On-the-Go Mini Clutch (sewing)

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I was inspired by a tutorial offered by sew4home. I write inspired because the clutch I made does not really look like theirs. Still, I started with their idea. You can find the tutorial here.

As I made it as a gift for my father, I chose a robust material—jeans. I also added a zipper to ensure the content will remain inside when he goes biking or fishing. I would not want him to loose his keys in a river…

Everything come from old clothes, including the metal pieces that were attached to the navy twill tape (they were sewn on a child overalls) .

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Using Old Pants (and its Pocket) to Line a Clutch

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

As I said in my previous post, I made scarves and clutches for my mother’s birthday. This post is about the second set, in pale green and white.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

The clutch was made exactly as I made my White Clutch, some time ago. Just as before, I added little beaded flowers, but in reverse colors.

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For the lining, I used old pants and took advantage of an already sewn back pocket. There was not enough fabric around the pocket to cut the whole lining piece, so I simply cut around it.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Below are all the pieces I needed to make the clutch: two rectangles for the outside, two rectangles for the inside and the pocket.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

I ironed the sides of the pocket, toward the back.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

I positioned the pocket in the centre of the rectangle.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

I sew along the two sides of the pocket.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

If there is enough fabric around the pocket, you simply cut your rectangle. In the following picture, I folded back the flap, ironed it into place, cut the excess and removed the velcro with a seam riper.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

And voilà, you have a pocket in your clutch that did not require much work.

Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

My pdf tutorial to make such a clutch can be found here, with the added information about using old pants (and its pocket) to line the clutch.

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Scarves and Clutches, for my Mother and for Myself

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For my mother’s birthday, I decided to make scarves and clutches. One set is the subject of this post. In fact, I made two sets–one for my mother and one for myself. To make those, I used a long skirt I have made a few years ago. I was not wearing it much and the fabric makes fabulous scarves and bags. They certainly add glamour to a pair of jeans.

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The scarves were simply hemmed. I folded the edges twice, ironed and sew with a straight stitch.

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I made the clutches exactly the same way I did my White Clutch. You can find my tutorial to make this clutch here. I added three wooden beads on each side of the zipper. My beads are the perfect match for the zippers’ color.

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For the lining, I used fabric from old pants. The back pocket of the pants is now an inside pocket of a bag.

Scarves and clutch, for my mother and for myself - francenadeau.com

I cut away the flap and removed the velcro with a seam ripper. Making a pocket could not be easier.

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Green Clutch and Scarf

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I have made an other clutch. And a scarf. I just love making those accessories. They are a copy of the pink clutch and the pink scarf I have already told you about.

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I have used a light green fabric featuring white embroidery. A light polyester perfectly suitable for a summer day. A light green that has some yellow in it and that is quite hard to photography, I must say.

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I like to have coordinated accessories. I guess I am a little on the old-fashion side.

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Contrary to the pink scarf, for which I folded the edges and sew them with a straight stitch, I sew the edges with a tight zigzag. But, as for the pink scarf, I sew a few beads at the corners to add some texture.

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I lined the clutch with white cotton. This polyester being quite flimsy, I have inserted cotton batting (for quilting) between the inside fabric and the outside fabric. The clutch would have been too pliable without it.

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I made a little wristlet for the clutch with cotton yarn. And added a few flowers with tiny shiny beads. To make this clutch, I followed my own tutorial for a white clutch that I have written some time ago. You can find the tutorial here.

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