With my quest to learn how to sew led me to finding a beautiful lady,  of Mimi G Style. Mimi gives tutorials via YouTube or her blog. I must confess though as a beginner I don’t quiet get the patterns yet; but if a tutorial does not require calculating 1/4 of a yard here and 3/4 there I do pretty much follow. Thank you Mimi for the tips. You have one devoted subscriber.

Which is why I was super excited when I saw a do-it-yourself clutch.I had left over fabrics lying around the house and a zipper which meant half of the job was done. However, I did not have interfacing fabric nor had I ever heard of it. So a budgetnista it was time to see what a substitute would be. I cut pieces from a woolen or flannel sort of fabric.

For my love of accents I added a bright blue lining and a broken pearl necklace I had refused to let go to the zipper this makes it easy to open and close but also adds a touch of beauty and personal feeling to this D.I.Y.


Then I got cold feet, I mean I had never sewn successfully a zipper. Neither on the pants nor the skirt that I had attempted before.

Then looking at the woolen fabric I realised it was so thick and might break my needles and thus leading me to attempt sewing a clutch without a zipper and also without the woolen fabric inside.

Boy, was I fast at completing it but upon lifting it it weighed like a feather and would not stay upright or hold firmly.

Second attempt was to put my fears away and try it as the tutorial suggested. I am ecstatic! Not only did I manage to sew the zipper the right side at first attempt but the clutch is so beautiful. I look forward to making many more in different shapes and colors coupled with beautiful accents like buttons or rings.

Below here are the steps I followed.

Lastly the bonus clutch I started with, without a zipper nor an interfacing.


Proud owner of two D.I.Y clutches that did not necessitate me to buy anything new from the shops except to use what I already had in my home.


Budget tips: Improvise and substitute what tutorials call for; use fabrics that you have. You can mix and match fabrics. Use a different color zipper instead of buying new things.

Use your imagination for things lying around your house for example and old jean skirt can be cut and used as an interfacing.

Put your signature on whatever you make. For example I love accessories and used a broken necessary to add a touch to the zipper.

Live your dreams in your own budget.