DIY_Hardware Studded Clutch

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The hardware trend is one that I don't think should die out any time soon. DIY projects with supplies from the hardware store are inexpensive, industrial, and tactile in a very interesting way. I like that the supplies for this project are accessible to anyone, and create a great finished project.

Today's project is created by sewing on nuts in a grid with a needle and thread to a plain clutch that you already own, or picked up for cheap. I hope you enjoy and will please share with me your own projects if you decide to make one!

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The supplies you will need are a zip top clutch (I used a makeup bag from a department store freebie), 20 silver nuts (or however many you would like), thread that matches the clutch, needle, a ruler, a pencil, and a sheet of paper. You will also need scissors although they are not pictured.

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Begin by tracing the outline of the clutch onto the sheet of paper in pencil.

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Using the ruler, draw a grid onto the shape of the clutch. Decide how many nuts you are going to use. I decided to use 20 to fill the entire face of the clutch, with 5 columns and 4 rows.

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After cutting out around the outline of the clutch, lay the template over the bag. Using your needle, pin poke each hole onto the bag. This will make sure your grid is straight and even, but won't leave behind a noticeable mark on the clutch.

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Begin sewing each nut onto the clutch. I suggest doubling up your thread and tying the knot at the bottom to create a stronger stitch. Come up from the back of your clutch with the needle through a pre-marked pin poke. Note how I sewed on each side of the nut. I did about 3 to 4 stitches on each side to secure.

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Continue sewing on each of your nuts. This will take some time so work on it while watching your favorite movie!

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Here is the finished product! I'm very excited about my new clutch, especially because it will add a great pop of color to monochromatic outfits! Thanks for reading and good luck with your own projects!

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FASHION_in my bag

i've always been inspired by the tumblr page things organized neatly. i love scrolling through the images and particularly like when the organized items are those inside a person's daily bag, such as this one or this one. i think that these photos really speak a lot about the person, and are becoming more prevalent in the design community. today i wanted to make my own, which features my backpack and what i have with me on a daily basis. considering that i'm a full-time architecture student, these things are with me even on the weekends. enjoy! things organized neatly 1

1_backpack, Timbuk2 2_water bottle, Camelbak 3_calculator 4_2 fountain pens, Varsity 5_mouse pad 6_mouse, this is a must for me. i can't do any of my computer work without it 7_studded planner, see my DIY tutorial here 8_sunnies, Target. these rotate depending on my outfit for the day 9_headphones, WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy for Urban Outfitters 10_sugar skull wallet, gift from my friend Courtney 11_red camera, Canon (i also carry around my larger Nikon with me some days) 12_camera pouch, H&M 13_metal ruler 14_5 gum 15_mac charger 16_keys on carabiner_R.E.I. 17_personal sketchbook, gift, from Nordstrom 18_studio sketchbook, gift, from Barnes and Noble 19_my macbook pro, forgot to add that in to the picture!

p.s. The appearance of this new post also means that i'm done with finals and am officially on break for the next month! you can expect lots of DIYs and outfit posts coming up from here on out. thanks for reading!