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The blog of designer-maker Laura Thompson who specializes in fibre art, including art dolls, bowls, art journals and artful clothing.  Creativity, kindness, understanding and patience. 

 

 

Simple Clutch Purse

I love tote bags and purses. Over the years have made many because it feels good to use a stylish bag for books, groceries or whatever I need to take along while I'm out and about. When it comes to purses, I prefer things small and simple. Whenever I use a big bag it usually get overloaded with things I rarely use. Things like that empty bottle of hand sanitizer, shopping lists from last year, that funny card I bought but forgot to send, loose change and . . . . I think you know what I mean.  But small purses are delightful. They're easier to carry and more practical because it forces me to carefully consider what I need to take and use, rather than a lot of extras that simply become a burden to lug around. I recently came across a cute clutch pattern from Quilting Arts magazine. I enlarged the Blue Evening Bag pattern by 300%, but did my own thing for embellishing and finishing. 

I love tote bags and purses. Over the years have made many because it feels good to use a stylish bag for books, groceries or whatever I need to take along while I'm out and about. When it comes to purses, I prefer things small and simple. Whenever I use a big bag it usually get overloaded with things I rarely use. Things like that empty bottle of hand sanitizer, shopping lists from last year, that funny card I bought but forgot to send, loose change and . . . . I think you know what I mean.  But small purses are delightful. They're easier to carry and more practical because it forces me to carefully consider what I need to take and use, rather than a lot of extras that simply become a burden to lug around.

I recently came across a cute clutch pattern from Quilting Arts magazine. I enlarged the Blue Evening Bag pattern by 300%, but did my own thing for embellishing and finishing. 

 
. I used silver dupioni silk from my stash which I backed with medium weight, iron-on interfacing.

. I used silver dupioni silk from my stash which I backed with medium weight, iron-on interfacing.

. At irregular intervals, stitch vertical rows across the silk to add visual interest and to keep the silk and interfacing from separating . Select a lining fabric - I chose a fun polka dot cotton . Trace the purse pattern onto both the silk and lining with a water soluble pen. 

. At irregular intervals, stitch vertical rows across the silk to add visual interest and to keep the silk and interfacing from separating
. Select a lining fabric - I chose a fun polka dot cotton
. Trace the purse pattern onto both the silk and lining with a water soluble pen. 

. Find an interesting piece of fabric to use as a decorative element on the flap of the purse. I keep all my offcuts from previous projects. Here are a few from my stash.

. Find an interesting piece of fabric to use as a decorative element on the flap of the purse. I keep all my offcuts from previous projects. Here are a few from my stash.

. These are the pieces I chose

. These are the pieces I chose

. Draw a shape (I chose a heart) on the back of the offcut and  . . . 

. Draw a shape (I chose a heart) on the back of the offcut and  . . . 

. . .  stitch around the shape 2 or 3 times. I like to use my free motion foot for a less than perfect look

. . .  stitch around the shape 2 or 3 times. I like to use my free motion foot for a less than perfect look

. Here are the heart shapes viewed from the front

. Here are the heart shapes viewed from the front

. Cut out the shape just beyond the rows of stitching

. Cut out the shape just beyond the rows of stitching

. Stitch the heart to the front of the flap . Fold the clutch along the bottom, right sides together, and stitch the side seams; trim and clip as needed . Similarly sew the side seams of the lining . Sew the lining to the silk along the front and flap edges of the purse (refer to the pattern for detailed instructions)

. Stitch the heart to the front of the flap
. Fold the clutch along the bottom, right sides together, and stitch the side seams; trim and clip as needed
. Similarly sew the side seams of the lining
. Sew the lining to the silk along the front and flap edges of the purse (refer to the pattern for detailed instructions)

. Add a few beads for fun!

. Add a few beads for fun!

. After the purse was done I decided to add a magnetic closure. If you've never used them, do give it a try. They're fast and easy - no sewing, just two little holes and attach the backing!

. After the purse was done I decided to add a magnetic closure. If you've never used them, do give it a try. They're fast and easy - no sewing, just two little holes and attach the backing!