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Finished Friday | Mix & Match Clutch Bags

Earlier this week I wrote a review for Mix and Match Clutch Bag Techniques that was posted on Sew Sweetness‘ blog for Craftsy Month. For those of you that read the review and commented, thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I was pretty nervous about the review, so I appreciated you stopping by and reading it! Since the review was focused on the class, I thought I’d write a Finished Friday showing close up pictures of the two bags I made. This clutch pattern is really easy and incredibly versatile.

Pieced Front Clutch with rounded flap

Pieced Front Clutch with rounded flap

The first clutch I made was the pieced front clutch with the rounded flap. I had the perfect bag lock set aside for this one, but I was so focused on following the instructions on the class video that I installed the magnetic snap instead! Thankfully I had purchased some rounded trim when I ordered from Emmaline Bags, so I put that on the flap instead. I think it went well with the Mirror Ball Dot fabric and I’m glad I “messed up” the closure.

Clutch Inside of Mirror Ball

I love the card slots and lipstick pocket inside the bag. If you read the review you’ll know I hinted at poking a hole in my lining. Thankfully I didn’t make a big hole, but it’s enough that I wouldn’t want to give the bag to anyone for fear that any usage may make the hole bigger.

Callie Mirror Dot Clutch

I asked my youngest daughter, Callie, to pose with the bags for me. I made an adjustable strap for each bag, as well as a wrist strap. I’m not sure that I’ll use the wrist strap, but I certainly will use the adjustable strap with the bags. I bought a pretty chain to use on either bag if I wanted to make it look fancy, but this chain likes to grab your hair and eat it up like a dieting Cookie Monster who hasn’t eaten cookies in two weeks. I know there are other chain options available, so I may get a different one. Otherwise, the only time I’ll use the current chain is if my hair is up and far, far away from a hungry chain.

Timeless Treasures Flourish Skull in Metallic

Timeless Treasures Flourish Skull in Metallic

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I adore edgier fabrics. So you won’t be surprised to know that I actually made what’s considered an evening clutch out of skull fabrics. They have glitter on them, so that makes it evening right?! I know, I know… only in my world!

Clutch Inside of Skull

I chose a Kona Cotton for the inside of the bag and used the exterior fabric for the card slots/pocket. I wanted them to stand out and if I would have used the red fabric it would have just faded into the background. I also found some nifty triangle rings on etsy so I used those instead of D-Rings for the straps. I love the way they look so much more than the D-rings too!

Clutch Side of Skull bag

I fussy cut the sides on this bag so that when the bag is open you can see them peeking out at you. When the bag is closed you can barely see them, so it’s a neat little feature I enjoyed adding to the bag.

Callie Skull Clutch

I didn’t have to ask Callie to give me a sassy pose when she was wearing the skull bag. She just put it on, gave me an expression filled with attitude and I snapped the picture. I just love that girl! I loved making these bags and have plans for making a lot more of them. I think they’ll be nice little bags to sell when I finally get my shop up and running.

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Anja of Anja Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
WHOOMP There IT Is hosted by A Quilted Passion
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

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Craftsy Month on Sew Sweetness


Today my review of the Craftsy class Mix and Match Clutch Bag Techniques is posted over at Sew Sweetness and can be found HERE. I had a wonderful time reviewing this class and you can see my finished clutches over on Sara’s blog. I will show pictures of the clutches here in a Finished Friday post later this week.

Note: I received this class for free in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Finished Friday | The Rockstar Bag

I’m so excited to share this finish! I have been wanting to make The Rockstar Bag for a while, so I made sure it was one of the first few bags on my list to make in 2016.

Front of the Rockstar Bag

Front of the Rockstar Bag

My daughter, Callie, wanted a bag so I told her this one was for her. I had her look through my fabric stash and choose the prints. She said she loves text prints, and chose the Graffiti print in black from Our Town designed by Michelle D’Amore for Contempo Studio/Benartex. She chose to stay with the text fabric theme with the lining and chose Sunprint Text in white by Alison Glass for Andover. I suggested that maybe we could have the exterior pocket flap be an accent fabric and pulled out the Edgar print from Nevermore designed by Gillian Fullard/London Portfolio for Michael Miller. She loved the idea of the quill, calligraphy pen and ink pot complementing the script text on the main fabric. I also suggested that we could use the new Glitter Mirror Canvas in white I had purchased from MiKri World Supplies. She said she’s not a big fan of bling, but that the glitter would be understated enough as accents that it would actually compliment the bag. I agreed. I also omitted the rivets on the exterior pocket flap as she repeatedly reminded me that she didn’t “like all the bling, Mom!”. She said she would never use a shoulder strap either, so I omitted that from this pattern as well.

