Rue Road Test: DIY Chain-Trimmed Clutch

I’ve been lusting after a chain-trimmed clutch for months now, but since keeping a roof over my head takes priority, I had no choice but to get creative. A deconstructed chain necklace and simple clutch were all I needed to make this copycat version, but you better believe that when the weather gets warmer (and sleeping on the beach is totally acceptable), one of those brand name babies will be mine for real.


What you’ll need:

  • Pliers
  • Box chain necklace, long enough to cover the whole perimeter of the bag
  • Clutch (I used a scuba material foldover clutch)
  • Needle and thread

How to do it:

  1. Using the pliers, undo the last links of the necklace (the ones that connect the chain to the clasp). Now you should just have a length of chain.
  2. Line up the very last link of the chain with the corner of the clutch.
  3. Double-thread your needle, either with a similarly hued thread or a contrasting color of your choice.
  4. Holding the chain flush to the edge of the clutch, bring the needle in and out through the links of the chain and edge of the clutch with a simple whipstitch.
  5. If there is a visible seam at the edges of your clutch, try to keep your stitches as close to it as possible.
  6. Once you’ve attached the chain all the way around, use your pliers to disconnect any excess chain links.

That’s it! Rock it with a pair of printed pumps and an LBD or keep it casual with flats and jeans – this clutch goes from done-up to laid-back instantly (with just enough edge).

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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