I had such a nice and unexpected response when I posted the geek chic clutch a little while ago. I never would have thought so many of you would like it! I guess you have a little inner nerd, too? I thought I’d show you how to make it today. In case you want one.
It’s a time consuming project, but flip on some Star Wars while you go and the time will fly by. (Is that too much? Do you guys like Star Wars, too? Only girl syndrome.)
The basic construction is just a simple zipper pouch. I made it from an old suit and lace dress with a zipper and a wrist strap.
How to attach the keys:
Find some old keyboards at a thrift store. Bring them home and pop out all the keys! Be careful, they go flying a little bit. I boiled the keys at this point, but a nice little wash in the tub with some soap is fine. Boiling them skewed a few of the keys, but you can’t really tell.
You will need E6000, your new best friend. A permanent glue. I wanted to use what I had on hand for this project so I found a necklace chain and ripped the links apart with pliers. Those links will be the ‘button’ part.
Put a dab of glue on the back of your keyboard key. They are all shaped differently, but should hold the glue just fine.
Let the glue get a little tacky and place a link with the opening side down into the glue. Let them dry.
Now you have a bunch of “buttons”!
Now here is the tedious part: sew each on by hand, making sure to only go through the outer layer of the pouch. Don’t worry, it only took me a few weeks.
And when you’re done, you’ll have a sweet new clutch!
You can spell things out with the letters if you want for extra personalization.
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Awesome! Truly great!
So awesome! I love that you glued the links to the keys and then sewed each one on — quality! The finished bag looks fabulous!
Wow Kate so cool! I definitely don’t have the patience to make this so I’ll just admire yours. Oh and I definitely love Star Wars:o)
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this is super interesting. :) and i like star wars too!
Super duper cute!!! I am partial to the lace inside.
I LOVELOVELOVE me some Star Wars. Harry Potter. Star Trek. Lord of the Rings. Twilight. X-Men. Anything else geeky and nerdy can come along too.
ok Cool Purse… But that is a bit time consuming isnt it. Not sure If it have the patience for that.
I am not a star wars lover… though my hubby is and his man cave is partially devoted to it.
Great use of recycled materials! I used to work in IT and I know that my fellow geeky friends would LOVE this!
Heather @ http://fakeitfrugal.blogspot.com/
thaaats crazy ;d but looks fantastic
Kate, this is super-cool! What a fun project! =)
This is awesome. Wow…so creative. Love it.I’ll never look at an old keyboard the same way!
How fun and original…I think my husband would love it if I carried one of those around :)
What an amazing bag! I’m putting it on my “to-do” list! What is this glue? I’ve NEVER had a glue that actually holds permanently.
That´s so amazing, I would LOVE to have one of these….