Since I began sewing a few years ago, patterns scurrrrred me. It wasn't until I began my job at the locally owned fabric store that I work at that I was able to get up enough courage to sew something from a pattern.
SO, this Summer I have deemed the Summer of sewing patterns!
And guess what? I have some fun giveaways (with designers!!), guest posts, and other cool stuff lined up all about sewing patterns!
We announced the Sew Along pattern LAST WEEK. Are you joining us?!HERE to see other posts)
Hi there! I'm Elizabeth from Sew Chatty It's so nice to meet you! I'm really excited to be visiting with you today!
I definitely agree with Caroline that when you are new to the world of sewing, patterns can seem intimidating, but don't stress! They are a lot easier to follow than you think!
Bags and clutches are among my favorite things to sew and today I am sharing one of my very favorite patterns with you!
This is the Strap Clutch from Michelle Patterns! Such a classy and unique shape. I love making this bag!
I used a sturdy canvas for the bag body and a fun Joel Dewberry Heirloom print called Blossom in Amethyst as the main fabric. The lining is Kona cotton in plumb. I would say that the only really tricky part of this clutch is the closure. That little rectangle that the strap slips through was a process, but I survived and you will too!
Prior to making this bag, I had never sewed my corners like this, but I love how it looks and have used this technique on several bags since. So crisp and clean and pretty!
The Strap Clutch holds a lot too! There is a divided interior pocket that is the perfect size for your phone, a pen, and a lip gloss...all your essentials if you ask me! It's also large enough to hold your iPad, Kindle or other tablet. If that's what you'll be using yours for, add some extra batting for protection.
It would consider this an advanced beginner/intermediate sewing pattern. While there is no zipper involved there are a few new techniques to learn that go beyond straight line sewing. This clutch takes about 3 hours total which includes your prep and sewing time.
Want to make the Strap Clutch??? You can purchase the pattern on my blog! Just click on the Michelle Patterns button on the top of my sidebar!
Love the clutch, but don't want to make it? Well you're in luck because I'm giving this one away to one of Caroline's awesome readers!
Thanks so much for having me over! Have a happy day!