This is the same clutch I've been making a bunch of. It's addapted from a tutorial by stacysaurus on craftster.org. Of course I never really read tutorials I just kind of look at bags and try to figure out how they are constructed. So my version isn't quite as nice and formal looking as her's but I like it anyway. You can actually carry a lot in these bags. I was carrying the hedgehog one all this weekend and managed to fit my overstuffed wallet, phone, sunglasses and tons of keys in it just fine.
This is the button/snap closure. This button was the extra button from a sweater I got at Anthropology. I think the fact that the sweater came with an extra one of these buttons really influenced me a little more than it should have to buy it. It's ok, it was on sale. The button kind of matches the lining fabric too which is yellow.
Here is a close up of the fabric. Don't they just look so happy.
Finally the actual purse. I always forget that the pictures on blogger load backwards so these are kind of out of order.
I bought the fabric at this purse at the Cotton Shop in Redondo Beach for I think only two or three dollars a yard. It was on sale because their stuff normally is pretty expensive. Anyway, I was going to make a circle skirt out of it. The last time I made a circle skirt I used some random tutorial I found on the web because craftster was down but this time used the circle skirt tutorial on craftster.org. Either that tutorial is written wrong or I am very bad a reading directions (it's probably the later) because I ended up making the waist twice as big as it should be. When you make a circle skirt you cut a hole in the center of the fabric that should have the radius of your waist. Instead I cut a hole that had the radius of twice my waist. I think I forgot to divide by two somewhere.
So I kind of fixed the skirt with a ton of pleats but I was left with this giant circle of scrap fabric. I decided to cut the circle in half and pleat it and it ended up looking kind of like a hobo bag.
Here is a close up of the fabrics. Little plum blossoms.
And the button sewn over the snap closure. This one was really cool. A giant oversized shell button from my grandma's button box.
Ever since I bought my sewing machine I've been afraid of zippers. I guess it's because one of my good friends who is a really great sewer and has been sewing forever hates putting in zippers and the fact that the sewing machine comes with a separate "zipper foot." It just sounds intimidating. I had bought all these really cheep crazy colored zippers at the Marukai 98cent store though and wanted to use them. I decided to try it with some random scrap fabric and it really wasn't so bad. I didn't even use the zipper foot. I can see how it might be helpful though because the sewing machine foot didn't want to get a close to the zipper as I would have liked.
This is what I made with random bits of scrap fabric (polka dots, owls and kittys). It makes a good pencil case. The zipper is a little bit wonky but it was my first zipper.
Here are the kittys on the inside.
The other thing I had been meaning to try was machine applique. I used to hand sew a lot of little pouches out of felt with felt animals sewn on. It was easy since felt doesn't unravel I didn't need to quilt it or anything. I could just hand sew them on. My mom had suggested machine applique to me because she had done a ton of it when I was little to make me this fabric baby book that taught you how to button and zip and lace things. For this whale I ironed fusible interfacing onto the blue fabric and cut out the shape of the whale. Then I pinned it down and zigzaged around the outside. I probably should have chosen an easier shape like say a circle for my first machine applique but it turned out pretty well. Then I hand embroidered the mouth, eye and little spout that you can't really see.