Thursday, December 20, 2012
Don't you guys just love clutches? Little fabric clutches for your essentials are a must! Always trendy, always fun, and fast to make. If you are running around looking for last minute gift ideas, I recommend making a little clutch for the she-she in your life.
I just recently made Kristin's, from Skirt as Top, Foldover Doily Clutch. It's a zippered clutch, but she walks you through adding the zipper (if you're scared) and it's so easy, you will wonder why you never did zippers! I promise you, they are just like sewing normal seams! Mine is a little fun ikat version that uses Amy Butler's Midnight Kasbah Blue fabric. I wanted to keep it terribly! Especially since it matched these shorts!
Then, just recently I attended a Favorite Things Party where you bring 4 of your favorite things and by the end of the party you end up with 4 different favorite things that other people brought. My favorite things are "fabric and thread" but instead of just giving those items "raw" and risk them falling to those who do not sew, I just used my items and made 4 clutches to give out. I think they were well received.
I'm going to go through some quick little changes of how you could customize some little Foldover Clutches.
CUTTING: All versions, cut 14'' x 10 '' twice. You will need a lining fabric and an exterior fabric. One of those should be a heavier weight fabric (home dec, canvas, denim) to give it some sturdiness. If using two very lightweight fabrics, use a piece of heavyweight interfacing between the layers. If doing the lace verision cut one piece of lace 10 x 14'', as well.
This section will walk you through the basic construction of making the clutch, but it also shows how to add the lace overlay. After fabric is cut. Place lace piece over your exterior fabric and keep these two fabrics together. You could baste them if you feel like they are moving all over the place. Turn your exterior fabric and your lining fabric right sides together and pin around the exterior. Your lace piece should be in the middle.
If you would like to make the ribbon closure tie, you will need to make two button holes, wide enough for your ribbon to fit through.
Tie in a bow and TA-DA! You've got a cute little bow clutch!
To make curved edges for your uppper flap, follow these steps before you sew your interior and exterior fabrics right sides together. Grab something with a rounded edge like a bowl or a coaster. Trace around it on both upper corners with a pen or chalk and cut. As you sew, sew around this curved seam.
And there you have a couple different ways to customize the typical foldover non-zip clutch! They are quick and easy. I made all 4 of these super fast, which is probably why my sewing was a bit sloppy, ha!
Happy sewing makes a happy heart! Enjoy!
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