DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
The next round of the Cricut Design Space Star is on! After making it into the top ten last time, I was really excited to try and enter some fun projects for this month. My team chose to go with the option of “fashion” and then our specific theme was “pops of color.” Our team is so diverse we wanted it to be broad enough for everyone to do something unique to who they are. The first project that came to my mind was this clutch. I had wanted to do something similar with an actual vintage doily, but thought i might be neat in a felt version. I like being able to add special things to my sewing projects I can’t find in other places.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
I used three different “doily” shapes found in the Design Space for the Cricut Explore™. I simply searched “doily” and picked three that I would work.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
I really like the pop of color and the bohemian feel they have. It is an inexpensive project with the use of such simple materials, many of which you might already have in your stash. To make your own felt clutch with tassel you will need:

  • Cricut Explore™
  • 2 pieces 9″ x 12″ acrylic felt  (one for clutch and one for doily)
  • scrap felt to cover zipper ends
  • iron on adhesive
  • a zipper that is longer than 10″ (mine were different sizes and cut shorter to fit)
  • small amounts of yarn for tassel
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • pressing cloth (I just use a piece of fabric)
  • glue
  • iron
  • sewing machine, etc. for sewing

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
First I took the felt I wanted to use for the doily and ironed on the adhesive according to instructions. This makes the cutting of felt a lot easier and then you can just iron it in place at the proper time instead of sewing. Use a press cloth when ironing with felt as the heat can damage the material. Then I went into Design Space and chose the doily I wanted (doily 2 was the blue, summer doily was the yellow, and doily 8 was the pink). I had to stretch them some to work. I made the measurements on each come to as close to 10″ x 7.5″ as possible. Then I placed the felt onto the light grip mat and had the machine cut out the image. I had no problem cutting out the image, just know that the paper backing you remove from the iron on adhesive was a bit of a pain to get off of the mat. I think it might have been because it was the first time I used this mat so it was super sticky. It all came off, but I had to use the scraper to help.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Next I cut the felt piece for the clutch in half so each piece was 4.5″ x 12″.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Now it’s time to sew the clutch together. *Always make sure to back stitch when beginning and ending sewing for this project. 1. I sewed the top end of the zipper together to keep it in place and 2. then pinned on two small pieces (zipper inbetween) of felt to cover the end. Then I sewed them in place. 3. Then about 10 inches down from the top of the zipper I did this again. Cut off any extra zipper that might be left. 4. Center and pin one piece of felt so the 12″ edge hits the middle of the zipper. 5. Keep on regular sewing foot, but make sure needle is moved to as close to the side of the zipper as possible. Line up foot so the edge is butted right up to the zipper. Sew in place. 6. Repeat for the other side. 7. It will look like this at this point. 8. Open zipper half way and turn clutch in half so right sides are facing and pin together. Sew around the three sides. Take your time when sewing over the zippers (I also backstitched and went back over the zippers a few times for an extra strong hold). 9. Clip the two bottom corners.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Turn clutch right side out through zipper opening.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Take doily, fold in half, and position on clutch.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Make sure to use a pressing cloth and iron on the doily. Do one side at a time.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Grab some yarn. I had found this package of small yarns a while back and knew it would be perfect to use for tassels.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
I paired up two colors for each clutch, but you can just use one or more colors if you like.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
1. Start by cutting two 6″ pieces of yarn. 2. Place the yarn you are using over your hand so the end is at the bottom of your palm. 3. Wrap around hand a few times until desired fullness is reached. 4. Take one of the 6″ pieces of yarn and knot through the top of the yarn loop. 5. Take the other 6″ piece and tie around yarn a little further down. Wrap around a few times and knot again. 6. Even out ends and 7. cut across bottom. 8. Using the top thread, loop through the zipper pull and tie in place. Trim loose ends and 9. put a little glue on knots to help keep it from unraveling.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Have fun adding some simple embroidery. I used only straight lines on all of these and was amazed at how fast I was able to embroider them. It was fun to add a little more character to them.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
These would be a great party favor, wedding party gift, or to use on a night out on the town. My girls have each already claimed one, so it’s a good thing I made three. Thank you to my friend who modeled for me!

