Happy Saturday! Today I am going to share how to make this super cute Rebecca Minkoff Inspired Tassel Clutch Purse. I fell in love with this bag when I first saw it made by Chloe but the price tag was too high for something that seems so trend driven to me. Then Rebecca Minkoff made a version that is much more affordable but I still wasn’t convinced to spend over $200. immediately, i thought why not try to create it and so here it is today…
Bags are one of my favorite accessories. They can really made a look and this tassel bag is just about everything right now. Fringe is everywhere and this bag is something you can wear time and time again. Perfect for summer, easy to wear, & just super cute. And the best part is, it costs less than $20! So now let’s get started.
I wanted to share you how to make this clutch purse with a no sew method. Anything to make it easier, I am always for. For the strap, I used an old chain I had from a phone strap but you can either buy chain from the fabric store or you can create a braided one. Also I created the purse with no closure but you can easily buy a magnetic button at the store as well to use.
When looking at the steps below, it looks like a lot. But every little move counts as a step. It actually only took me about 30 mins to create the bag from start to finish. So don’t be worried from what you see below. The clutch purse is very easy to make.
1/2 yard FAUX LEATHER OR VINYL FABRIC
(I found mine in the sale section of Joanns)
1/4 yard FAUX LEATHER OR VINYL in a few colors (for the tassels)
(also found in the sale section)
GORILLA SUPER GLUE
CARDBOARD OR THICK PAPER
**OPTIONAL 1/2 yard LINING FABRIC of choice**
STEP 1: Using the vinyl, begin to create the pattern on the inside where you can easily mark the lines (felt side for me). With the ruler, measure out 9 in W x 12.5 in H, creating a rectangle. **MAKE SURE TO START A FEW INCHES FROM THE EDGE OUT TO ALLOW FOR SEAM ALLOWANCE**
STEP 2: To create the envelope flap, using your ruler mark the midpoint of your rectangle on the width line (4.5 in. is the midpoint of 9). Then from the midpoint, go up 4 inches in height & mark on fabric.
STEP 3: Add a 1 inch extension on each side of the top width of rectangle. From there, connect the lines to create the triangle from the top midpoint to the 1 inch extension marker.
STEP 4: Next, using your ruler measure up 6 1/2 inches from the bottom to create the fold line. Draw the line across the entire width of the fabric.
We are now going to create the seam allowances…
STEP 5: Starting from the bottom, measure 1/2 inch INSIDE the fabric & draw a line across the width.
STEP 6: Now measure OUT 1 inch on each side of the rectangle & draw a line across the length.
STEP 7: Add 1/2 inch seam allowance to the OUTSIDE of the triangle sides/flap of your bag.
STEP 8: Once all drawn, cut out shape from fabric. Snip a small line on the allowance edge of the fold line & also a small triangle at the point of your flap.
STEP 9: Now, press in all seam allowances and set a heavy object on top to help create the crease lines. *You can also use an iron to steam in the allowances. If you chose to use an iron, make sure to have a damp cloth as a barrier between the fabric & iron as the heat can damage the vinyl*
STEP 10: From the cardboard or thick paper, cut out rectangle for the bottom half of the bag & a triangle for the top flap. **It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect but you want to make sure it fits inside the shapes WITHOUT the seam allowance added. I suggest measuring 1/4 inch IN from the outer shell shape **
STEP 11: Using fabric glue or super glue, glue the cardboard shapes onto the matching shape of the fabric.
**OPTIONAL STEPS IF YOU PLAN ON USING LINING**
1a. Draw shape of your bag onto the inside of your lining fabric & then cut out. *NOTE you DO NOT need to add the seam allowances**
1b. Glue lining to vinyl fabric of bag.
STEP 12: Now that you have the outer shell of your bag & lining glued together, it’s now time to glue the sides in. Apply a small amount of glue in the middle of the pressed side seam allowance on the top half and then fold over. You want both side seams to be pressed in and glue together to create a clean line.
STEP 13: Once the glue has dried from the side seams, you can glue in the pressed triangle seam allowances & the top of the bag allowance.
STEP 14: Now that you clutch is dry and ready, you can now add the straps. From the excess fabric, cut 2 1/4 inch wide x 5 inch long strips. Glue together leaving a small loop at the top. These will be to hold you chain.
STEP 15: Glue your bag loops to the inside of your clutch. You can now add your chain.
TO MAKE THE TASSELS
2a. Using the other colored vinyl, cut a rectangle 4 inches wide x 4 inches tall for each color, TWO TIMES.
2b. Measure 1/4 inch down from the top of the rectangle and draw a line across. Repeat this step again from the line just created but measure down 1 inch.
2c. Cut off the 1/4 inch strip from fabric. You will be using this to create the loops to hold the tassels.
2d. Now draw 1/4 inch thick lines across the fabric vertically. These are going to create the fringe.
2e. Cut the strips of fabric to the allowance line.
2f. Using the stapler, staple the loop to the left side of the fringed fabric.
2g. Apply glue to the fringed fabric and begin to roll it while having the glue hold its shape in place.
2h. Now that you have made your tassels, place them accordingly on the inside of your clutch flap and glue.
*You can now glue in the magnetic closure if you chose to have one*
And Viola! You now have your very own DIY Rebecca Minkoff Inspired Tassel Clutch Purse. I hope you enjoyed this post & I hope you have a great day! With lots of love…