A Paperboy Gem and Animal Clutch

Today's inspiration comes from my adoration for paperboy hats. I've had this one for quite a long time, and caught sight of a handful of marbled gems from the crafting bin to give a hint of glitz to the style. Don't worry, this hat DIY is probably the easiest that I've done so you needn't rapidly scroll down just for fabulous results! Instead, enjoy the tutorial as well ... anyone can do this!
Inspiration board;  Ladyofashion

Materials used:
Hot glue gun/fabric glue
Glue sticks
Scissors Obviously!
Sewing machine
Thread
Loose gems, beads, or other adornments
Clasp or Button
35 minutes out of your day to do both DIY projects!


A Crown of Gems:
I'm constantly finding a reason to use older items that I haven't needed in the past few years. These marbles were no exception! I simply used tape to see how I wanted my marbled-gems positioned and used hot glue to create a different effect. If you're certain about your design skip the mock-up and simply hot glue it to the hat or in this case it was adhered to the ribbon band of the hat. I have tons of hats including a few of this style, so I wanted a version that would make a unique impression when worn. Enjoy!
I also decided to embellish my notions handbag. Although I only use this bag to carry my sewing supplies from place to place I felt that it needed a bling-boost! (Below)
 



Savvy Safari:
This is an old bag that was actually free from a grab bag that I received probably more than 7 years ago. The actual bag has that awkward strap measurement where you can't wear it as a satchel nor could you use as a proper shoulder bag. Either way it would be too short or a bit weird to hold by the handles alone. I decided to make it into a clutch. It was the logical option for me, and since I loved the print it completely worked!
I started by cutting the straps, then measured how long I wanted my clutch to be. This particular bag had separating lining, therefore it would need to be joined later. I used pins to tack in the new lining, and then sewed around the edge of the bag. Turn inside out and begin to sew the bottom seam (=bottom of your clutch). To finish the inside seams you may fold and sew them or place binding on the edges and press. I used binding for a finishing. Turn ride side out, you're almost done!

For the embellishments I used wooden beads that I had from a bracelet that was going in the tossing bin. I also decided on a versatile clutch, making both sides (with trim) differently.

On the opposite side I used beaded running yardage on mesh that I cut to the measurement of my chosen length. (for me it was the width of my clutch 11.5 minus .25" per side =around+ 11"/28cm). For both applications I used a small amount of hot glue, in addition to fabric glue for the beaded mesh.
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  Of course there will be an outfit post showcasing this soon!


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72 comments

  1. You are a genius. I have so many ideas now...
    Thank you so much, my dear Madison.
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  2. You are so creative!! Your pieces came out lovely. xo

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  3. Ruby Geentjens06 July, 2011

    wwowww!! That giraffe ring is soo amazing!

    xxx


    http://www.themadtwins.blogspot.com

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  4. Reading posts like this really makes me wish I was crafty!  Loved what you did with the hat and the wooden beads on the bag?  Awesome!

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  5. I love what a glue gun can create! 

    Adorable!

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  6. I love the hat that you DIY'd In fact I love hats full stop. I've never considered customising any of my own but may have to keep an eye on your blog for tips.

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  7. I am seriously obsessed over leopard print at the moment, and absolutely adore your DIY!!!


    xoxo,
    Mel

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  8. I love all your DIY's! I love glue guns, I need a new one!

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  9. Thanks MJ!  trying to utilise most of my remnants, etc.

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  10. Oh you are too sweet Sacramento, Thank you dear! -xxoo

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  11. So true Alexis! Glue, sewing machine and patience can do so many things. lol!  :)

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  12. Thanks dear! So glad that you liked it.  :)

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  13. the safari bag is neat! tribal prints are so fun for the season

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  14. You are so talented when it comes to DIY - it is really cool x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  15. GlamKitten8806 July, 2011

    ANIMALPRINTANIMALPRINTANIMALPRINT.
    Ughghgghhhhhh.  I love it all.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/Twitter: @GlamKitten88  

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  16. Hmm love the inspiration..Especially since I own way too many paperboy hats.. They always look good right?

    All the best, Angel

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  17. What a quick and easy DIY! Will those stones really stay on the bag with just hot glue?

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  18. love your works, always an inspiration

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  19. Yes, actually it holds quite well. you may also use fabric glue for plastics, metal, beads. All work. Thanks!

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  20. So cute!  You are so talented, Madison!  I love the safari bag, can't wait for the outfit post!
    Christine
    http://un-stitched.com/

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  21. Love how you turned that bag into a clutch!

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  22. Thanks so much Kirsten! This one was so quick. -xo

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  23. Thanks girl! I knew you'd appreciate this! :) 

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  24. Thanks my dear! Always nice to see you visit. Have a wonderful day. -xx

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  25. haha! I'm glad, as I'm also loving animal prints so much this past year. :)

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  26. Yes do come back, hehe! Thanks for the lovely comment. Will share more DIY tricks up my sleeve soon! :-)

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  27. Madison!  Disqus tweeted me to show me how to post, and it works! hee hee :)

    Love your DIY's. That clutch is fantastic!

    xoxo
    Cyrillynn

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  28. powerfull-angel07 July, 2011

    Wow hun so many fantastic and creative DIY ideas!! I loveee the safari clutch!! Thank u for sharing your talent!;)
    kisses
    Jelena
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  29. love the safari clutch! Great job! 

