Thursday, June 24, 2010

Red Clutch Purse

This clutch purse was a project featured on the Martha Stewart show. The design is by Upstyle ( and is called the Make-It-Yourself Clutch. Upstyle sells the frames and directions in their etsy shop.

The very day I saw this on the MS show, I ordered 3 frames ($15 each plus shipping) and received them via US Mail in 4 days. I also went to a local home fabrics store and purchased the red/white dot fabric - 1/2 yard for $6 and that will be enough to easily make all 3 clutches and have some scraps leftover for another fun project. Other supplies include heavy fusible interfacing, fusible fleece, a lining fabric, and basic sewing/crafting supplies.

The directions were very good, but there is also a video you can watch on the MS website - it is well worth your time to watch it if you decide to make this clutch.

On my first attempt, which was very successful, I made this clutch in less than an hour. I plan to use it tomorrow. I added the little frog brooch for some bling just because I like bling.

I will buy additional frames to have on on so I can make these for quickie gifts.

If you wanted to make a number of these for gifts, it would be super easy to set up "assembly line" style and would go even faster.

I give this project two big thumbs up! I was not contacted by Upstyle to write a review. I purchased the frames; they were not given to me. This is a totally independent review.


  1. cute! I'm going to have to check it out. thanks for the info :)

  2. In less than an hour?? Goodness..I really like it.