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Bling It On
There's nothing wrong with a plain purse. But some occasions call for a bit more sparkle. Add beads, sequins, and pretty fabric to a simple bag -- and suddenly it's a dazzling clutch, ready for a night out.
Leather medium pouch, in Gold, $40, baggu.com
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Use these pouches to hold cash, credit cards, keys, a phone, or makeup.
Small leather carryall pouch, in Black, $28, americanapparel.net
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Cut fabrics to fit, stitch on beads, sew fabrics together, glue to bag -- and you're good to go.
Medium leather coin purse, in Black, $20, americanapparel.net
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Loose seed and bugle beads, in various colors, $1.75 for 7.5 g, firemountaingems.com. Circle bugle-bead trim, 1", in Gunmetal (#20219), $16 per yd., and cut bugle and seed bead trim, in Gold (#14688), $12 per yd., mjtrim.com. Various fabrics, by B&J Fabrics, 212-354-8150, and NY Elegant Fabrics, 212-302-4980. Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive, $15 for 5.6 oz., quiltingwarehouse.com.
Left: Leather small pouch, in Gold, $20, baggu.com
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1. Cut Fabrics
Using a pencil, lightly trace the shape of the bag onto the fabric you plan to bead. Cut that piece 1/2 inch to 1 inch smaller than the trace line. Trace again onto a contrasting piece of fabric, and cut 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch smaller than the trace line.
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2. Sew Beads and Trim
Stitch seed beads, bugle beads, and sequins onto smaller piece of fabric, or glue beaded trim directly onto bag. If the fabric has a pattern, accentuate it -- outline a polka dot with sequins, echo stripes or plaids with bugle beads, or dot seed beads onto flowers.
Left: Leather small pouch, in Black, $20, baggu.com
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3. Attach to Bag
Fold the edges of the beaded piece under, and stitch to larger bottom piece; spray adhesive to the back of bottom piece, and press to bag.
Left: Small leather carryall pouch, in Stone, $28, americanapparel.net
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This bag will also fit an iPad, with plenty of room left over. (What else could you possibly need?)
Medium leather carryall pouch, in Rust, $46, americanapparel.net
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Customize these for your friends, using fabric and embellishments in their favorite colors.
Small leather coin purse, in Bone, $15, americanapparel.net
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