DIY Jewelry Box Clutch with Finished Sateen Lining

So how fantastic was Honestly, WTF‘s reinvention of the sunglasses case into a DIY Alexander McQueen-inspired box clutch last year?  I think it’s safe to say that we all loved it – and all went out to the nearest store in search of a hard-sided sunglasses case forthwith.

However, I got to thinking: why not use something that may already be in your closet to make this?

Enter the velveteen jewelry box: often when we ladies receive or buy a piece of beautiful jewelry, it’s housed in its own velour-lined box.  And those boxes are so pretty!  Why not reinvent them?

I’ve held on to most of my velour jewelry boxes, not because I use them to store jewelry in still (I use flocked jewelry trays that stores use in their display cases), but because I thought to use them again somehow.  And some of them were sentimental to me.Take this shell-shaped velour box – it used to hold a string of my grandmother’s pearls that I received when she passed away.  The insides of the box had gotten old, deformed, stained, and crumbly over time…but the outside was still quite pretty.  I thought it very Art Deco.  And so decided to give it a second life, as a pretty box clutch.  Here’s how I did it: (more…)

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