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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
12 thoughts on “Finished Friday | Mix & Match Clutch Bags”
Your clutches are awesome! I love making purses and bags. The addition of the rounded trim was perfect. I would like to see the outfit you wear with the “edgier” purse.
Thank you! I tend to be a very casual jeans-and-t-shirt kinda gal, and we rarely ever go out to places I consider “fancy”. I do have one thin grey v-neck sweater that has a smattering of silver sequins along the neckline that I reserve for occasions where jeans and t-shirts aren’t appropriate. That, paired with my rarely used black slacks and the skull bag might work out nicely. And/or probably offend everyone nearby. Either way, I suppose I still get to be “me”. LOL!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
Thank you so much! I enjoyed the class and opportunity to learn a new bag style. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting today!
Those are fantastic – love the peeking skull!!
Thank you! I like adding little surprises here and there! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and commenting!!
What great clutches. I love Mirror Ball Dots. Very creative to use the skull fabric. Hope you find a great event to use it at. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF hosted @ Anja Quilts.
Thank you! I have had those Mirror Ball Dots for quite a while, trying to figure out what to do with them. I’m glad I finally found a good project for them. Thank you for hosting the link up this week!
I haven’t made any bags in a long time, and I’ve never made slots like these, so you’ve inspired me. Your bags are so wonderful, and I love the attitude your daughter displayed with the “edgy” bag! That’s priceless!
Thank you! The Craftsy class had the card template for the card slot and I found that to be a brilliant idea. I will use it in other bag patterns too. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!
Hi Christine. Thanks for linking up at WHOOMP! Your Skulls clutch ROCKS!
Thanks so much! I think that clutch is one of my favorite bags so far! Thanks for hosting a fantastic Link Up too!