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HIGH OCTANE STYLE

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Courtesy: Threads Magazine

“High Octane Clutch”

Check out my latest quick-to-make project for Threads magazine and create a clutch with clean lines and a contrast zipper like a racing stripe across the body. Available options include detachable wrist or shoulder straps, and an interior divider. You can take this streamlined concept and make it travel with interesting zippers, hardware, and eye-­catching textured fabrics or faux leathers. It’s a great stash-buster project, because you can use fusible interfacing to change the fabric’s hand and weight and make a wide variety of textiles work for this accessory.

The construction is speedy for a few reasons. The bag exterior and lining are each single, folded pieces. threads009The layers are sewn as one unit and finished later, to halve the num­ber of bag elements you make and handle. The finished bags have folds at top and bottom, curved side seams, and 1/2-inch wide seam allowances throughout. The samples shown are 10 inches wide, 7 inches high, and feature a 10-inch exposed zipper. The wrist strap clips onto to the zipper pull or D-rings sewn into the side seams. And for a final boost, the seams are straight or gentle curves, so you can finish this project in record time.

Look for my streamlined steps to make a fast and easy handbag in the Quick-To-Make project in the November 2013 issue of THREADS Magazine (#169) pg. 28-31. (www.threadsmagazine.com)

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