It's wedding season!! So in my last post I blogged about my shoes for the upcoming wedding. I also started making clutches. I actually have made about 15 of these lately, but I think this is the one I will take for the wedding night (not sure which one yet I will take for rehearsal)
I ended up using the wrong side of a silky print, plain black as it had just the bit of texture (and I didn't end up wanting the shiny) for the outside and a silky print multi-color feather print for the inside. Obviously with the flap up you see the pop of color, but when closed, all you see is a barely there hint of color.
This clutch is an easy, afternoon project. I'm including a tutorial for it - although I took process pics with a different set of fabrics. I also ended up adding a magnet closure to the evening clutches, and I had not to the day clutches. It stayed closed fairly well even without the magnet, so either way should work.
- (2) coordinating fabrics. Minimum is 10.5"x18", although I had a larger swatch of fabric so I ended up adding an optional pocket for the inside.
- firm, iron-on stabilizer (I used decor-bond)
- thick craft backing (honestly, I no longer have any idea what this actually is. I bought it next to the stabilizer, but it is thick - like 1/8th inch thick. It is fusible on one side, but I didn't use that property.)
Turn right-side out through the opening, press with iron, turn in the 3" opening and press. I didn't sew this separate (although you could), instead I pinned to the inside layer of clutch and sewed three sides (sewing closed the opening).
To get this to work out correctly, I centered pocket about 9" from the bottom. Be sure one of the sewn edges is towards the top of the clutch so the pocket top will have a finished edge. Attach sewing only the three sides to be sure you have a pocket and not just a swatch of color when you are done :)
Take the bottom of the clutch and fold onto itself until just below the angle of the flap. Pin in place.
Sew (I used my walking foot - typically for quilting - as it handles bulkier items better). I used about 1/8" seam on all sides except for the bottom fold. Be sure to backstitch a few times on the points most prone to pulled stitches - where the bottom meets the top.
Iron one more time and you're all set!!
Carry with flap out or flap tucked in...Endless color combos...I'm addicted - of course!
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