Remember that tapestry clutch purse I styled last week? Here's how I made it! Basically, I found a needlepoint place mat at a thrift store, folded it in thirds end to end to create an envelop shape, and sewed some vintage lace down the sides to make it a little bigger so I could actually get my stuff inside.
needlepoint place mat
hook and eye closure
needle & thread
2 jewelry jump rings (optional)
purse strap (optional)
1. Cut and pin lace onto place mat where needed, probably in a wedge shape. 2. Stitch lace in place. I used really random stitching and made sure to stitch through the thicker parts of the lace. 3. If you would like your purse to have a strap, stitch on metal jump rings, one on either side, near the flap opening. 4. Stitch on hook and eye closure, hook under the flap and loop on the front of the purse. Clip on your strap if you're adding one, and you're good to go! You can always take the strap off if you want to use it has a clutch.