Thursday, 1 May 2014

Make it Yours Clutch Bag Competition Entry

Make it Yours Clutch Bag
One of my favourite things about blogging is connecting with other craft bloggers. I've found the whole craftybloggy community to be a very friendly place, full of like minded people all over the world. Visiting other craft blogs is something I try to do every day if I can. 
One blog I love is So Sew Easy where the very talented Deby shares her amazing sewing talent, tips and patterns. She is running a competition which ends on 30th May 2014 to make a clutch bag using her pattern and 'Make it Yours' with embellishments etc. The pattern is free so even if the 30th May has passed when you read this I highly recommend checking it out.
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
I am very happy with my lovely new clutch bag.
First I downloaded Deby's lovely pattern. You can get it from here. It comes with full instructions and I definitely needed them, I've never made a bag like this before!
I used an old scarf that I inherited from my Mum as my starting point.
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
My Mum had loads of scarves, some I wear, some I've Charity shopped and some are waiting for inspiration to strike.

The scarf was sort of chiffonish, very flimsy and see through so I also used some plain bright pink cotton. I had a big piece that I bought about 5 or 6 years ago to use as a table cloth for my daughter's "Legally Blonde" birthday party (everyone dressed in pink, ate pink food, watched the films etc)
I cut the pattern twice from the pink (lining and outside) and once from the scarf (outside 2nd layer)
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
I cut the scarf a bit bigger than the pattern, it was so slippery I thought I would allow in case it slid about a bit. 
I also cut the pattern twice from iron on interfacing which I just ironed onto the pink cotton as per Deby's instructions.
Just working on the outer layer for a bit I tacked the cotton/interfacing to the scarf all over to make it secure.
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
Next I added a little bit of machine embroidery, just over the flowers on the scarf material. I'm not very good at machine embroidery so I kept it very basic!
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
I added a few beads by hand too.
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
Then I just made the bag up following the instructions. (you can see the reverse of my embroidery here on the interfacing side)
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
I loved this method, it really is just like magic. I couldn't for the life of me see how it was going to work, I just did as I was told and then suddenly I turned it out and Ta dah! A fully lined bag - very cool!
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
To hold the flap in place I used big poppers, rather than the magnetic fasteners that Deby recommends, only because that's what I already had. When I make this again (and I will be for sure, probably as presents for my lucky friends!) I will invest in proper fasteners.
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
Make it Yours Clutch Bag
The green on the scarf looks grey here against the pink cotton, in real life it catches the light and is a bit shimmery. Perfect for a going out bag!
When I make this again I will add a little inside pocket of some sort too (the instructions tell you when to do this if you want to) I think that will make it even nicer.
Now I'm looking forward to seeing all the other entries on SoSewEasy.com, I think it will be very inspiring to see how others have made this pattern theirs.

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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

23 comments:

  1. Wow Julie - your bag is breath-taking. It's a great idea to use that chiffon scarf in this way, and the machine embroidery really adds some extra dimension and makes the pattern more distinct. I love it. And your finish is just beautiful - so crisp and perfect. Thanks for sewing and sharing - I hope you've inspired some of your readers to download the pattern and give the bag a try. Deby @ So Sew Easy

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    1. Thank you so much Deby, I'm glad you approve of what I've done with your pattern. I hope others are inspired to give it a go, I know I keep saying it but it really was like magic how it all just turns out at the end.

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  2. wow awesome purse, great idea to use the scarf! Very original!! I was thinking about trying the pattern too but haven't yet, my idea would not be as beautiful I am sure :) If you have time come link up with us this Sunday at our Snickerdoodle Sunday link up (8pm ET Sun - 8pm Tues)

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  3. Wow Julie,
    Love it! What a great idea. Thanks for linking up to my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @ Mamas Blog Central.
    Thanks so much for the well wishes. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Great idea. I have loads of scarves in my wardrobe that need to be upcycled into something like this!

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  5. This is beautiful. I have some scarf material and with your clear instructions I think I could try to do this! Have pinned it so that I can find you again :-)

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  6. A stunning bag. Love the big floral design.

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  7. It's beautiful, and such tricky fabric to use too.

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    1. Ha ha, yes Lucy, I was about half way through when I realised I had made life more difficult for myself than I intended. I even did tacking and I am normally a pin & sew kind of girl! I do love how it's come out though so it was worth a bit of slipping and sliding!

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  8. Oo, that's lovely. Love the fabric too

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  9. I love everything about this bag. The fact that you've used a scarf, the fabric from your stash, machine embroidery (which I think looks fab) and the beads. Thanks also for the link to the bag pattern. I just might have to make myself one :) Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx

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    1. It's a really fun pattern and the instructions are very clear, I'd really recommend giving it a go.

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  10. This is a beautiful bag. I love the way you used your Mom's scarf. And, the machine embroidery embellishment is so nice.

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  11. Wow this bag is so adorable. I'd love to wear something like this one day! I love pink, too. You're so right about blogging! It is so true the amount of people that you are able to meet! Thanks for sharing this awesome creation with us at Countdown in Style!

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  12. How beautiful clutch! Super cute project! I love this! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  13. This is such a beautiful clutch! I wiiiish I could sew! I tried, but still haven't quite gotten the hang of it! You did a great job however! :)

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  14. This is very beautiful!! Thank you for linking up @ Monday Handmade Linkup Party. :)

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  15. When I look at this, I know I need to break out my sewing machine soon enough. I want to learn to create such beautiful things like this. Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style.

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  16. Beautiful!!!!! Love the colors! Pinning!
    XOXO

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  17. Oh my gosh I adore this clutch! It's sooo pretty and you did an amazing job!

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  18. Gorgeous! Amazing work. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursday!

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  19. Stunning, thanks for sharing.

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  20. I love it.That bag is so pretty.

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