Monday, January 3, 2011

Sewing Clutches for the Ladies~Frugal Mompreneur Tips

Perfect Bridesmaid Gifts!

Clutches for the ladies!!!

 What you need:

1.Fabric- you want something a bit heftier on the outside, and something somewhat durable on the inside. I bought the outside fabric at Jo-Ann’s and just used some leftover fabric that I had from previous makeup bag projects on the inside (hello, recycling!!).

2.Iron on-heavy weight interlining (stabilizer). I found out the hard way how important this stuff is; without it, your purse will feel thin.

3.Magnet buttons

Here’s a step by step:
Step 1: Cut rectangles. Cut both the outer and inner fabrics into approximately 11 inch by 18 inch rectangles. Place the two fabrics facing each other and sew the two long sides and one of the short sides. I used about a 1/4 inch seam.

Step 2: Cut the interlining. Iron on the heavy weight interlining. I wanted some extra heft, so I sewed a layer of interlining on both sides.

Step 3: Starting at the short edge that is sewn, measure about 1/3 of the way down the long edge, and mark it. Along the short edge, measure about 2 to 2.5 inches in, and create a triangle. Sew that line. This is important—it allows for the seam for sewing the sides of the purse- otherwise, the flap folds funny. (I don’t know a better way to describe it.)
Step 4: Turn your purse inside out and iron it. It should look like this:

Step 5: Attaching the magnet button-thingy. This is easy. First, fold the purse in equal thirds. Both sides of the magnets have two prongs. Measure approximately 1.5 to 2 inches from the top of the flap, mark the center, cut two holes into the liner fabric only, and put the magnet in place.

Attach the other side, mark the spot where the prongs hit the fabric. Make two holes in the outside of the fabric and fold the prongs over.
Did that make sense? Make sure that you also measure so you are in the middle of the clutch.

Step 6: Sew the final side short side of the purse. Do this by turning the edges in and ironing them flat before sewing.
Step 7: Turn the bottom part inside out and sew the two sides.

And that’s it.
Here are the insides, as you can tell, they are all a bit different:

 I went somewhere I never go: Forever 21!!! She mentioned some great flower hair accessories there, so I went and snatched up a bunch, cut off the hair elastic, glue gunned them to a safety pin, and added them to the clutches.

I used to make diaper wipe holders from these too! Very Cute!


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