Summer is all about fruit prints and bold patterns. Embrace the season with a stylish clutch stitched with watermelon motifs. Inspired by a $198 Anthropologie clutch, this DIY hack will only set you back $15. You can also use this embroidery technique on tote bags, T-shirts and even jeans.
Things You'll Need
- Faux leather clutch (a shade of pink or red)
- Washable marker or pencil
- Embroidery floss (green and black)
- Hand-sewing needle
TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)
The clutch must be made of thin, lightweight material, such as faux leather, canvas or cotton. The sewing needle must be sharp. These two factors will make stitching the clutch a breeze.
Create watermelon rinds by drawing curved lines using your protractor and a marker or pencil.
Start at a number on the left side of the "90" mark. Continue drawing until you reach the same number on the right side of the "90" mark. This project used the "50" mark.
Repeat several times across the clutch. The total number of curved lines depends on your preference.
Cut a long strand of green embroidery floss to use as the rind. The length of this strand will depend on the size of each curved line. As a rule of thumb, cut more than you think you need. Be sure not to separate the individual threads of the floss.
Insert the floss through the sewing needle. Tie the ends with a tight double knot.
Select a curved line to start stitching. Starting at one end of the line, insert the needle from the behind the fabric.
Do not stitch through both layers of the clutch. Otherwise, you will not be able to store items in it. In order to stitch through the top layer, unzip the clutch first.
Pull the needle and thread until the knot hits the fabric.
Re-insert the needle about 1/4 inch from the starting point.
Pull the needle until you can not pull any further. This step completes the first stitch. Make sure the stitch is flat and taut before continuing.
Re-insert the needle from behind the fabric, 1/4 inch away the first stitch. Then pull the needle through. Be sure you're following along your curved line.
Re-insert the needle from the front of the fabric. The re-entry point should be right next to the first completed stitch.
Pull the needle and thread through. This step completes the second stitch. Again, make sure the stitch is flat and taut.
Repeat Steps 9-11 until the whole curved line is stitched with green floss.
Along the inside of the clutch, tightly tie the thread. Cut away the excess.
This step completes the first watermelon rind.
To create watermelon seeds, draw 5-7 small dots below the green stitching. Place the dots at equal intervals, using your eye to approximate the distance.
On one dot, create a single stitch -- a small diagonal line -- with black floss. Create a single stitch according to Steps 5-8.
Stitch a second diagonal line over the first. Make sure this line is slanted in the opposite direction from the first. This step creates a tiny "x." Again, create a single stitch according to Steps 5-8.
Repeat on all of the dots.
Tie the thread and cut away the excess, just as you did in Step 13. This step completes one full watermelon.
Continue Steps 3-17 until the clutch is completely covered in stitched watermelons.
Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and author focusing on crafts, recipes, and health. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in New York.