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So-Clutch Pouches

Metallics and leather complement each other perfectly in these chic carryalls.

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Single-shoulder leather, 4 to 5 ounces (by Craftsman Oak, 4 to 5 oz., $30, tandyleather.com)

  • Craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat

  • Gilding adhesive and silver gilding sheets (Silver gilding sheets, $12 for 12; and adhesive, $8 for 2 oz., by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com)

  • Paintbrushes

  • Decoupage medium

  • Glitter (optional)

steps

  1. Download and print template; cut out. Trace onto wrong side of leather with a pencil; cut out with ruler and knife.

  2. Score along fold lines on wrong side of leather with knife.

  3. Run leather under water until pliable. Dry with a towel.

  4. Fold pouch along scored lines. Lay towel over pouch and place a heavy book on top; leave 1 hour. Remove; let dry.

  5. Apply cement to right sides of tabs and inside of pouch where tabs will adhere; let set 15 minutes. Fold pouch, joining tabs. Apply weight; let set, 1 hour.

  6. To add gilding, mask off area you’d like to coat with masking tape. Apply adhesive to area with brush; let dry, 15 minutes. Lay a gilding sheet, silver-side down, onto surface; rub to adhere. Remove paper; repeat until area is covered. Brush on decoupage medium to seal.

  7. To add glitter, mask off as in step 6, then brush desired area with decoupage medium. Sprinkle glitter over painted area; let dry. Once dry, seal with decoupage medium.

  8. Using mallet and leather punch, make an 11/64-inch hole in top flap of pouch, as indicated. Cut a 3/8-inch-long slit from hole toward top of pouch. To make stud hole, close flap; use pencil to mark through flap hole. Place a scrap in pouch and use 3/32-inch punch to make hole where marked. Add stud.

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