Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog, by Material Concepts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Tyvek Clutch

Photo Credit: Sini Makela/Design&Paper
Today's consumers want products that feature the latest and greatest trends, so designers are constantly working to create the next "it product." Sini Makela, editor for the blog Design&Paper, took on this challenge and designed a fantastic clutch that can not only be used to hold items like wallets and makeup, but it can also be used as an iPad holder. What makes Makela's clutch so unique and original is that she made it with Tyvek. Regarding her choice of working with Tyvek, Makela says that when it comes to choosing a material, her "latest love is the fantastic Tyvek. The material which is best described as something with a 'paper look and a fabric feel', is something I haven't come across before."
Photo Credit: Sini Makela/Design&Paper
In fact, she is so fond of working with the versatile Tyvek material that she says "since I got my hands on it, I haven’t let go!" Makela suggests painting the Tyvek® to add your own style to the clutch, and that for her design she "made some classic stripes...using Indian ink." She chose to work with Indian ink because it "dries very quickly and doesn't smudge" and recommends using it.

Photo Credit: Sini Makela/Design&Paper
If you are looking for a unique gift to give somebody this year, why not make it this fabulous clutch? As she describes, here's how Makela made this Tyvek clutch:

First I decided on the size: big enough to fit my stuff on a night out, but as I also wanted to use it as a cover for my iPad, I decided to give it a thick protective lining. So the cover is made of hand painted Tyvek and the lining is made of white recycled woven cotton which is thick enough to give the clutch a strong structure and also protect the valuables inside. When sowing a lining into a bag, make sure to sew the two pieces together the wrong way around and then turning it into an open end tube, so the stitching is inside the lining. Fold the tube into three folds which will form the clutch. Sow the sides and stitch and the open end close. For the most simple version, that’s it! You can always sow a zipper or other closing mechanism but I opted for the simple style.
Photo Credit: Sini Makela/Design&Paper

Not only does Makela make Tyvek clutches, but she also makes Tyvek® t-shirts! For information about her DIY t-shirt, check out her Design & Paper post.

If you want to use Tyvek to create fashion designs, you can purchase many styles of Tyvek® online. For further assistance, please contact Material Concepts or call us at 215-338-6515. Material Concepts is an authorized DuPont™ Tyvek® master distributor.

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