Many moons ago I saw the most adorable Charlotte Olympia purse where the handles were sunglasses. It was being sold for close to $1,000 which was too rich for my blood but I thought I could make something similar. Cut to a few weeks ago. I was at Target and saw a straw handbag for three bucks. I remembered the Charlotte Olympia purse and thought I could do something along those lines. After failing my first attempt I tried again and came up with what I think is a really cute cat eye clutch!
Seriously, how cute is it! I love how it turned out. Here are the directions so you can try it at home.
Cat Eye Clutch Tutorial
- Create a template for your glasses and cut out of card stock. I used a piece of scrapbooking paper which is why mine is pink. All I did was fold the paper in half and then free handed the glasses. I would have put up a downloadable version, but I realized that the size and shape will depend on whatever you use as the purse.
- Trace the template onto the backside of the vinyl using your Sharpie marker. Remember you will need two sunglasses- one for each side.
- Cut the glasses out of the vinyl.
- If your purse isn’t the right shape, just use the purse like a piece of fabric and sew it to the shape you desire. All I had to do was sew a straight line about halfway up the bag to create the clutch shape. Then I cut off the excess. Remember to turn the bag inside out before sewing.
- Hot glue the vinyl to the bag. On my first attempt I sewed the glasses onto the bag, and it looked amazing but was very tricky. I decided to go with the hot glue for my second attempt because it is so much easier for the average crafter. If you are good at sewing I say go for it, but it still looks pretty great just being glued on.
- At the last minute I thought a few rhinestones would look good and it turns out I was right! I love the extra sparkle it adds.
Adorbs! Considering the whole thing cost less than five bucks, I think it turned out pretty darned fantastic! If I were going to try it again I would look for a turquoise sparkly vinyl or maybe even Barbie Doll pink.
I figured you dolls would like a full shot of my ensemble, so here you go! The dress is vintage and the shoes are a few years old. The belt is old from Anthro and the sunglasses (turns out I don’t actually own any cat eye glasses!) are Oliver Peoples which I purchased on eBay.