Handmade Fabric Clutches

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I haven’t used a sewing machine since the 8th grade so when I decided to make these clutches I was a little worried my lack of sewing skills would lead to disastrous results. Thankfully, I was wrong to worry. My mom knows her way around a sewing machine much more than I do so she got me started on this project. I decided to make these while searching for homemade Christmas gift ideas. Martha Stewart’s website has many great ideas, including a guide on how to make these beautiful little clutches. I ordered the purse frames from Upstyle on Etsy. The owner is featured in the how-to video on Martha’s site. When the frames arrived in the mail, I made my way to Fabricland to choose the outer fabrics (except the black & white fabric, which I found in the remanent bins at Chintz & Company). All the bags have the same lining. To make these, you also need a heavy weight stabilizer, fusible fleece, and fabric glue that bonds to metal. Your thread should match the lining. If you order the frames through Upstyle, Robin sends detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make the clutches with extra tips that aren’t in the video. I really enjoyed making these and I was pretty pleased with myself when they didn’t end up looking like I sewed them while drunk.

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