DIY Roundup 8 (and DIY Marabou Feather Clutch)

In Accessories, DIY, DIY Roundup on December 10, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Feathered things are experiencing a revival lately – and I’ve been hankering after a maribou feather clutch for awhile.  But I’m not going to buy when I can DIY for much cheaper!  It’s sooooo easy too…

DIY Marabou Feather Clutch
Difficulty: (Easy/Beginner)

You Need:

*old clutch-style purse

*tacky glue
*marabou boa

1. Lay your clutch flat and visually estimate how far apart the pieces of your boa need to be to get the kind of coverage you want.

2. Spread the tacky glue in vertical lines down the front of your clutch, and across the top below the clasp.

3. Starting from one side, lay one end of the boa onto the glue at the bottom of the clutch.

4. Fold the boa piece over at the top of the clutch, and then loop it down towards the bottom.  Snip at the bottom of the clutch.

5. Repeat for all the lines of glue until the front of your clutch is completely covered.  Allow to dry and then trim the ends so they’re all one length.

Pretty easy, right?  To cover both the front AND the back using this method, you’ll probably need two boas.  And you could use any type of feathers that suit your fancy…they don’t have to be marabou, and they don’t have to be in boa-form, either.

Did You Know?  
“Marabou” is a term for fluffy feathers – and most “marabou” feathers available for crafting, fishing lures, garment trims, or millinery supply are actually turkey or chicken feathers, not feathers from the Marabou Stork (which are extremely expensive).  Feather supply companies may obtain their feathers from birds that are killed by the meat industry, or the down may be plucked from the bird as the seasons transition and it has no need of it anymore (termed “live-plucking”).  Feathers also may be collected as they naturally molt (like peacock feathers), or from birds’ nests (like eider down).

So finally, welcome to DIY Roundup 8! If you’re unsure how to link up your tutorial (or finished project), here’s how:

Just click the light blue “Add Your Link” button that appears to the bottom left below.  Follow the instructions in the Inlinkz window, pasting in the URL of your project or tutorial (from your own blog, Facebook page, Flickr account,,, etc).  Don’t forget to write the NAME/DESCRIPTION of your project – like “Bow T-Shirt” or “DIY Lanvin Necklace” – not your own name or your blog’s name!!! You can link up any piece you’ve made or tutorial you’ve written from any time, not just in the last two weeks (though it would be nice if it’s a recent project, just to keep the content fresh).  It’s all about sharing and bringing in more like-minded visitors to your site!

So now you get to share your own DIY’s!  If you have a DIY project or tutorial that you’d like to share, please feel free to link below!  (However you can only link YOUR OWN PROJECT.  Please do not link others’ projects!)

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10 Responses to “DIY Roundup 8 (and DIY Marabou Feather Clutch)”

  1. Your bag looks absolutely gorgeous!! I think feather bags are perfect for parties!

  2. i love this tutorial. i have a white clutch i need to cover. this may be the answer!

    and thanks for your comment on my post.


  3. So much more budget-friendly than the options I've seen at retail. Love it!

  4. That bag with feathers it looks like evil presence and it took my sight on that because of art. Amazing!

  5. Thank you for the tutorial… I'll keep an eye out for a cheapo bag I can try that out on!

  6. Awesome project. Looks very classy and festive.

    I hope to have a DIY to post next week. (Finally!)

  7. Wow, Love your feather clutch. I just added my faux fur clutch DIY link and as I started to check out all others' fab. projects noticed you already had a faux fur clutch there from Short of Something blog. Is it OK?

    Love her version too!

  8. It's so pretty! Thanks so much, I'll be linking to this!

  9. You're very clever! I love this easy design. I have a red marabou boa that I've been holding onto and NOW I know how to use it! A+

  10. Super, super cute! Love this!


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