Do you like my new clutch bag?
We had a wide choice of fabric from which to choose. I went for the black and cream flowers as I’d only really use a clutch bag when dressed up, so thought this fabric would be perfect. Others used stripes or more colourful fabrics with flowers on.
The bag is based around rectangles.
I used ready cut pattern pieces to cut the fabric to the right size. It’s the first time I’ve used a pattern since I was at school. I also had to cut lining material and interfacing.
I’ve never used interfacing before and i had to use both iron on and sew in interfacing to strengthen the bag. It’s not that difficult, but before Amy showed me how, I was pretty clueless!
All of the sewing for the bag was sown by machine. We used quite big seam allowances, which made it a lot easier to sew in relatively straight lines!
The bag is held shut by a magnetic clasp – I put two in – one to hold it shut inside and one to shut the bag. They look quite professional and much better than the sewn on clasp I used on my needle case.
I’m quite pleased with my resulting bag. I’m a little bit annoyed that the front / top seam is a bit wonky, but hopefully I’ll notice that more than everyone else will!
I have the pattern pieces and the instructions to help me make another one. I think they would make lovely Christmas presents. I even have some fabric from Vietnam which would be lovely. I need to get a few bits first and need time, which I never seem to have enough of!