My friend is having a birthday and a present is required! I think I have made a rod for my own back with this present giving business. About 90% of the time, I make something. My friends and family don’t expect a homemade gift but I do think that if I can make it, then I will. I think a homemade gift sings of love and the precious commodity of ‘my time’.
Lately, I have made enough Sashiko zip wallets to sink a battleship, so a change was needed (for my sanity alone).
I stumbled across this cute clutch bag pattern by Kylie and the Machine on Instagram. The Ida clutch was exactly what I was looking for.
I have been thinking about the gifts I make and have drawn up a simple criteria:
- an easy make
- only use fabrics/notions/patterns from my stash
The final part to my criteria is using fabric and notions from my stash. I found it, the perfect fabric! The leftover fabric from a raglan sleeve top I made back in August last year.
It’s a Tessuti Fabric that I discovered on the remnant table. It’s a monochrome nylon mesh fabric so it’s very textured as you can see here. A lovely tactical fabric for this clutch, it’s the perfect combo.
As my criteria states that I needed to use what’s on hand, I had to be creative with the interfacing. This is Kylie’s recommendation, a lighter interfacing to cover the outer fabric then a stiffer interfacing to cover the main body of the clutch.
I wouldn’t normally top stitch near the zip but I followed instructions and I am glad I did. The mesh is really ‘bouncy’ and it is not a friend to the iron, so pressing is redundant. The top stitching really helped it to sit flat next to the zip.
I am always apprehensive of using a snap which was a requirement here. I think the ones I have (of unknown source) are fairly poor quality, but I tested them out a couple of times. The fact that I was using such heavy fabric really helped me here. The snaps seemed to worked well and I have to say, they aren’t going anywhere!
Finally for the zip, this is a new addition to the collection at Who Says Sew. It’s a lovely YKK metal teeth zip with ring pull. The colour choice here was my only big decision; yellow, red or wine. I think if it was a clutch for me then I would have gone yellow but as I kept reminding myself, it wasn’t! I went for the wine colour, it still gives it the ‘pop’ I was looking for.
I did have to alter the length of the zip slightly and because it’s a metal zip, a pair of pliers and a little tutorial by Makery was required. I will no longer be afraid of altering a metal zip, it was super easy.
So here it is…
I see many more of these in my future, I may even resort to type and make a Sashiko version. Problem is, I don’t want to give this one away. Let’s hope she really doesn’t like it!