DIY Ribbon Clutch

All you DIY go-getting brides, I've been holding this one for awhile, but now, but I finally did this fabulous DIY ribbon clutch the justice it deserved, or more accurately, photographer, Caitlinn Ramsden, did it the justice it deserves.  I stumbled upon the inspiration for this bag on Pinterest years ago, and I thought it was so beautiful that I had to recreate it.  The way the ribbons flow when you move is like a ballet dancer.  This clutch would be an lovely bag to carry on your own wedding, or if you're really ambitious, a fabulous handmade gift for your bridesmaids!  I have mapped out the tutorial for you below, so scroll to lean how to make your own DIY ribbon clutch.

DIY Ribbon Clutch
DIY Ribbon Clutch

Supplies:

  • Leather or fabric
  • zipper
  • a variety of ribbon (I used 5 different ribbons), I should also note that I used the fancy silk ribbon, which gives beautiful movement 
  • Scissors
  • sewing machine
DIY Ribbon Clutch Supplies

Step 1: fold the leather in half and cut to size, matching the length of the zipper.  My clutch is 12" x 8" finished, so the measurements of the folded piece below is 12 1/2" x 9" to allow for seam allowances.  

DIY Ribbon Clutch

Step 2: unfold the leather and pin and sew the zipper to one side, right sides together.

DIY Ribbon Clutch

Step 3: Fold right sides out and sew the other side of the zip, right side to right side as shown below. 

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 4: Lay out your ribbons.  Line them up with the edge of the leather on the side with the zipper head and leave a tail on the opposite side.  My ribbons are laid out on an angle starting from right under the zipper and angle down about an inch on the right side.  

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 5: Start with the bottom ribbon and pin and sew the top to the body of the clutch, leaving a long tail.

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 6: pin the other side with the same ribbon in the same position, but cut the tail, so it's even with the body of the bag.

DIY Ribbon Clutch

Step 7: do the same for the other for ribbons.  Leave the tail of every other ribbon long on each side of the bag.  So the side shown below has long tails on the second and fourth ribbons and the other side of the bag has long tails on the first and third ribbons.

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 8: Turn the bag inside out and sew along the edge with the out the tails.  Then on other side, be sure the tails are left out and the short ribbons tucked in and sew that side.  

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 9: Turn right side out.  Trim the threads and tack zipper if necessary. 

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

and take it out on the town! 

DIY Ribbon Clutch

10 Bridal Accessories // Nordstrom

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on now for rewards members, and starts on Friday for everyone else.  You guys, you don't want to miss this sale!  It's one of the best of the season and Nordstrom has your back (and your ears and your feet) for all your bridal accessory needs, and wants.  They even have a super convenient Bridal section.  Hop on over and check it out!  Here are a few of my favorite picks.   

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I Love Love Etsy // Eleven Skies Studio

I was browsing around Etsy the other night and came across Eleven Skies Studio.  Katie hand makes beautiful and unique wedding headpieces using materials that inspire her to manipulate and combine them in unexpected ways.  From vintage Venetian glass beads, to hand cut organza flowers, she is constantly exploring and researching new methods and styles.  And did I mention affordable!?  Most pieces are under $100!!  

reader question // 2

Hi Lauren,

Help, I attended five weddings this summer and bought dresses for almost all of them.  Now I have one more in December, and I just can't bring myself to buy another.  Any tips on styling a summery dress to make it work for winter?

~ Carly

Hi Carly,

I hear ya, I went to a bunch of weddings this summer and I agree, I wouldn't want to buy another, especially when all your extra cash is going toward gifts this time of year.  I think you can definitely rework your accessories, footwear and outerwear to make the look work for colder temps.  Unless it's super formal, booties are definitely wedding appropriate, as long as the heel isn't too chunky.  This season any leg-wear goes from opaque to sheer.  I would opt for sheer, as it's a little dressier.  Make a strapless dress look less seasonal with a statement neckpiece, this season, I think the chocker works great.  Trade in your metallic clutch for a chic cross-body bag, and top the look off with one of the the many many fabulous faux fur jackets out there right now.  Hope you can make it work, Carly without blowing your budget.

dress: asos /  

summer look: earrings: bauble bar / tassel bracelet: bauble bar / gold clutch: neiman marcus / sandals: nordstrom

winter look: choker: shopbop / faux fur jacket: asos / tights: asos / bag: elliott lucca / booties: shopbop