Who knew? Embroidered patches can even be ironed onto a plain leather clutch to make it pop. The festive finishing touch: a metallic tassel looped through the zipper pull.

Applique Clutch
MARCUS SMITH

Appliqués and embroidered patches can be ironed onto almost any item in your closet. Think: sweaters, jeans, hats, blouses, shoes, skirts, even a leather clutch such as this one. Make your own one-of-a-kind purse (and make a fabulous fashion statement all at once).

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

iron-on applique leather clutch
Step 1

Arrange your patches in a desired layout.

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Step 2

To prep hand iron, turn on to the hottest setting (avoid using steam) and work on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).

Step 3

To apply each patch individually, layer pressing cloth between the patch and the iron. Press down on patch for 30 seconds, covering with heat evenly. (Tip: If you're worried about applying heat to a delicate or dyed bag, use leather glue instead.)

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Step 4

Optional: Tie a small tassel to the zipper pull.

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