November 7, 2010

Lotus Clutch

Since my Little Clutch went so well, I decided to make another one from the remnants that I bought at the leather store.  Next up was the embossed black leather. 


I pretty much followed the tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home with special guest blogger Cheri from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar.  Love her blog!
Any who, I took my leather and decided how big I wanted the clutch.  This time I wanted it to be more of a daytime one that you could carry around that would hold more stuff.  Although, the bigger the purse, the more crap I accumulate in it!  Or is that just me?!

Nice, this piece even has a hole in it!  I guess I should have unfolded it the whole way before purchasing.  Ah, buyer beware, I guess!

Okay, so here it is cleaned up now.  I still have quite a bit of scraps left and yet, the piece looks just as big.  Hmmm....

You just can't get the full effect of the leather.  Here, I'll take a close up of it.

Leather, now smile pretty for the people!

I think the leather showed too much teeth.  What are you gonna do?

Alright, sorry, I think I might be a little delirious from this project.  It only took me a couple of hours, but man it was a turd to get my sewing machine to cooperate with me tonight.

So, I have my rectangle now.  Next I will crease the leather to make the fold where the bottom is and then one fold for the flap.  Did I confuse you?

Then, I cut the flap so that it would look more like an envelope.  See.....

I took out my fabric stash and chose the one that I liked the most.  I was really digging the Amy Butler "lotus".  So that's what I used.  I just cut a rectangle close to the same size as the clutch.  I then ironed wonder under onto the back of it and then ironed that onto the leather for the lining.

Once I had my lining all ironed on I tried to decide what I wanted to do differently for this clutch.  I really wanted to make ruffles, but couldn't figure out how to make then without it becoming too bulky.  Then I had this idea...what if...well, you never know if you don't try, right?!?!?!

I cut three one inch strips from the leather...

Now I had to figure out how to attach them together to make one long strip without, again, causing it to bulk up.  Hmm....what if....

I butted the two ends together and just zigzagged them together. worked!  Amazing what a sewing machine can accomplish!

Here are my three strips sewn together...they totalled 44 inches which I figured would be a good length.

I then marked every 1 inch on the back of the strip with chalk.  It rubs off so easily...I really love using it instead of disappearing ink or anything else.  Then I began the ruffle making.  I sewed to the first inch mark, then I doubled over and began the sewing again and then once I was finished with that ruffle, I repeated the process until I was completely done with the ruffled strip.  Sorry, no pictures.  It was getting really late and I was pretty delirious by that point.  Must!  Get!  Sleep!

Alrighty!  Bright and sunny eyed I was in the a.m.  I then zigzagged the ruffle strip onto the edge of the flap.

Kinda cute,huh?

Then I just zigzagged across the opening and the sides.

Next I picked one of the buttons that I didn't use for the Little Clutch.  But I really didn't like it all that much black.  It needed to be a little different.

So I whipped out the old spray paint!  Gotta love some spray paint!

See....much better!

Then I took me some good old fashioned fishing line and sewed the button onto the flap.  Love it!  It's clear and pretty darn strong too!

Then I glued on Velcro for the closure.  They are self adhesive, but I like to make sure that they aren't going to go anywhere.

And it is nice and big, but not too big.  You can put your wallet in there, a pair of sunglasses, keys and some lipstick or you could probably put more in it if you needed too!

May I introduce you to the Lotus Clutch.

Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoyed my newest project.

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Go check it out!   There are a ton of projects over there.  Some really talented people out in the blog-o-sphere.


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