Chiffon Purse DIY

8 Oct

My first DIY project! I saw this idea on another fashion blog – thanks …love Maegan for the inspiration!

This is the original inspiration piece – The Christian Louboutin Satin Petal Bag (retails for $1,495).

Here is my before:
An ex-prom purse I picked up at Goodwill for $2. Nothing extraordinary.

Okay, now to turn this into something special! It’s very easy, just time consuming. Perfect project for a day off.

I used a roll of black chiffon that I found in the remnants bin at Jo Ann Fabrics for $1. I bought the fabric awhile back thinking I would find a use for it someday – so glad I did!

So first step: Cut a strip of chiffon. The size of the strip will affect the size of the flower. My strips were approximately 4″x8″. By my picture below, it’s pretty clear to see that perfection is not necessary.

Next, fold the strip into an accordion-style fold.

After, cut all of the corners off. I pinned my folded strip first to make it easier. A general idea of what it should look like after it’s cut:

And un-fold. Again, perfection need not apply …

Now start a running stitch down the center of the strip simply weaving your needle in and out of the fabric.

Once you’ve reached the end, scrunch up the fabric and tie off the string creating a flower.

Now find a good placement on the purse for the flower and attach with string.

Continue until all areas that you want covered with the chiffon are complete … this takes time. If you need a break, take pictures of your pets.



Yeah, they’re cute … now back to work.

Cut, fold, cut, stitch, flower, attach, repeat, repeat, repeat, complete!

I placed my flowers on the lower half of the purse and all over the back. At the magnetic closure, I placed one flower and a button in the center … I love the results!

What do you think of my $3 purse compared to the Christian Louboutin version? Is this simple enough that you think you could make your own? I’m sure many of you have old un-used clutches laying around from school dances. Give it a shot!




4 Responses to “Chiffon Purse DIY”

  1. Jorie October 9, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Love the pet break! You’d better keep that purse away from that pooch or you’re going to have what used to be chiffon flowers all over your house 🙂 You must get your creativity from your dad…cat picture bring back any memories? Great job!

  2. Kai October 9, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    1. shanty has a dirty chin.
    2. epworth looks regal.
    3. the purse turned out great!

  3. Anita October 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    I love DIY proyects!
    nice blog, keep posting

    • Anita October 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

      ohh and i love the pictures. What camara do you use?

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