and placed the fabric opening edge on top exactly where the two pieces would be glued together. Next, I put fabric glue on the edge of the pleather and then added some to the length of the zipper and pressed the two together. I then put weights on the area and allowed the glue to dry for a few hours.

After the first end dried, I glued down the other end the same as the first.

After drying, I cut off the ends of the zipper and applied glue to each side of the clutch, one at a time, allowing each side to dry separately, and adding weights on top. *Sorry, I didn't take pictures of that but I used an old weight belt that belonged to my hubby.

This is the finished look of the clutch. Since this material had a light color backing which you can see on the edges, I rubbed brown liquid shoe polish over the edges to give it a natural "leather" look. In hindsight I should have done this before gluing everything together.

Since I had so much fabric left I decided to make a "cut-out" statement necklace . . . something I have been wanting to do for quite a while.

For the pattern, I folded a 6 inch square paper into a 8 petal flower and drew teardrop shapes all over which I cut out.

I removed the top two petals to get the shape I wanted . . .

and ran the pattern through my Xylon for an adhesive backing.

I laid the adhesive back pattern on the wrong side of the pleather fabric and cut out the design using an xacto knife.

I made holes on either side with a puncher and attached an old chain necklace I had.

The teardrop shapes that I cut out were glued in a flower pattern to the front flap of the clutch.

I also thought the necklace needed a little something to dress it up a bit so using E6000 I glued on a few metal beads.

I think adding the beads makes the necklace pop!

The clutch and statement necklace were so easy to make and I'm loving how they look . . . so stylish!

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Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jun 19, 2021

    Gail, after reading the previous comment, I knew why I like your projects so much. I am also a woman of the 60s and 70s. I like the vibe the pink and green zipper. I was curious if the Pletcher showed a white layer; I was imagining that you could put an outline of pink or green puff paint or something to cover the raw edge and to pull it together. Another great project. Thanks for sharing!

    Another Nan. 😀

  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Jun 19, 2021

    Thanks so much, Shuganne! Your ideas sound fabulous! The pleather is the same color on the wrong side. It really does look like leather. That's why I was drawn to it.