Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

One of my favorite local thrift stores happens to have an amazing linens department, and I always check it out whenever I stop by. I recently found this gold table runner that looked like brocade fabric and I KNEW I needed to upcycle it somehow. It had some red wine stains int he center, but that was fine by me. Because my upcycling idea only involved the ends, by doing some bag making into an envelope clutch!

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Bag Making with a Gold Table Runner

First things first, I folded over a corner (after removing the tassels), measured it, multiplied it by 3, and cut off the length of table runner that I’d want for an envelope clutch.

Upcycling a gold table runner from the thrift store into an envelope clutch for bag making by Sadie Seasongoods

To give my envelope clutch more form, I traced out the piece of brocade fabric on some stiff interfacing.

Using stiff interfacing in bag making for upcycling a gold table runner into a gold clutch by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I slipped the stiff interfacing inside the table runner end, between the brocade fabric on top and the lining. Think of the interfacing as a pillow and the table runner as a pillowcase.

At this point, I just needed to make sure that it fit inside.

Bag sewing patterns for an envelope clutch with textile recycling of a gold table runner by Sadie Seasongoods

Now that I knew it fit inside, I could add the hidden closures! I purchased some sew-in magnets that I would attach to the interfacing. The sharpie-written X’s mark the magnetic sides of each magnet.

Using my sewing machine, I stitched on one sew in magnet near the corner of my interfacing (“X side” facing out). Then, I stitched the other magnet on the flip side of the interfacing (again, “X side” facing out), approximately 6” in from the end. Just like an envelope!

Attaching the sew in magnets to the stiff interfacing that is used in bag making with brocade fabric by Sadie Seasongoods

Upcycling a Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

With the brocade fabric side facing down, I slid the interfacing in with the corner magnet facing up. I then verified that it would magnet-snap close when tri-folded (being an envelope clutch and all).

Next, I folded over the open end twice to close the interfacing inside. After that, I pinned it and carefully stitched it on my machine.

Stitching the bottom of an envelope clutch closed with stiff interfacing inside for bag sewing patterns by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I turned up the flat edge and pinned it for stitching the sides shut. My upcycling idea for an envelope clutch was actually working out perfectly!

Sewing the sides together of an envelope clutch for bag making and textile recycling of a table runner by Sadie Seasongoods

And then that was it! Once it was magnetically “snapped” closed and I lined up the stripes of the fabric together, I gave the top flap a little press with my iron.

Not a full crease, mind you, but just something to give the fabric and interfacing some memory when opened and closed.

Upcycling ideas for table runner from the thrift store for an envelope clutch or evening bag by Sadie Seasongoods

This gold table runner was PERFECT for upcycling into an envelope clutch. The original lining of the table runner is now the liner of my evening bag. And because the sew-in magnets are attached to the secret interfacing between the layers of fabric, you don’t see them.


Upcycling Idea for a Gold Table Runner – Envelope Clutch / Evening Bag

In typical Sadie fashion, I thought the envelope clutch needed one more thing to really bring it home. So, I added a vintage brooch to the corner of the flap. NOW it was perfect.

Bag making with brocade fabric from a gold table runner from the thrift store to make a gold clutch or evening bag by Sadie Seasongoods

See what mean? It looks like it was meant to be against the brocade fabric…

Adding a vintage brooch to an envelope clutch from bag making of a table runner by Sadie Seasongoods

I simply adore it and can’t wait to parade it out one night in the near future. Who knew bag making could be so simple?

Upcycling ideas for envelope clutch or bag making from a gold table runner into a gold clutch by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for bag making, then you may also be interested in these reusable produce bags that I made from kids t-shirts, too!

How to reduce plastic and avoid plastic with reusable produce bags made from kids t shirts by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. Sandra Crosbie says

    Wow. That is a lovely, expensive looking clutch for very little money. Brilliant tutorial too.

  2. Cute idea!

  3. Excellent job, Sarah! You had me at vintage linens and purses – I collect both. Love the fabric and the jewel tops it off just right.

