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 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!