Judy was walking around the office with the Cosmetic Clutches pattern in hand praising its cuteness. She was going to make the darling cosmetic clutch, but when I saw it I had to make it so she gave it to me! Wahoo, what a gal! I decided to make the smallest size of three, and the first collections that came to mind were Hampton Hues and Neutral Love II. I LOVE those collections! Lov’em! Lov’em! Lov’em!
So I placed a layer of Soft and Stable between the fabrics I chose for the front and back.
The outside fabric, 6768 Modern Vibes in Almond Shell, was chosen not only because of the palette but for the graphic design. All I had to do was follow existing lines for quilting!
This is a better view of the quilting. It turned out so good! I chose 6756 Getaway Floral in Dark Cream for the inside. I prefer lighter fabrics for the inside of bags because it’s easier to see contents.
Here are all the pieces that have to be cut and prepared for the the clutch. Not many, huh? The side pieces (top left) are cut from the quilted piece above.
Then, lines are drawn in specific places. The two center lines are simply sewn through to make the clutch more bendable and the outer lines are used as guides for the banding on the inside as well as outside.
Outside bands 6760 Trendy Ogee Black… Note the sewn lines to prompt easier folding later.
Below are the side pieces with rounded corners. A thread cone was used to accomplish this task.
The center of a the side piece and the clutch are found and pined. I sewed an 1/8″ seam about 2″ long across the bottom just to secure it.
Then the sides were sewn.
Whoa! That went so well I just moved on to the next side!
Again, a quick stitch at the bottom secured the piece for stitching around the corners. It worked great!
That’s it, believe it or not! Now, I chose not to put closure magnets inside the inner band. My plan is to add handles later. I found some really cute, brown leather handles.
Next… the binding. As it turns out, the binding was quite easy, however, it was a little more challenging to get around the tighter areas like the corners. The Soft and Stable is quite easy to crush and move around so it went well. Don’t hesitate to smash the clutch to do a good job with the binding. You will appreciate the end result!
Here it is before hand sewing down the other side of the binding.