I've spent today teaching myself how to make clutch bags. I'd seen a how to a little while back on The Purl Bee and decided to have a go myself without the instructions as I like to wing it that way sometimes! (maybe I'm a bit lazy and couldn't get on the laptop as J was using it are the other good reasons!) I did hit a snag but it wasn't anything to do with me before you start laughing, the shop I bought the magnetic clasps from had failed to give me the reinforcer's for the back to stop them pulling the fabric to pieces as all the clasps were in bits in trays rather than being sold as sets and they didn't correct me when I walked away with four incomplete sets....grrr! Anyway, I've worked out a way to solve that little hiccup and here are the final results, they're not perfect as they're trial runs but I'm loving the funky fabric and the magnetic clasps are a lot simpler than zips or snaps/poppers.
|small black background clutch with flower and butterfly pattern and pink ricrac|
|inside view of clasp|
|large white background clutch with black and green tree like pattern|
|showing the magnetic clasp|
|I put a pocket/divider in this one|
|the two clutches together|
So I think these will be something else I can have on my stall whenever I get enough stock together to go to a fair. Any thoughts on them? Contemplating beading some of the black versions to pick out some of the flowers and butterflies and make it a bit more glitzy. Not sure whether to make any with a wrist strap or not. I personally don't get on with clutches with these wrist straps and often detach them if I can or stuff them in the main body of the purse otherwise. Have also been thinking of making some with a zip pocket inside, although it is boggling my head a bit trying to work out how to sew it all together with the minimum hand sewing!
For my so far imaginary stall I'm thinking these clutch purses, the zip purses/make-up bags, bunting, shopping bags, fascinators, flower brooches and hair clips and maybe some other things but they're the main things right now.
Other than these two things I've not done much but listen to Imelda May's albums 'Love Tattoo' and 'Mayhem', can highly recommend both, and trying to keep out of the way of my mad cat as she chases pom poms round the house!