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How to add a shoulder strap to your Zip Me Up Hippo Foldover Clutch

Hi everyone!

I have been blown away by your enthusiasm for my new pattern the Zip Me Up Hippo Foldover Clutch. Thank you all so much for you support of this pattern!  As a thank you I thought I would share a little tutorial on how to add a shoulder strap to this great little bag 🙂

So lets get to it!

You will need:

Step 1

Cut 2 strips from your leather scrap, measuring 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (1.2cm x 6.3cm).

Step 2

Slip your d-rings onto the strips of leather.

Step 3

Wrap the strip of leather around the edge of your finished Zip Me Up Hippo.  Ensure you position the strip of leather approximately 1/8″ (0.3cm) away from the seam joining the flap to the main body of the clutch.  When the strip of leather is in position, punch a hole for your rivet through all the layers from strip end to strip end.

Step 4

Push the post part of your rivet through the hole, flip the clutch over to see the end of the post sticking out, place the cap on the end of the post and set rivet (I used my rivet press, but you could use a rivet setter, anvil and hammer).

Step 5

Repeat step 4 for the remaining leather strip and d-ring, placing it on the other side edge of your clutch.

Attach your chain strap to the d-rings (or make your own fabric strap), and your clutch now has a shoulder strap!

The nifty thing about this design is if you don’t want to use the shoulder strap for an outing, just unclip the chain and fold the d-rings in towards the rivet under the flap, as shown below:

Then your bag becomes a clutch again!  Two bags in one, what could be better than that 😉

I hope you found this tutorial helpful 🙂
Until next time, happy sewing!


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