I was inspired. Her name was Emersonmade. I give her credit for this recent expression of my domestic creativity. Thank you Emerson. Side credit: Ali Foster.
As you may have guessed, this is the first one I attempted - the stitching is a little loose and the front flap is definitely lopsided - but it works great for me. I love the outside fabric and the inside is a gentle gray that matches the outside pattern. I found both at a fantastic vintage fabric shoppe in St. Anthony called Crafty Planet.
This one I made with leftover linen lining from a dress I made last summer and a ribbon I found in my favorite shoppe in Stillwater, MN - Rose Mille. This store has beautiful vintage thread, ribbon, and buttons.
What you'll need:
Four sheets of paper - to print the pattern on
Sewing Machine and thread - I used my mother's
1/2 yard of cotton fabric - for the outside
1/2 yard of cotton fabric - for the lining
Magnetic clasps - found at JoAnn Fabrics or other craft store.
Decorations - ribbons, fabric flowers, buttons, etc.
Follow the instructions on Ali Foster's Basic Clutch Pattern. Be sure to consult a sewing dictionary if you do not understand all the sewing terms, although its pretty easy to figure out. Let me know if you have any questions and we can collaborate to find a solution. I found that the best part was adding the ribbon or embroidering my friend's initials on it - it felt relaxing and industrious. This particular pattern does not have a front flap that meets the bottom edge of the clutch, I ended up experimenting with it to create one that does.