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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered Clutch Tutorial on: January 09, 2011 12:30:37 PM
Over this winter break I decided I wanted to try writing a tutorial. This tutorial has definitely been done before, but I hope my version will help make this project seem easier to someone! This is the first tutorial I have written so please let me know if there is anything that is unclear and I will try my best to help clarify!

Here is what you will end up with:

First what you need:

    * 4 pieces of fabric 5'' X 6.25''(12.5cm X 16cm) - 2 of the outside fabric, and 2 of the lining fabric
    * 1 piece of fabric (for the strap) 13'' X 2.5'' (35cm X 6cm)
    * 1 Zipper (the one shown is a 7inch zipper, but I cut 1.5'' off the end, don't worry, ill show you below!)
    * Thread (this will show on the outside of the clutch, so pick a colour you like)

Because I had a zipper that was too long, I had to shorten it a bit. To do this start by sewing over the zipper about half a centimeter in from where you will be cutting it. The simply cut off the end you don;t need, in this case about 1.5 inches (or 3.5 cm).  Hopefully you can see this in the second picture below.

Once your zipper is the right size, you will want to sew a little piece of fabric on to each end of the zipper. This will help to make the edges of the zipper look nice and clean once it is all sewed together.

Now that you have a good looking zipper, you want to start sewing the sides of the clutch onto the zipper. First place the liner fabric (right side UP), then place the zipper on top of the liner fabric with the top zipper edge aligned with the top of the liner fabric. Finally place the outer fabric on top of the zipper (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, and aligning the top edges together. Now just pin along the top edge and sew the three layers together. (Remember to use your zipper foot!)

Now flip the pieces of fabric you sewed down to the other side of the zipper, so you can see the bare side of the zipper. Again place the liner under the zipper (right side UP) with the top edge of the zipper aligning with the top edge of the liner fabric. Place the outside fabric (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, the same way you did with the previous side. Now pin the three layers together and sew along the top edge.

Look at how great it is so far! ....Now, flip the fabric you just sewed so the right side is out and the zipper can be seen on the top and the bottom. Once you have done this, pin down the fabric around the zipper, you will be pinning through the outer fabric, the zipper and the lining fabric.

Sew around the edge of the zipper. Make sure you use a colour of thread you like, because this will show (also keep using that zipper foot!).

 Now the clutch is almost ready, but we have to make the strap first. This part is nice and easy. Take your long piece of fabric and fold it in half (right sides TOGETHER) and sew along the edge, creating a tube. Now, turn that tube inside out and iron flat with the seam in the middle.

For this next part make sure you leave the zipper OPEN!!

Pin the pieces of fabric so that the outside fabrics are touching (right sides together), and the lining pieces of fabric are together. Fold the strap in half (with the seam inside the fold) and then slide the strap into the side of the outside fabric section. (the next picutre shows this in more detail). Once it is all pinned together sew around the rectangle you have created, BUT make sure you leave an area open in the lining. The area I left open is marked with the two tall pins. It is also important to make sure you sew over the strap a few times so that it is nice and secure.

This is just a more detailed picture showing how to slide the strap into the outer fabric section.

We are almost done! Now that you have this rectangle all sewed, trim the edges, cut your threads, and flip it inside out through the hole you left in the bottom. You will see you almost have a clutch, but there is still that hole in the bottom.

Pin the whole in the bottom closed so no raw edges show, and then sew it closed! (again, this stitching will show, so pick a colour of thread you like).

Push the lining into the clutch, push out the corners, and sit back and admire your lovely clutch!!

And add a label if you wish Smiley

I hope that this is helpful! Please comment and let me know if anything is unclear. Good luck sewing Smiley

Also, a few more details can be found on my blog: http://asewciallife.blogspot.com/2011/01/zippered-clutch-tutorial.html

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / box spring into new pot rack! on: June 11, 2010 09:21:43 AM
So my roommate had an old box spring where the fabric had molded, and thus couldn't be used.. BUT we realized the wooden base/metal stuff in side was still good. So we kept it in the back yard for a while trying to figure out what we could do with it!

Finally my roommates came up with this beautiful idea of making it into a pot rack! We cut the frame in half (because the whole thing was much to big.. it was a queen!) and then we attached a bunch of hooks to it, and drilled it into the wall... check it out:

in the kitchen:

thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / GAGA BRA!! :) on: February 17, 2010 08:44:10 PM

Ive become a little inspired by lady gaga, and all of her AMAZING clothes just make me want to create!

