One of my oldest and dearest friends got married yesterday! I was lucky enough to not only witness this but got to be a part of it as well as one of her bridesmaids. Her new husband is a wonderful guy and I’m so happy for them both!

As I was thinking about what I could possibly get the bride for a personal wedding gift (as my mother and I had already send them wedding gifts via their registry), I came across some patterns for wedding knits and got incredibly inspired. I’ve said this a lot, but I knew that a gift would be 100 times more personal if I made it myself, and it would reflect how unique and special my friend is to me.

The pattern I came across that caught my eye immediately was a vintage-looking knit clutch purse with a beautiful, sparkly brooch on the front. The panels are knit with two different yarns held together; one is an off-white and the other is a sparkling gold, and together they create a beautiful variegated fabric that shimmers just a bit. Here is a close-up of the fabric:

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This clutch is bigger than it appears from the outside, because it folds over. On the inside, you can see the zipper in the middle opens to put things in the entire length of the finished purse. The inside is lined with a light honey-colored linen and some interfacing to reinforce the shape of the purse. It’s a perfect evening bag, and every classy lady needs one!

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I had some trouble with the brooch part. I looked through old buttons and trinkets, searching for something that was both old enough to match the look of the purse and shimmery enough to catch the eye and add luxury to it. I couldn’t find anything and had just about given up on the brooch entirely when I found an enormous bucket of beads in an old craft drawer. I ended up stringing two different colors of beads in multiple sizes onto thread and arranging them in a cluster on the front of the purse. Here are a few pictures of that:

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I think it turned out beautifully and I hope she loved it. Below are more pictures of the finished clutch purse.

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