I was looking for a fun project, and happened to see Kate over See Kate Sew announce a Sew a long for this little envelope clutch. Now I have a jacket 3/4 cut out for me, my 3 year old just sprang up 2″ and is now wearing high water pants everyday, and I have piles of fabric to get organized–the only logical thing is to join in this clutch sew a long right? Right.
If you have never used a tutorial or pattern from Kate they are really clear and really well suited for those of us who are visual sewers. You can check out a full pattern review for a peplum top I made for Miss M last fall here.
This ended up being a pretty good size, I can tuck my favorite notebook in it for a trip to the coffee shop. I’m considering scaling up the pattern a little bit- it almost fits my small laptop.
Personalizing My Clutch
I almost didn’t bite on this project because honestly, this style of bag is super impractical for me. I almost never leave the house without a 2 and 3 year old. This means I need like a backpack worth of stuff.
So really why not take the impracticality up a notch and add a ribbon. First I sewed up the clutch following the given directions.( I did add top stitching all along the opening and down the front envelope seams.)
Then instead of adding a button a cut a length of ribbon.
I tested out a couple different knots and bows around my button hole and then pinned the ribbon in place while it was tied. Untie your ribbon and sew it in place. I put in an X marks the spot box to reinforce it a little more.
The only thing I would change? I only had light interfacing on hand, so that is what I used. Not my best plan. Between the light cotton and light interfacing I don’t really have any structure to the bag.
I’m going to add my pictures to the Flickr group, hop over to see what everyone else has been sewing up. Are you sewing a long?
Happy Sewing, Rachel