Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gathered Clutches

A few months ago, I purchased the Gathered Clutch pattern from Anna of Noodlehead. Similar to the Buttercup Bag pattern I used here, the purchase of the pattern includes a limited commercial license to sell what you make with it. This is great for people like me who have good sewing skills, but aren't great designers. Someone else thinks up something cute and I can make it and sell it.

Gathered Clutches

I'm adding these three to my art sale inventory. The pattern was really easy to follow. The only thing I thought was strange was that she has you sew that front band as a tube (RST and then turn), press it flat and then sew it on the gathered front. I didn't see why that was necessary. I pressed the long edges under and sewed it on that way.

Gathered Clutches

The inside of the clutch has a divider and two credit card pockets.

Gathered Clutches

The overall size is about 8.5" x 5". As far as a handbag goes, the clutch has never appealed to me. I wear a cross-body bag because I need to have my hands free. A clutch requires the use of one hand almost all the time. I guess some do master holding it under their arm, but that seems tricky. So, I don't really see these replacing a purse, but it does seem like a great thing for when you need more than just your wallet, but less than the whole purse. Like when you are hauling a big diaper bag and don't want to have a separate purse. Or a tote bag on a day trip. You get the idea? This will accommodate the necessities, but won't take up a lot of space.

Gathered Clutches

The back of the clutch is plain. (This is my favorite fabric in the three I made. It is also from Heidi and while I would love to have it centered top to bottom, it was already cut the exact width I needed).

Gathered Clutches

I love choosing fabrics for these type of projects. It's a different sort of process than choosing fabrics for garment sewing. It takes me awhile to consider all the different color and print possibilities, but that is part of the fun. I love my stash!

6 comments:

  1. These are really cute and you make great fabric choices. I like the gathering detail,it gives it a stylish look.

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  2. These are great! I'm thinking that they may be a great option when travelling. They could easily fit in the carry-on or your laptop bag.

    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com

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  3. Super cute. You always do an excellent job of picking fabric combinations.

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  4. The gathered clutches are adorable, and I love the idea of credit/debit card holders inside!

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  5. I know my college age daughter would love those clutches. I use them all time in tote bags when I am traveling. Your fabric choices are great!

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  6. I love my clutch! Thank you so much for sending it! The only thing I might suggest would be to make the zipper at the top go from the ends rather than starting a little ways in. Otherwise it's great, and I LOVE the fabric combo! You've got the artistic eye!

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