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  30. Caramellitsa07 July, 2011

    this is so interesting ,you are really talented!!!
    love this safari bag!!

    kisses <3
    **thank you so much for your support on my blog,your comments are so sweet!! i really appreciate it ;)

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  31. Sick By Trend07 July, 2011

    very inspiring :D cool post honey!

    xxwww.sickbytrend.com

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  32. Wow! That Safari Clutch is just incredible - so unique and chic!  :)

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  33. I want the hat in the first set! And the giraffe...

    -Ellie

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  34. Very creative! Love the clutch especially.

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  35. Oh to Be a Muse07 July, 2011

    oh, really enjoying that savvy safari bag. you are a stellar DIYer!

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  36. Totally fab DIY!! Happy Thursday xx

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  37. Mattieologie07 July, 2011

    OMG, how fantastic are you?! I love what you did with the safari bag and newsboy hat... And I'm not sure about anyone else but I've always some of those marbles around. (Don't ask why, I'm an avid arts and crafts junkie.)

    This is good Madison. You've given me the courage to try to add these marbles to something as well :)

    xo

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  38. Thank you Julie! :) I love the colour of these prints.

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  39. Aww, Thanks so much Claire! I love doing DIY!

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  40. Hi Christine, Thank you for the sweet compliment. Yes, I'm working on what to wear for the clutch now. lol

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  41. YA!! I'm so happy  that you can comment now without a problem. It will be better when I finally switch to Wordpress I suppose. -xo  Thanks!

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  42. Hi Jelena!
    Thank you, so glad that you liked it! I can't wait to do more DIY. 
    have a great day dear! -xxoo

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  43. Hi darling!
     No problems, it always takes me a while but I'm always happy to stop and visit your blog. Thanks for the comment. Have a wonderful week. It will be Friday soon there no? lol

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  44. Thanks David darling! :)

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  45. Hey there Erika, 
    Thank you very much.

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  46. haha! Thanks! I want the giraffe too!

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  47. Thanks, Wendy B! :-)
    Enjoy your day.

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  48. I thought you might like it. Thanks for the sweet words. Wishing you a great day!

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  49. Absolutely, love paperboy hats! Thank you Angel!
    -xxoo

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  50. Such great ideas!! Crafting can be so much fun and the payoff is the uniqueness of your item! You did a fabulous job with this! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Very cool and as always very creative. I love the clutch is my favorite of all of your projects so far.
    Carinos,

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  52. Girl I need to hire you to create things for me!! Nice! I love paperboy hats too! I haven't really worn them a lot lately because it's really hot, and I recently cut my hair really short, but I love the addition of the gems to them

    Shasie 

    Live Life in
    Style

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  53. Awesome post :) And I absolutely love the safari clutch, such a cool idea! :)

    CLASSY & FABULOUS

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  54. I love your accessory DIY's. I like to keep changing my wardrobe as I get bored with it.

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  55. Oh how creative. Love the paperboy hat.

    Lee
    x

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  56. A Brit Greek08 July, 2011

    Loving the craftista in you! It's amazing what you can do with some gorgeous beads and glue!

    Loving your previous outfit post too, very summer and berry like!
    x.o.x.o

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  57. Oh my, who knew marbles could look this chic! I have to try this out with a few discarded accessories I have hidden away. What a fab way to spice up a look (and paperboy hats are the best). Great job with the clutch too by the way. I can see how the handle length would be annoying.

    P.S. I've finally joined Twitter @haute_world. Hope to see you there!

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  58. Busy lady with all your DIY projects! I wish I had so much inspiration here.....loving the safari clutch. Maybe, just maybe, I'll dig out my sewing machine some time soon (from the depths of my storage closet). 

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  59. awww, Thanks lady, that's so sweet. Yes, I do love DIY! cannot wait to see what you create. -xxoo 
    Have a beautiful weekend dear.

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  60. I agree it's so much fun. It's really therapeutic for me. Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

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  61. Thank you! Ofelia. I love my little DIY projects, many more to come.. -xo

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  62. Haha! Sure, no problem... I'd love to make you something IDY or originial from scratch.  Yes, many places have been quite humid, but fortunately I've been in and out of both types of weather. Thanks!

    Enjoy your day! :)

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  63. Change and mixing things up is always in my mind for my wardrobe. I get bored easily, which is why having options and DIY is great! -xo

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  64. Thanks so much Lee! Hope that you are enjoying Berlin! (I love that city). -xo

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  65. lol. Hey there doll, Thanks so much! Yes, people just don't understand how much you can do with needle+thread ,glue, and a few embellishments. :) -xxoo

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  66. Yes, I saw that you are finally on Twitter. Welcome! :)
    Thank you!  

    *I have other plans for those handles BTW, hehe!

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  67. haha! Yes, well I'm sure if I didn't sew I wouldn't do as many DIY projects. But, I do enjoy it.Thanks so much, glad that you liked them.
    Hope that you were inspired! -xo

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