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together

Loopy Flowers

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

This is the second most requested flower. It’s really simple and has two different looks. It works best with stiffer things like felt and lightweight cardboard (I put some of these on my fall wreath), but fabric and other things could be used as well.

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

To begin, take a piece of felt (or desired material)

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

and fold in half.

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

Then cut slits on the folded edge, making sure not to cut all the way down.

Then finish it one of these two ways:

1)

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

Hand sew a baste stitch, with a knot on the end of the thread, down the side where there are no cuts.

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

Then gather it and sew the ends together. This creates a flat flower. Add a cute button or some other embellishment to the center.

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

2)

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

Roll the strip up and hand stitch the bottom together.

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

I made a bunch of these and then glued them on my daughter’s headband for a fun look.

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

Loopy Flowers Tutorial

And in the next day or two I will have one more flower that is requested for a lot. See you soon!

Simple.

Simple Cards

That is a word I love. Simple. I like life to be simple. I like working on projects that are simple. I started making these simple cards at the beginning of the year and can’t get enough of them!

It’s just felt shapes sewn onto blank cards. I adore them and have fun making them.

It was time for a new batch, so I decided to share them with you.

Making Felt Sand Dollars Tutorial

Basket from the beach

While I’m on a beach roll, why don’t I show you how to make some super cute felt sand dollars? These would be great to go with a book about the beach, to use to share with your child the sand dollar legend, etc. I love when things made can be educational as well :)

Oh the things you can find
What you will need:
-White Felt (or whatever colors you want really)
-Embroidery thread (I used the color gray)
-Embroidery needle
-Optional: small amount of stuffing
-Sand Dollar Clip Art (I saved this picture and opened it in Word. Then I resized it for three different sizes).
-Scissors
-Writing Utensil to trace with (I used a regular pencil so it wouldn’t show through)
1. Cut out your sand dollar clip art and trace them on felt. You will need two for each sand dollar. I used manicure scissors to cut out the small holes.
Tracing on Felt
2. Embroider five little tear drops on. I just did it free hand, but you could trace them on first. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. No sand dollar in real life is exactly the same or perfect.
3. Place a teeny tiny bit of stuffing on the middle of the back piece for some added dimension. Then place an embroidered piece on top to create a “sandwich”. Sew around the edges.
(You could also skip the stuffing and just glue the two pieces together with glue.)
Add a little stuffing
4. Then I also sewed around the little holes. If there is stuffing showing in the holes, or they don’t exactly match up, just take some scissors and trim all that at the end.
Felt Sand Dollars
5. Have fun :)
*Make some of these? Add them to the Flickr Group. Make sure they are sharable if you want a chance for them to be in the spotlight on Happy Together.
Felt Sand Dollars and Crochet Starfish

And Everything Nice

That is what little girls are made of. This is day three in the series “Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice.” Tomorrow I will be posting the winners of the birthday giveaway and then start sharing some more gifts that have been made. I’m going to try and get the horse pattern up, but it might have to wait until after Christmas. Just keep an eye out :)

And Everything Nice: A little girl with flowers

Pretty Flowers

The color for this theme is purple.

Ah!!!!

I made the dress for my daughter from an old shirt of mine. I simply shirred the back and cut the shoulder straps so they could tie.

Attitude Pose

I wish I had another completely plain shirt to go under this to make it look a little better, but it’s still cute. I like how the front dips down low. It reminds me of some of the skirts/dresses that have the fabric that go up to right under the chest area.

Let's Run Some More

The headband is up in the shop here. It is covered with purple ribbon,

Everything Nice Headband On Child

then accented with fleece and felt flowers.

Everything Nice Headband On Adult

Headband View

It can fit a child and an adult.

Up Close of Flowers

“They are Beautful!”

In a row

That is the new phrase my daughter says when she really likes something. And yes, the “i” in beautiful is missing because she says it as “beautful.” She was super excited about these trees and even had to sleep with one!

Amidst all the whimsical goodness

I was totally inspired by this picture. Aren’t hers awesome? For mine, I just bought all these trees at the Dollar Store and hot glued on felt and fleece.

Graduated Colors

Then I hand made the pom poms from my yarn collection and glued them on by the embroidery thread I used to hold all the yarn together.

Bright Felt Christmas Trees

I decided to use them to spruce up my blog a little for the Christmas season. Hope they add some happiness to your day!