Back of the Rockstar Bag

Back of the Rockstar Bag

I would classify this as an intermediate to advanced pattern. It comes together easily, but the parts I struggled with most were sewing around the tight corners on the sides of the bags. It wasn’t difficult, but definitely required slower sewing. After putting the binding on the inside seams and turning the bag right side out, I realized that I did not sew as close to the piping as I would have liked. I turned the bag inside out again, used my tiny zipper foot and tried to get as close as possible. That ended up giving me an inside seam of over 5/8″ in some areas. I’m not sure why my piping stuck out so far, but next time I’ll reduce the width of the fabric I use to wrap my cord to make the piping. That should bring the piping closer to the seam.

Bottom of the bag is Glitter Mirror Vinyl Canvas

Bottom of the bag is Glitter Mirror Vinyl Canvas

I chose to add some sturdiness to the bottom of the bag by adding some Glitter Mirror Vinyl Canvas over the main print. I like the look of adding contrasting bottoms to bags, and I think it shows the purse feet off nicely. Although it is white, any dirt should wipe off of the vinyl easily. Unfortunately, my repeated turnings of the bag ended up wrinkling the bottom. I am not too worried about it since it is on the bottom!

All the lovely hardware.

All the lovely hardware.

All of the hardware labels are from Emmaline Bags. The d-rings I used are bigger than they should be, so the next bag I make I will be sure to order the right size. Oops! Hopefully it won’t bother my daughter to see the oversized d-rings as much as it bothers me to see them.

Inside. Need to do better!

Inside. Need to do better!

Callie did not want a lot of extra pockets. She told me she would hardly use them. So the only pockets she has are the exterior pocket, the zippered flap of the exterior pocket and the inside zip pocket. I offered to add a slip pocket for her cell phone, but she said no. The exterior pocket and flap both had Annie’s Soft & Stable interfaced to one side. I didn’t like how thick that made the pocket feel so next time I will use some fusible fleece.

Finally in her possession!

Finally in her possession! (And it happens to match her Chucks!)

All in all, I really liked making this bag. I learned a new technique (binding the seam allowances inside), and discovered that I have a lot of work to do to get my piping to look nice. The next time I make this bag I would like to try doing a drop-in lining. We’ll see how that goes!

Linking up with TGIFF hosted by Laura (and Scarlett!) over at Quokka Quilts
and with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


To-Do Tuesday 3-1-16 | Finishing up Bags

Happy Tuesday! How did you enjoy your extra day of the year? I was grateful for it, as I was able to complete my Rockstar Bag in February! I didn’t have time to take good pictures, so I’ll save them for a Finished Friday post. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek…

Sneak peek of the Rockstar Bag

Sneak peek of the Rockstar Bag

Yesterday I received the handles I ordered from China for my February bag of the month, The Window Shopper Tote. I took a picture to show the difference in the handles. You can see that the ones with the screws are going to fit snugly together, whereas the lighter weight ones don’t really align well. I can even feel a difference, as the one with the tabs are much lighter than the others. I am very glad I decided to wait on this order to install the handles. The new ones are slightly smaller, but the stitching outline I sewed onto the bag will still work. Whew!

Difference in oval handles hardware

Difference in oval handles hardware

One super fun thing this week was that I finally received my Tula Pink hardware that I pre-ordered from Pink Door Fabrics way back when these debuted at Fall Market. It was love at first sight! I decided to take a picture of them all together with my treasured squirrel print that I asked Tula Pink to sign when she was at Quiltique in Las Vegas in 2015. It’s all so pretty together!

Tula Pink Gasm

This week I need to install the handles on The Window Shopper tote and take pictures of both that bag and the Rockstar bag for future Finished Friday posts. Also, I will be reviewing a class for Sew Sweetness’ Craftsy Review Month. Every day during this month she will be hosting a post that either she, or another person/blogger, has written reviewing various Craftsy classes. You can see the schedule of reviews as well as links to the reviews HERE. My review of Mix and Match Clutch Bag Techniques by Janelle McKay of Emmaline Bags will be posted on March 23rd. I have been anxiously waiting for March to get here, and other commitments to end, so that I could start this class. I am excited that I will have time to begin the class this week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Take pictures of The Rockstar Bag and write a Finished Friday post
  • Take pictures of The Window Shopper Tote
  • Begin Craftsy class for review post

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