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Paris Lights Clutch with Glitter Stars

This geometric mod clutch purse is a perfect accompaniment with your favorite pair of denim blue jeans. I purchased this multi colored designer grade fabric in Paris and added glitter vinyl stars for the ultimate party clutch. Use your fabulous clutch purse with or without the 16″ woven nickel silver metal chain. Discretely stores inside when not in use.

An excellent gift for you or your BFF; will be cherished for many years. This handcrafted clutch will keep your personal items organized and secure. Easily holds cell phone, keys and your favorite lipstick.

Need a super stylish clutch for your next ladies night out?
From day to night this classic clutch will be your favorite go to accessory.
You deserve it girl!

Measures 8”w x 5.5”h x 3”d
16″ woven nickel silver chain
Designer grade woven fabric
Nickel metal kiss lock closure clutch frame.
Heavyweight interfacing for structure and protection of your personal items.
Comes with a protective storage bag.

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Shopping for Fabrics in Paris

By: Nicole

Wherever my travels may take me, I always make it a point to seek out a local fabric store. A couple yards of fabric can be the perfect souvenir. During a quick trip to Paris, I found myself exploring the fabric shops in the Paris neighborhood of Montemarte (18e); Anvers Metro stop. The Montemarte fabric shops are scattered over a couple blocks at the foot of the Sacré Coeur Basilica gardens. Many of the shops offer similar items but you can easily spend a good part of the day exploring this area.

Montemarte Paris France

Sacre-Coeur Basilica

Start your day at Sacre-Coeur and enjoy one of the best views of Paris from the Basilica’s front entrance. After your visit, walk down the stairs through the park and you have arrived! Montemarte – the discount fabric district!

Before you start shopping, familiarize yourself with some specifics:
Tissus = fabric
Coupons = remnants
vente en gros = wholesale only
vente en detail = open for retail customers

I started at Marché Saint-Pierre. Five floors of sewing heaven, everything and anything you could possibly be looking for as their website states.  Shop associates are standing by and ready to cut your fabric requirements.

2008-08-11_c_Déballage Marché Saint-Pierre-01

2008-08-11_c_Déballage Marché Saint-Pierre-01 (Photo credit: pakitt)

Across the street from Marché Saint-Pierre is Tissus Reine. Also a large store, expect to peruse through 3 floors of fabric closeouts. What you see in the store today may not be there tomorrow, as with all of the remnant (“Coupons”) shops.

Tissus Reine

Tissus Reine

Just down the street from Tissus Reine at 2 Rue Livingstone, is Moline. Moline actually stretches the equilivent of several fabric shops. As with most of the fabric shops, bolts of fabric and bins of remnants stacked up near the shop entrances entice you into another fabric haven. It was here that I purchased finely woven pink & cocoa plaid wool that is reminiscent of Coco Chanel.



My last stop for the day was MBF Décoration at 10 rue d’Orsel. This is a tiny upholstery fabric shop where I purchased a gorgeous multi-color confetti pattern on a white background. I have plans on using this material for a festive summer clutch purse.

MBF Décoration

MBF Décoration

If you plan on traveling to Paris with the intention of fabric shopping, I recommend traveling to the Montemarte neighborhood. Tucked in between the fabric shops are your haberdasheries & notion speciality shops. You can easily spend the day here as there are many cafes and coffee shops to give you a good break before your next stop.

Be sure to say bonjour or merci to the shop assistant upon entering or exiting their establishment.

Traveling to Paris for some fabric shopping? I would love to know where you ventured, what you purchased and what you will be designing with your fabulous fabric from France!

DIY T-Shirt Throw Pillow

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

Don’t discard your favorite T! Re-purpose your treasured memory into a throw pillow. It’s much simpler than you may think!

The finished size will depend on the size of your t-shirt. In the photos shown I was working with XL sized shirts.

Purchase a pillow form at your favorite store but keep in mind that you will need to cut your shirt 1/2” larger on each side. For my project I purchased an 18” x 18” square pillow form.

pieces cut before sewing

pieces cut before sewing

Start by cutting the shirt up each side, through the arms, continuing to the neck hole. You will now have 2 pieces. On the printed side, presumably the front of the shirt, center your design and cut a 19” x 19” square for the 18” x 18” square pillow form.

With your second piece of t-shirt, presumably the back of the shirt, cut 2 pieces 12.5” x 19”.

With both back t-shirt pieces, fold one 19” end ½” to the WRONG side, press. Fold again ½” and press again. Top stitch this folded edge in place. Repeat with second back t-shirt piece.

Overlap the 2 back pieces WRONG side up so that you are looking at what will essentially be the inside of the back pillow piece. The 2 edges you finished will overlap each other by 4”. Double check your overall measurement, which in this example would be 19”. Pin the overlapped pieces and sew together with a 3/8” SA.

Place your front t-shirt panel RIGHT side up. Place your now sewn back panel piece WRONG side up, so that your front and back panels are RIGHT sides together. Match up the raw edges and pin in place. Sew a ½” SA around all 4 raw edges of the pillow, backstitching at each end.

For extra strength finish the seam allowances by zigzag stitching around all 4 raw edges.

Snip the tips off the corners being careful not to cut any stitching.

Turn the pillow cover RIGHT side out, push out corners and press.

Insert pillow form through back opening and shazam! Your new throw pillow!

Share with us in the comments section your pillow masterpiece!

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

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