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Topic: Clutch for a night out - my first real purse!  (Read 1245 times)
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« on: April 20, 2010 06:47:00 PM »

So my boyfriend, being the wonderful man he is, bought us tickets to go see Mary Poppins at the theater. We NEVER go out (he has a kid, and his own law office, and student loans, so I don't complain too much). So I had to buy a new outfit to wear.

Dress, check.
Shoes, check.
Jewelry, check.
Purse...... not check.

It has been next to impossible to find the perfect little clutch for a night out on the town. I wanted it to match the lavender ribbon around the aqua blue dress, and finding something on a student's budget was hard.

So I pulled my sewing machine out of the closet and set myself to make a purse. A real purse. Not just a "fold the fabric over and sew it up" kinda purse. This one needed to be nice, and able to stand on its own.

I've never used a pattern for anything, they drive me crazy, so I just made it up as I went. The outside bow was hot glued on, as well at the lining (I couldn't figure out how to sew it in!!). I used this special batting that the woman at Hobby Lobby showed me to make it stand up-- I'm calling it batting cause I don't have a better word for it.

Sorry for the pictures. I took them with my web cam.

I'm thinking about adding a little pearl handle to the top just for some added grip. C and C welcome and wanted!
« Last Edit: April 20, 2010 07:13:29 PM by ValiantSeraphim » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010 02:55:13 AM »

Great job Grin  For someone who says she didn't know what she was doing, I think you did very well indeed!

- Jenny
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010 06:34:43 AM »

Looks great!

« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010 10:10:35 PM »

Thanks to both of you for the comments! I'm super exited to carry this around.

I wonder if anyone has any suggestions about how to make a little wallet or lipstick case to carry around inside. I have A LOT of left over fabric.
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010 01:35:49 AM »

Check out the list of tutorials on here:

There's bound to be something to suit Smiley

If you're still quite new to making purses and bags, I recommend you start out with a little zippered pouch. This is the tutorial I learned from myself and I think it's excellent for a beginner:

Have fun!

- Jenny
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010 01:02:05 PM »

So cute!  You did great!

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