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Priority Clutch Purse

Added Aug 29, 2009

by Alyssa Lorraine

Montréal, Canada






Upcycled Tyvek priority mailing envelopes make great clutch purses! Tyvek the fabric of the future circa 1980…waterproof and durable! This is a great way to re-use shipping materials for stylish accessories.

This was my first time working with purse frames and while frustrating at points it wasn’t that bad in the end. I ended up with a few minor dents on the frame and a lot of super glue on my fingers but it holds together well . The Tyvek due to it’s stiffness was sometimes difficult to work with. Tyvek is not only stiff but also really thin so I had to stabilize it with fusible interfacing and cotton batting. I really enjoyed this project because I got to use boring everyday items in new ways.

More info and instruction sources at:
Purse frames can be purchased here:
Bits and Purses on Etsy

Logos © United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Material Notes

Tyvek mailing envelopes, metal purse frame, organic cotton batting, fusible interfacing,




Garment Type
Casual, Geek
Cotton, Other

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    Sep 8, 2009, 05.28 AMby hannahjunee

    where did you find the clutch clasp and frame?

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      Sep 10, 2009, 02.59 PMby Alyssa Lorraine

      The purse frame is from Bits and Purses on Etsy. She’s an amazing seller with quick shipment.

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    Aug 31, 2009, 09.22 PMby Ali Marie

    How creative…very resourceful too =]

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    Aug 31, 2009, 06.56 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    one of the more creative examples of upcyclng i’ve seen. bravo!!!! makes me wanna make an upcycled waterproof windbreaker….hmmmmmmmm?

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    Aug 31, 2009, 06.32 AMby liedemaaf

    Different and funky! I like it a lot.

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    Aug 30, 2009, 07.25 PMby marloncosta

    Oh maaaan!!! Beautiful, honestly…How did you think of that!!! So creative!!!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 02.53 PMby Alyssa Lorraine

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! Tyvek is such a fun fabric to work with.

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    Aug 30, 2009, 11.08 AMby missb3

    what a great idea! It’s very very nice!!!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 10.37 AMby hazel-ish

    This looks so good! i would actually buy this if i saw it in a shop.

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    Aug 30, 2009, 02.09 AMby judeb

    great upcycling, very funky.

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    Aug 30, 2009, 01.52 AMby gaslightingabbie

    This is so neat! I want one!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 12.47 AMby pakutke

    so cooool!!! bravo

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    Aug 29, 2009, 11.15 PMby cthuliz

    Innovative—so neat!

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