Monday, 20 April 2009

Clutch Change...

In my last post I mentioned that I was going to try the above project out of my new book, "Bend the Rules".
I decided to use leftover curtain lining to try out the pattern.

The book uses stretchy cord which I do not have and I am determined to use what I have rather than buy more. So I have used a large loop of thin ribbon into which I had put a knot. Partly to make it a tighter fit around a button, but it can be undone to give more expansion, but the very end knot will also give it something for the user to hold when un-looping the bag open.


I then wanted to come up with my own version so I looked at creating a curved edge to the clutch bag with the idea of making it into a new make-up bag.

The bag is fully lined and I found a large pink button in my button tin.

I then made another version. I used some of the gingham left over from Sophie's curtains, plus a white FQ with butterflies on.


The curved flap when folded down will show some of the lining so this could be made quite plain on the outside and quite a bright flashy lining could be used on the inside.

This is quite a big button, one of a set of three. I bought it last October whilst visiting my Mum. The other two are blue based and green. These buttons caught my eye and as is always the case I decided to buy them with the 'I will use those for something' approach! I really like this button and when I visit my Mum again I hope that the shop will have some more.

I like working with this gingham, it irons nicely, finger creases well and gingham always looks so crisp and fresh. I am certainly going to make some more of these. I have a couple of birthdays coming up and these would be ideal especially as they will need to be posted.

Back at work today and all went well, lovely weather but this cold is still with me. It has gone down to my chest and I spent most of the day trying to catch my breath. So an early night with my book tonight I think.

xx


11 comments:

summersadie said...

They look great!

Lacie Hawkins said...

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Gina said...

Especially like the pink gingham bag. The fabric works really well and the button is just perfect. I've made several of these bags and have never used stretch cord.

madmummy said...

Hi there! I have made several bags like yours (various sizes - washbags / ipod or camera pouch etc) and use hair elastic bands. I buy them cheaply in primark / tesco etc and they usually have varios colours in the pack so you can coordinate with your fabric...
xxx Steph

madmummy said...

reread that and thought should clarify that use the hair elastic in place of the elastic cord!!!

theothermousie said...

Just stumbled across your blog & thought I'd say Hi! Bit new to all this blog business.... Anyway enjoyed reading about the bag, thought it was beautiful & I love gingham too x

April said...

they're lovely!

April xx

Primrose Corner said...

I love what you've done with the cruved gingham one. That's very pretty. Did Sophie claim it?

I didn't use the stretchy cord either.

Kitty said...

I like your bag a whole lot more than the one in the book! It's fabulous, and I agree about the button - just right. x

wonderwoman said...

ah they are brilliant - i especially love the gingham one - just gorgeous.

xx

Fabric and Bags said...

Your little gingham clutch is lovely and the button detail is gorgeous and very pretty.

I have thought about buying this book, do you think it is worth purshasing?

Cheers

Anne x

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