DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

I recently made a spontaneous online purchase on Anthropologie when I got an email about their clearance sale. I’m a sucker for a good bargain, so when I saw this amazing beaded pouch I bought it not knowing what I would use it for.

I’m not a major clutch fan because I am forever afraid I’ll put it down somewhere and forget it since it’s not attached to me. When it came in the mail I fell in love with the pouch and was determined to make it attachable to me so I don’t lose it.

I decided making it into a crossbody bag would be the best choice. You can easily tweak this DIY to make a wristlet or shoulder strap to attach instead of a long crossbody strap.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

Materials:

Grommets 3/8″ – Antique Brass- I couldn’t find ring sizes I wanted, so I used grommets. If you find rings that work for you, I would suggest using those. I just happened to have a grommet tools and know I’ll use the rest in another project.

2mm Leather Cord- Black, Natural– Make sure it is at least 3 yards long and 2mm thickness. You can choose to use just one color instead of two also.

2 Large Lobster Clasps– I couldn’t find the exact ones I used, but these are close. I used jewelry clasps because the purse clasps selection didn’t have anything small enough. They would have been comically large in comparison to the size of my purse. I found these in the jewelry aisle of my local craft store.

Kreinik Braid Metallic Thread (Gold)- I suggest using any thread that is fray resistant and you know won’t unravel easily. I’ve used this thread in other projects and found that it’s a very strong thread that can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

Directions:

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

Unravel the two leather cords and fold in half. Thread them through one lobster clasp ring.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

I used small black elastic hair ties to keep the cords in place. Later we’ll go back and replace them with a nicer finish. I used this bread braiding instructions to help me figure out how to do a four strand braid.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

I used all three yards of the leather cords. Once I was done braiding my strap was about 46 inches long. If you don’t want a crossbody length strap, just a shoulder strap or a wristlet I suggest measuring the strap of your favorite bag to figure out how long you want the braid to be.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

Leave the last few inches of the cord un-braided to thread the end of the braid through the second lobster clasp. Fold over the un-braided ends and secure with a cobra knot using the metallic thread. I used these great DIY instructions to create the cobra knot to secure the ends of my straps.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

Cobra knot the other end of the strap. I found these instructions on how to finish leather cord with wire the day after I finished make the strap for this bag. It looks like another good way to secure the ends that you might want to try out.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

Attach the grommets or rings to the clutch. The grommets aren’t very obvious, so  I can switch back and forth between a crossbody bag or a clutch with the detachable strap.

DIY: Turn a Clutch into a Crossbody

I took it out for a test run this past weekend to the ceramic studio and the San Fransisco Pride Parade on Sunday, more on that here.
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