This is a bra I saw in her Just Dance video, and I fell in love with it!

so here is its, the GAGA BRA! or as my friends have named it: disco boobs!

Just to answer a few questions, here are some details on how it was made/material costs
- I got the bra on sale for $10
- I bought 2 disco balls from the dollar store for $2 (but only used one.. im a 36 C, so anyone bigger then that would need more because i used the wholeeee thing.)
- I used super glue to attach them to the bra, and I used 4 tubes, for $4

The total cost was $16 dollars!  and the super glue works really great! I didn't put any squares under the side arms because i had a feeling that would really start to hurt. Its actually pretty comfortable the way it is, but the bra did become a lot heavier so straps, or a very well fitting strapless bra is key!

some in the making shots

with a shirt

Im going to get a better shirt to wear with it, and I will post the action shots then, I just got so excited to share this!  Hope you enjoy it too Smiley

EDIT, here it is in action:


ps here is the original gaga version:

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / blue snuggle sized quilt! (aka lap quilt) on: October 23, 2009 12:44:58 PM

So I have seen tons of the coin quilts online and they looked too cute not to make!  I loved using the charm packs for the rectangles, because its so easy to just cut them in half and sew!

It is a great couch sized quilt, and adds a nice homie touch to my very student home! haha

anyways, here it is:

the whole thing, being held by my nice friend Smiley

and some outside shots

thanks for looking!! Cheesy

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my first (VERY pink) quilt! on: September 08, 2009 10:51:03 AM
So, this is my first quilt and im so excited about how it turned out! I really like it and its so warm and cozy!

I got the idea from this very awesome tutorial: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-ragged-squares-quilt.html  THANKS crazymomquilts! Smiley

I picked out all the fabric and it took forever to cut into all the squares, but now its finally done and I have a new bed!

check it out:
before i moved, in my old house

it is new matching room!

the back


Here are two more, they are outdoor pics so the colour is more accurate in these!

thanks for looking! Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / boring coveralls to FABULUS coveralls! on: July 11, 2009 01:02:19 PM
so I am a rare kind of engineering student, first off I am a girl, and there aren't that many of us but more importantly I am a GIRLY girl, and there are even less of those!!  Math and science have always been my thing, but so has pink... and i am determined to change the idea that girly means dumb.. because it doesn't!!!!

anyways so at my school in frosh week everyone gets an old coverall suit that they are supposed to decorate and then wear to all the engineering events... i never did mine in 1st year but now im going to help run frosh this year so mine has got to be good.... I came up with this pink number and I love it!



(spelled with math symbols!!)

I really like it, its over the top and fun! I want to add a bit more colour to the front though, not sure how I will but Im sure ill update this if I add anymore pink!

thanks for looking Cheesy
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / TONS of new glass bead bracelets (10pics) on: June 06, 2009 09:33:01 AM
So, I went a little crazy, and just kept making new bracelets this week, but im glad because now i have options!

here they are:
a few together


I hope you enjoyed!
thanks for looking Smiley

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felted art for my wall.. on: May 27, 2009 08:41:06 PM
I made this a few days ago because I wanted something for my walls, i really like how it turned out because it was my first try i didn't know if i would be any good..

anyways, here it is:

thanks for looking! : )
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cutlery holder! (for on the go too!) on: May 26, 2009 05:43:46 PM
So i made this to take my cutlery to and from work because i hate useing the throw away ones! (too much garbage!)  It is also great for storing cutlery in a dorm room!

I used this tute and just changed the dimensions to be for my cutlery: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/09/09/keep-on-rollin/

here it is:

thanks for looking Cheesy
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / crochet metal bracelet! funky on: May 17, 2009 11:20:50 AM
I tried out crochet jewelry for the first time last week, and i thought it looked pretty cool, (but sadly its kind of scratchy, so i have to fix that!)

here is the outcome:

hanging up:

and on my wrist:

I think i will try making more, and just make sure to tuck in all the loose ends so it wont be scratchy, but it was fun at least!
thanks for looking! Cheesy

(and just youtube crochet jewlery if you want to try it, there are tons of video tutorials that helped me!)

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