Not wanting to forget everything I’d learned in my pillow making class, I borrowed a friend’s sewing machine over the weekend and dived right into my second I-made-this!-with-a-sewing-machine! project. I cursed, I almost cried, and I pricked my finger more than a few times – but 3 hours (yes, really) and a few YouTube videos later, I made this fold over clutch, inspired by Liz at Say Yes to Hoboken:
Maybe it’s because I don’t know what I’m doing (this is likely the case), but Liz’s tutorial measurements weren’t matching up in my head – she used a 16″ zipper, but cut her pieces to 12″x13.” I think she had to have used a smaller zipper to use such small fabric measurements (right? But then again, what do I know?), but because I couldn’t wrap my head around those numbers, I made up my own measurements based on what I learned in Tuesday’s sewing class. (On a side note, Liz’s clutch is perfection, so I’m thinking my math is just off somewhere.)
First things first: A tutorial this is not, but I will tell you that I used a 14″ zipper, and I cut my pieces to 16″x17.” This allowed an extra inch on each side for my pins and plenty of slack so that I could pin far enough out, preventing visible puncture wounds to my fabric – a tip that was recommended in the comments of Hoboken’s tutorial.
I used upholstery vinyl that I picked up from JoAnn’s (at 50% off with a coupon, yes!), and I ironed on interface to the inside per Liz’s tutorial. I thought about adding a fun, vibrant lining, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself since this was only our second date. Plus, I could just imagine how heartbroken I’d be if I tried to sew 4 layers of thick fabric and wound up with a broken machine. (Does that happen? I don’t know.)
In any case, I will admit that I’m kind of hooked. Sewing is fun! My fold over clutch is far from perfect, but it’s thick, sturdy and if you don’t look too close, it’s pretty, too.
So, what else can I sew?! What are you sewing? Let’s sew stuff!