DIY holiday clutch: Jingle Bell + Tassel

I found this lovely gray felt clutch at Hobby Lobby while out hunting down clutches for this DIY project. I love the size – it easily holds my wallet, phone and a couple of diapers. And only $4.99?! Go get yours right now!

The only problem – it was kind of plain. And I couldn’t decide how to spruce it up. Star stickers? Black lace? Cute red bow? Maybe use duct tape again?

Red was definitely the way to go. I kind of have a thing for red accessories.

It’s too bad I don’t have a good story about an insanely expensive purse that I was trying to knock off. Because that would be way cooler than telling you I was inspired by a tablecloth.

Red cord curtain tiebacks are magically the perfect length. I also finally broke down and bought an X-Acto knife (which would have come in really handy here, let me tell you). Now I have a decently stocked craft drawer!

If you’d like to make your own jingle bell + tassel clutch, you’ll need:

  • Gray felt clutch found at Hobby Lobby. ($4.99) If you’re an industrious type, you could probably easily sew your own.
  • 3-4 jingle bells. ($1.99 for 8 but I think all Christmas stuff was 40% off)
  • Red curtain tieback with tassel. ($2.99)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Glue

Step 1: On the inside of the clutch flap, mark where you will cut the slits to weave the cord.

Step 2: The guide above shows how I spaced the cuts. You will make a total of 6 small slits. The 2 inch width is where the cord is on the outside (i.e., visible). Continue the pattern till you reach the other side of the clutch. You’ll end up 1/2 inch from the other outside edge as well.

Step 3: Cut your first slit at the 1/2 inch mark. Pull the cord through from the front, stopping when you hit the tassels.

Step 4: Continue cutting the slits about a 1/2 inch wide. Weave the cord through.

Can you see all of my pen marks? It took me FOREVER to figure out the spacing. Maybe next time I’ll try using a pencil.

Step 5: You can glue any excess cord on the underside of the flap if you want. I didn’t bother. I just tucked it in.

Step 6: Tie on the jingle bells. I added 2 to each tassel. Dab a bit of glue on the knot. When it’s dry you can snip off the tassel string ends.

This is actually how it looks with my wallet, phone & diapers in there. Love!

The sound of jingle bells is totally putting me in the Christmas spirit. Is it too early to start listening to Christmas songs?


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  1. says

    I'm so doing this Stephanie. You know, I saved the latte coloured leather from our lounge (which died) and I've been wondering what to make. I could so make one of these, especially one with bells for Christmas. Just love it!

    Anne xx

  2. says

    Very cute!! And no, it's definitely not too early to start playing Christmas music. I actually play mine occasionally year round. Just a few songs, here and there, just to keep my inner elf happy. ;)

  3. says

    I love this, it's so chic especially for a Christmas party!
    -You reminded me of my my mum, she was singing Christmas songs the other day talking about how she cannot wait to start decorating for Christmas! I guess she's not the only one that's excited for it!
    Happy Monday!

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