Martha Stewart and Joan Rivers Can't be Wrong

11 February 2011 00:01 by SarainAkko
Roll your eyes if you must but Martha knows comedy (at least she can handle comedy being conducted in her general proximity, as long as it's tidy).

Even if you aren't a die-hard Martha fan, you're going to want to catch her and Joan Rivers crafting together. It's just that good!

And here's the Marc Jacobs clutch they were recreating with felt and a glue gun. 

Take a minute to process that; remake Marc Jacobs with felt and a glue gun?

I'm no fashionista, but as a sister to and mother of  2 girls with the fancy gene I can tell you that this is probably wrong. And yet, it's sooo right.This purse was made to be remade.

But I'm not entirely in love with the results of this craft session gone astray.

My four year old would be thrilled by the felt hearts, but I'm not taking/toting this anytime soon.

So without further ado: my own "Love Story Clutch."

Step 1). If you have some spare pleather lying around in fanciful colors you can start by crafting yourself a basic clutch, any size and shape you like will work. I found this great turquoise purse for about $2. Cutting apart an old purse saves you the trouble of finding the zippers and other important purse parts.

If you're crafting your own clutch from scratch, skip to the bottom, otherwise stay with me.

Step 2). Get out your seam ripper and pull out any unnecessary seams and decoration. I was able to salvage the original zipper and the nice casing that connects to the sides of the bag for a finished look.

Step 3). Since this bag had a solid backside and only a little bit of white trim on the front, I was able to remove the front stripe, cut the original height of the bag in half and get a clean surface to make my clutch. The only remaining work was to reinsert the original zipper.


With any luck, you should wind up with a clutch that looks roughly like this bellow.


Step 4). Go back to all the pieces you disassembled from your original purse. You should have plenty of material to start cutting some large hearts to cover your bag in. Use a template to trace the hearts out for consistency.

A Majority of the fabric I had leftover was turquoise. 


 But I wanted more colors because the original bag had a great mix of texture and tone.

Step 5). Get out your craft paint and paint some of your hearts in varying shades to match your clutch. Leave some hearts their original color*.


*Tip: I mix paint when I've finished with one batch of hearts by adding the new paint to my original color. This keeps your hearts mostly within the same color family or tone so everything is well coordinated.

Step 6). Let painted hearts dry then begin playing with different arrangements on the clutch. If you'd like the hearts to be more stiffly adhered to the clutch, glue around the edges. For a more playful texture, glue hearts in the center only. It's already a remake of a remake, you can have fun with it. I promise I won't tell Martha.

I'll be guest posting this tutorial over at Mine For The Making Sunday the 13th. Stop on by and say hello. 

15 Response to "Martha Stewart and Joan Rivers Can't be Wrong"

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Pretty! I made a similar one for my ipad in pink hearts!
    I like your blue shades!


  2. SarainAkko Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, it's so simple but there is a so much design space between Marc Jacobs and Martha. I'd like to think the blue land me somewhere comfortably in the safe middle.

  3. LocalFunForKids Says:

    The colors are gorgeous! And, I (heart) Martha too ; )
    Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday.

  4. Alison Says:

    This is adorable and so creative. I would love for you to post it on my linky, Fridays Unfolded at


    Stuff and Nonsense

  5. April Says:

    It turned out awesome! I love the colors! Thanks for linking this up!

  6. Kristen Duke Photography Says:

    I've been wantint to paint a purse, but wasn't sure what medium to use...craft paint? I'd love to hear if it has rubbed off or chipping at all.

  7. SarainAkko Says:

    Hi Kristen, I haven't had any problems with it yet, but I don't take this as my daily purse. You might want to try a clear gloss coat to keep everything from cracking OR when in doubt ModPodge it!

  8. WobiSobi Says:

    This is just amazing, super super cute!!

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  10. SarainAkko Says:

    Thanks so much! The original was just so great that it deserved better than felt and a glue gun.

  11. April Says:

    Featured this on my blog today. come check it out!

  12. SarainAkko Says:

    Thanks so much April, the other features look great and I'm on my way over to see what other great projects are linking up.

  13. malia Says:

    Pretty much love this project! Featuring you Thursday at A Crafty Soiree.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  14. SarainAkko Says:

    Thanks Malia. This was such a simple project, start to finish, but with a great outcome that I really enjoy.

  15. Hilary @ KatrinkaJane Says:

    Fantastic! I have tons of scrap vinyl and pleather I've been hoarding. :) Now if I could only remember the project I came here in search of...

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