Keyka Lou Clutch Handbag

This looks very suspicious to me…particularly since my sewing machine conked out on Sunday! Had a fit is more like it – threw a part and grew a bulge in the housing! So weird. Actually, I take very good care of my sewing machines. I think that sewing on a very basic machine for 6 – 8 hours a day pretty much explains its demise 🙂 It was worn out.

What is a sewist to do? Why, order a new machine of course! It’s coming today, a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. Super excited. It has lots of stitches and gadgets and things for me to explore 🙂 And I expect it will last a bit longer than my last machine.

Meanwhile…a project for Priss the IKEA SY- the Keyka Lou clutch with inset zipper! I downloaded the pattern and purchased the colorful set of 12″ zippers from Pink Chalk.

This is a fun project that uses almost no fabric. The pattern actually includes templates for two sizes:
Clutch: 11″ wide x 6.75″ high (28cm x 17cm)
Pouch: 8″ wide x 5″ high (20cm x 13cm)
I opted for the clutch, they are so ‘in’ right now! Here is the shell, with the zipper inserted,

Kanji Keepsake Calico, JoAnns
Shelburne Calico Gardens. red dot, Windham Fabrics

And the lining. I added a cell phone and miscellaneous pocket to one side. Got to have these!

American Jane Petit Poulet Stripe, Moda Fabrics

I used Pellon 808 Craft Fuse interfacing on the shell pieces, and a sewed a linen blend interlining on the lining pieces. The goal was to have a bag that doesn’t flop when it’s clutched or opened – my combination worked out perfectly!

A peek inside – and you can see how the zipper is inset about 1 1/2″. I think this looks very smart…

Love my new clutch! This might be a nice holiday gift item…
Bye for now, I’m going outside to flag down any UPS truck I see – Coco!

I love a package – Zippers

I might as well be in a candy shop – look at these zippers! Twelve 12″ zippers in such beautiful colors! Not sure if I should sew them or just hang them on a string an look at them…

They came today from Pink Chalk Fabrics, only $9.95 for 12! (Love the store, the blog, the newsletter). And they really do go with something.

I’ve been feeling crafty – and I blame it on Svetlana. Her small quilted and pieced projects on s.o.t.a.k. homemade are so beautiful. Well, her quilts are beyond beautiful. I like to go and just look once in a while.

Anyway, I love to make bags and purses and pouches. She has done some really pretty ones. And lately it seems everyone (movie stars, royalty, tinkerbell…) is carrying a clutch purse. So…I’m going to make some!

Pink Chalk has a great downloadable pattern from Keyka Lou, $8.

Looks are deceiving – the large one is just shy of 12″ x 7″! And the smaller one is 8″ x 5″. Love it that you get both sizes in the pattern.

And the really nice touch (what makes this a clutch, not a cosmetic bag), the inset zipper. I’ve never sewn an inset zipper, am happy to have a pattern at last.

So I’ve actually been saving even the small scraps of all the cottons I’ve been sewing this summer, and I have a bunch from quilts and craft projects. Sometimes I need a break from sewing garments and just want to fool around with something. This should be perfect!

Ciao! Coco