Posted by: JoAnna | November 7, 2013

Daenerys Costume Part 3: The Dragon Clutch

For my Daenerys costume, I bought a dragon for my shoulder (which stayed on with straps), but I needed somewhere to store my stuff (phone, ID, etc.) when I was out and about.  Then I came up with the brilliant (and maybe crazy!) idea to create a dragon clutch!  This actually turned out to be easier than I thought.

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One of my key purchases was an invisible zipper in the perfect color from this amazing store, Sil Thread, in the garment district that has just about every color zipper under the sun.  That way if my invisible zipper wasn’t sewn perfectly (which it wasn’t, due to my impatience and the fact there wasn’t much dragon fabric to work with), it wouldn’t stand out.

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Materials Used

  • Plush dragon
  • 8″ invisible zipper (ended up shortening this to about —“)
  • Extra pebble suede cloth
Steps
  1. Use a seam ripper to open up the top of a plush dragon
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  2. Resize an invisible zipper to the size of the opening
  3. Create a simple pouch out of fabric (sewing three sides together), more or less to match the opening of the zipper
  4. Remove some of the stuffing from the dragon
  5. Insert the pouch
  6. Pin the zipper to the top
  7. Fold over the top of the pouch, folder over the dragon fabric and place on top of the pouch fabric, then place those fabrics together on top of the zipper and start sewing
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My original plan was to use a chain to create a wrist strap, but due to time constraints, I tied thin black elastic to his feet so I could slide my wrist through, which worked perfectly.

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