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.
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