  4. Joyce Bookie says

    Great project ! I’m going to be in the Greenville area next weeks would love to know what thrifts and shops are a MUST visit Thanks and love your blog

    • That’s great, Joyce!! So, my favorite local stores are the one I mention in this post (Second Chances), as well as SOS Thrift (there are two locations- both are great, but the Pleasantburg store is my favorite), and Red Ribbon Resale. There are plenty of others (Goodwill, Miracle Hill, Salvation Army), but those three are at the top of my list!

  5. I love this! What a fantastic and beautiful idea. Pinning.

  6. Sadie,
    You work magic with every piece of fabric you touch!
    This is wonderful!

  7. Your creativity is amazing!

  8. CUTE!

  9. Amazing. It turned out lovely. Your step by step is very clear and easy to follow.

  10. Beautiful table runner and a lovely job!

  11. Sarah, what an awesome way to use a table runner or any piece of fabric. I’m like you ~ just love fabric. I call myself a fabric who—-. Thanks for sharing this great sewing project at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  12. Hello. I am visiting you from How We Roll. This is a great tutorial. You may like my post on How to Run Your Own Summer Sewing Camp. http://www.thelostapron.com/2016/07/sewing-camp.html

  13. Perfect, Sadie. I am impressed by your creativity, attention to detail and how you worked it all through in your mind so that the magnets were hidden. The brooch was the perfect touch. Very nice job, Sadie. And, the photograph is very professional.

  14. I just love this! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle! I would like to try to make this.

  15. Amazing vision! Looks like something expensive from a designer vintage shop. Visiting from Morning Cup of Joe party.

  16. I had to laugh when I saw, “Holy moly, I did it…”!! I do that all the time! This turned out stunning. Have you been called a genius like a million times already? Cause you are 😀

    • LOL- thank you!!! I say it all the time (the holy moly part, not the genius part 😛 )- I have these crazy ideas in my head and sometimes I’m just plain shocked that they worked!!

  17. How cute! I think I have an old pillow slip cover of similar material. I know I’m making this. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & Shared

  18. I love how approachable this project is! The clutch is adorable 🙂

  19. Beautiful clutch! And to think, it used to be a table runner! Wonderful work and so creative!

  20. Sarah, You are a woman with an incredible vision! This clutch turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share

  21. helenfern says

    I love this – what a great way to re-purpose old linens! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NWs DIY Party!

  22. charleneasay1 says

    What a great way to repurpose an old table runner. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  23. Such an easy project and for great clutch. Thanks for sharing.

  24. You could have convinced me that it was a vintage clutch. You did a lovely job on it. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  25. Such a pretty clutch. Love how you re-purposed it. The tutorial is outstanding as well. Thank you for sharing your creative talents at DI&Di.

  26. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Sarah you have done it again! This is so smart and so easy and the possibilites are endless! Pinning and sharing!

  27. Wow…what a neat idea! 🙂

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  28. Wow! Words cannot express how smart and awesome I think this is! Also, I hadn’t heard of sewable magnet closures. That is a fantastic resource. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

  29. Always great to see you at Peace Love Linkup! See you next week! : )

  30. I can barely sew a hem and the iron on stuff and I don’t see eye to eye. This Sadie Clutch is adorable! So happy that you were able to join us again this week at Celebrate Your Story!

  31. I am speechless, so all i can say I am totally in love! So pretty! I sew so this is on my bucket list

  32. My aren’t you crafty! What a nice job you did on the clutch! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays. We love seeing your posts!

  33. I love what you did with the table runner! Tomorrow I will try to make it. Thanks! This bag is adorable!

  34. I loved it..you made me want to go out and check out the thrift stores and its 1am here in Vegas.
    Great job..well done. Where is your store at? Would be nice if it was near by. Best of luck on any and all future endeavors.

  35. Love your clutch. I want to have a place to go to in Maine that requires an evening purse….darn…my 30+ year old one suffices! I have done the same with table runners but turned them into 2 throw pillows with an “envelope” closure. If the runner doesn’t come with tassels, I cut a skein of embroidery floss in half for 2 tassels….slick! Using pillow covers for holidays, especially, sure saves on storage space!

  36. Alice Smeathers says

    I used a table runner with a fringe and made a long strapped boho bag for my g-daughter. It has inner pockets for a passport, water bottle, money, etc. I also made an inner pocket with long straps which can be be taken out but is still attached. I made 2 of these from different colourful table runners. Great for travelling and on the plane.


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