DIY Roundup 8 (and DIY Marabou Feather Clutch)

Feathered things are experiencing a revival lately – and I’ve been hankering after a maribou feather clutch for awhile.  But I’m not going to buy when I can DIY for much cheaper!  It’s sooooo easy too…

DIY Marabou Feather Clutch
Difficulty: (Easy/Beginner)

You Need:

*old clutch-style purse

*tacky glue
*marabou boa

1. Lay your clutch flat and visually estimate how far apart the pieces of your boa need to be to get the kind of coverage you want.

2. Spread the tacky glue in vertical lines down the front of your clutch, and across the top below the clasp.

3. Starting from one side, lay one end of the boa onto the glue at the bottom of the clutch.

4. Fold the boa piece over at the top of the clutch, and then loop it down towards the bottom.  Snip at the bottom of the clutch.

5. Repeat for all the lines of glue until the front of your clutch is completely covered.  Allow to dry and then trim the ends so they’re all one length.

Pretty easy, right?  To cover both the front AND the back using this method, you’ll probably need two boas.  And you could use any type of feathers that suit your fancy…they don’t have to be marabou, and they don’t have to be in boa-form, either.

Did You Know?  
“Marabou” is a term for fluffy feathers – and most “marabou” feathers available for crafting, fishing lures, garment trims, or millinery supply are actually turkey or chicken feathers, not feathers from the Marabou Stork (which are extremely expensive).  Feather supply companies may obtain their feathers from birds that are killed by the meat industry, or the down may be plucked from the bird as the seasons transition and it has no need of it anymore (termed “live-plucking”).  Feathers also may be collected as they naturally molt (like peacock feathers), or from birds’ nests (like eider down).

So finally, welcome to DIY Roundup 8! If you’re unsure how to link up your tutorial (or finished project), here’s how:


Just click the light blue “Add Your Link” button that appears to the bottom left below.  Follow the instructions in the Inlinkz window, pasting in the URL of your project or tutorial (from your own blog, Facebook page, Flickr account,,, etc).  Don’t forget to write the NAME/DESCRIPTION of your project – like “Bow T-Shirt” or “DIY Lanvin Necklace” – not your own name or your blog’s name!!! You can link up any piece you’ve made or tutorial you’ve written from any time, not just in the last two weeks (though it would be nice if it’s a recent project, just to keep the content fresh).  It’s all about sharing and bringing in more like-minded visitors to your site!


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DIY Feathered Ribbon-Tie Capelet

Myself and 9 other DIY bloggers were selected to compete in Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge.

We were all sent the same box packed to the gills with trims, studs, and flowers, and were asked to make “one or more projects.”  I made 12!
The leftovers.

I used almost the entire contents of the box, hoping to create as many different projects as possible that could appeal to a wide range of ages and styles, as well as making the projects as simple as possible (so anyone could replicate them) and using as few outside materials as possible, in order to truly showcase New York Design Shop’s products.  But I wanted my finished creations to be durable, wearable, and look polished – and be pieces that could potentially stand up to scrutiny in any retail store.

So here’s another of my projects:

Feathered Cape

You Need: 

*White Feather Fringe
*Baby Single Face Satin Ribbon in Cream

Additional Tools/Materials:

*fabric glue
*hot-glue gun


1. Cut Ribbon in half.

2. Squeeze a small amount of hot glue into the ribbon opening on the top of the Feather Fringe, and stuff the end of one piece of the ribbon inside.  Do the same for the other piece.

2. Cut a small piece about 1″ long from either end of the ribbon, and heat-seal raw edges with the lighter.

3. Use fabric glue to glue the small pieces of ribbon around the raw edges of the Feather Trim top.

4. Cut the ends of the long ribbon pieces on an angle and use an open flame to seal them.

You’re done!

Feeling angelic and light as air all swathed in feathers…

If you enjoyed this project I’d love to have your vote!

(One vote is allowed per unique IP address, anywhere in the world.  You don’t have to register or leave your name or anything!  But if you do leave a comment in your vote, you are automatically entered to win one of the projects by the Contest Winner.  Now that’s a great way to share the love!!:-)

Thanks for looking!


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