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. These DIY beaded bags from Martha Stewart Living will have everyone asking, "Where did you get that?!" Use these pouches to hold cash, credit cards, keys, a phone, or makeup. Cut fabrics to fit, stitch on beads, sew fabrics together, glue to bag -- and you're good to go.
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
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