Rope Clutch Handbag

Hi Friends!

Welcome to July’s Home Depot Gift Challenge. If you’re new around here, the *HDGC is a monthly challenge that a group of creative bloggers  take on. Here are my projects so far…  copper tee handle, industrial pipe  2 x4 shelf, and concrete feather sculptures.

Each month a specific item is chosen from Home Depot, and we all come up with a DIY gift for a chosen recipient. The assigned material for July is natural rope. My task was to create a  gift for a BFF using natural rope.

I am a fan of using rope in home decor, accessories and just about anything.

So, I created a rope clutch handbag perfect for summer and for any BFF.

DIY Rope Clutch by Paper and Fox

I started with natural rope.

Natural Rope

Natural rope is stiff and itchy so I boiled it for a couple of hours in attempt to make it softer.  It worked a little- but it could have used a few more hours of boiling. FYI- It makes your house smell weird.

Boiling Rope

After the rope was done boiling ,I dyed the rope teal.

dye rope

After a couple hours I removed the rope from the dye bath and allowed it to dry in the sun.

dried rope

Using a old frame, I created a DIY weaving loom.  Do you remember making those pot holders in school? I attached strands of teal rope to the loom initially with hot-glue, and later reinforced the strands with nails.


Using  clothesline and  mason twine I started weaving the rope.


weaving rope and thread

I alternated colors of teal natural rope, white clothesline and hot pink mason twine.

woven rope fabric

I folded the woven rope to create a clutch handbag.  I attached the sides with embroidery thread.

attaching sides

square diy rope clutch small

inside purse

Now, for my favorite part of the Home Depot Gift Challenge… Check out how 11 other creative bloggers tackled this challenge.

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16 Responses to Rope Clutch Handbag

  1. freshcrush July 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Umm… so this is AMAZING! You dyed it and everything? Incredible.

    • carmody July 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      I am so glad that you liked it!

  2. Alexis July 15, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    This is so awesome, Carmody! I love that you dyed the rope!

    • carmody July 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      Thanks so much Alexis!

  3. Roxanne July 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    What a great idea, I didn’t know you could soften the rope by boiling it!

  4. shannonchurchill78 July 15, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    Holy smokes, Carmody!! Blown away by your craftiness and I love, love, love the final product!

    • carmody July 17, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      Yeah, I am so happy that you love it!

  5. Lindi July 16, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Holy moly! I would never come up with this!! I LOVE it! What a fabulous DIY!! Amazing. Pinning for later!!

    • carmody July 17, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks so much Lindi!

  6. Emily July 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Such an original idea! Love that you dyed the rope! So amazing!

    • carmody July 17, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      I am glad that you liked it!

  7. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness July 17, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    Ok, this is one of my new favorite rope projects. LOVE! I never would have thought to try this, and good to know about boiling rope!!

    • carmody July 17, 2015 at 9:03 am #

      Thanks so much Amanda. Next time, I would boil it a couple additional hours to make it even softer.

  8. The Domestic Heart July 19, 2015 at 1:57 am #

    This is so so so cool! This caught my eye the minute I saw the image map. So creative!

    • carmody July 20, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      Thank you so much Shelly!

  9. Ruthdiana January 2, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    You are a great DIY’er, I appreciate your roof handbag.The one you made is awesome.

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