I love experimenting when I sew - and discovered last year that you can make some interesting things by sewing with old car windscreen shades!
Recently I was given a nice shiny red one that was no longer used so decided to make a shiny clutch!
It's another very simple project that anyone can sew in just 5 steps and 15 minutes!
All you need is:
An old car windscreen shade, some scrap material for the lining, a large button and a piece of elastic, ribbon or old hair tie!
Measure and cut a piece each of the windscreen shade and your lining material 30 x 20 cm (12 x 8").
Fold the elastic/ribbon (around 12 cm/ 4.75") or hair-tie into a loop, and pin to the right side of your windscreen shade rectangle in the middle of the shorter edge.
Lay the lining fabric face down on top and pin all around, leaving a gap of around 10cm (4") in one edge.
Stitch around all 4 edges - leaving the gap you marked with your pins. Clip all 4 corners.
Turn right sides out.
Note - your stitching next to the gap may rip a little as you turn it out. Don't worry about this, just go as slowly and carefully as you can!
Pin the opening closed, then top-stitch around all 4 edges, close to the edge.
Measure 10 cm (4") up from the centre of the opposite end to the elastic or ribbon loop and stitch on your button.
Fold up the bottom of the clutch 12 cm (4.75") and pin along both sides, then stitch. Run over the top edges of the fold a few times with your stitching for extra strength.
All done! A nice simple shiny clutch !
For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.
For more simple projects that anyone can sew in 5 steps and 15 minutes - go here!