Saturday, August 6, 2011

evening clutch - the tute

Thank you for all the kind comments about 
that I showed yesterday!!

As promised, here's the tutorial:

... but first, could you please go and click the "like' button on the Facebook contest... 
- "like" the Wholeport FB page 
- and then click  this link of the Creativity Expo and like my picture... easy as that! ♥ thank you! 

I used few pieces of scraps satin leftover from a tablecloth that I made about... 20 years ago ?!
(time flies when you're having fun, ahaha!!)
What is wrong with me that this pieces of leftovers where still in my stash?
You never know - that's my motto ;)  

--> Measurements & supplies:

(Because I used the United Airlines pouch as a liner, I had to cut the fabric for my clutch based on its measurements, also the fabric I used is pretty thick and didn't need any backing)

- for the base clutch:
  1 rectangular  8-1/2" x 11-1/2"
- for the bow:
  2 rectangular 5-1/2" x 14-1/4"
  1 rectangular 5" x 11" (can be much shorter than 11", but I cut it that long and chopped off at the end)
  1 odd shaped pointed (see picture)

--> How to:

* for the first row of the rosette trim, pin and sew the tulle part of the trim to the top edge of the fabric and cut it at the end of the fabric
* for all the next rows: lay the next row of trim with the rosettes on top of the previous row front part over front, pin and sew on the edge of the rosettes (so you won't have much gap between each rows of trim)
* once you have sewn the last tulle edge, fold inside out and sew only one side of the 'soon to be' clutch

--> Now, the bow

* sew the two rectangular pieces with only on the longer sides and turn right side out and press
* fold both flaps leaving a gap in the middle (so you won't have too much bulk) a sew with a long stitch, just to keep it in place
* with the part that doesn't have the gap, make some "accordion like folds" and hand stitch few stitches to keep it from unfold
* fold in half the odd shaped 'arrow' piece of fabric, leaving the smallest part open, cut the two corners and turn right side out, pushing the corners out as much as you can to have a nice pointy tie looking thingy
* make a fold in the middle, placing your bow-to-be on top to make sure of the length you want to have for this tie piece, once you're happy, give it few stitches to keep it in place, cut off the extra fabric, and stitch it also to the back of the 'accordion'
* the 5"x11" rectangular piece needs to be folded as in the last picture, and pressed, once done the width is 1-3/4"
* now, wrap around the accordion the piece with the folds, and keep it as tight as possible, pin and give it few stitches in the back to secure it to the rest of the bow

--> Finishing the clutch

For some reasons, some pictures got deleted and you have to bare with me and work your imagination :( sorry about that... this is the result of making things late at night :(

* place your bow next to the clutch, and see where the long extras of the folded part in the middle should be, make a sign
* sew the other side of the clutch (always inside out, don't forget that!! ah!!) leaving the 1-3/4" opening where you want the bow to "stick inside"
* place and pin tightly the bow inside the opening and sew it slowly (there should be a lot of bulkiness, so be kind to your sewing machine!!)
* cut the excess and flip the clutch right sides out!!

...almost done!

Slip inside the United airlines pouch and hand sew it around the zipper ( I placed the zipper puller in a way that, when it's closed, will hide behind the bow)

You're right! the zipper of that pouch is lime green! Not what i wanted for my evening-chic-fancy clutch!
Just look in your make-up cabinet, and i'm sure you'll find a good matching nail polish!!!
Paint over the zipper edge, and the plastic parts, and move the zipper up and down while it's drying !
I LOVE DIY and figure out at midnight how to have a quick fix!!! 

Anyway, it's finished and fit all the "party essentials" :) 

Thanks for stopping by and try to understand my mumbo-jumbo crafting lingo, I hope that my tutorial was not too confusing !

xox, d.

will *<:) party here!
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