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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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10 responses to “HIGH OCTANE STYLE

  1. Looking forward to seeing the article when my Threads magazine arrives.

  2. Claudia

    My ASG neighborhood group has decided to use this design as a project for our next meeting. Some of the gals will be embellishing the fabric in different ways so we will see a variety of designs. Thanks for sharing. Also, loved the Craftsy class!

  3. Should have recognized your work when my Threads arrived last week!

  4. I got a online subscription to Threads just to read this article and see the pattern. This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thank you for the clear instructions and inspiration. Do you think it would be too hard to modify this slightly to use up some leftover leather?

  5. Reblogged this on V Learns Something New and commented:
    I think this may be the inspiration I have been seeking! I am going to try one in fabric first, then maybe I will make one with my leftover leather. Tell me what you think!

  6. Pingback: Just a Little Wild on the Inside | V Learns Something New

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