Friday, September 10, 2010

Gathered Clutch - Take #1

It's been a busy work week for me, but I did get one thing accomplished in the sewing department.  Well, two, if you count basting my practice quilt together for the free-motion quilt along, cleaning and oiling my Juki, aka Jane, and practicing a little FMQ to make sure the settings are okay.  Maybe that's two, three, and four.

Anyway, this little gathered clutch came together the other night.  I used the by-now-famous Noodlehead tutorial, which was excellent.

I will do a little tweaking on subsequent clutches, having to do with a little less interfacing on the inside pockets to reduce bulk, shortening my zipper just a tad more, and taking a deeper seam on the lining so it fits inside smoothly. 

Since the Juki was all set up for FMQ, I used my 1960s Singer Touch & Sew, aka Tammy.  She hee-hawed and got a little stubborn about sewing through thick spots, but for the most part, she clippity-clopped right along.

I've got a few more of these planned.  I think they'll make great gifts come Christmastime.  (And yes, I need a new deck...next spring, hopefully!)

I'm linking to Sew & Tell Friday.  Thanks for visiting, and be sure to check out the other fun finishes over at Amylouwho

27 comments:

  1. Great fabrics--I admire your patience with the zipper and lining. I always wish for a clutch, but then I choke when I think about some of the detail work (I think that's called lazy!). Nice work!

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  2. Love how you lined this one - I'm partial to music fabrics - and the blend of colors. Your shortened zipper looks great. I can never seem to get my zippers at the top of a bag to look as elegant. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. I really like the gathers, and such great fabric combinations! (Visiting from Sew and Tell!)

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  4. Love this clutch! I can't wait to try it out myself!

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  5. cute clutch! they will make great gifts. i'm still too skitterish to attempt a zipper. oh, i didn't notice your deck what with all the clutch cuteness...so maybe if you just sprinkled a few of them all around there would be no need for a new deck ;-) (popped over from sew and tell)

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  6. That clutch is really fabulous. You are such an artist with colors and fabric choices.

    I love that all your machines have names. Tammy is fabulous for the Touch & Sew.

    xo -E

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  7. Beautiful job. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  8. Great job. I made one a few months ago and my zipper looked hideous compared to yours! :)

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  9. Beautiful job. I'm afraid of the zipper, but I admire everyone's projects. I just might have to tackle that tutorial and figure it out.

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  10. This is great! I love the colors and you knocked that zipper out!

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  11. this is beautiful...i love the fabrics you chose.

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  12. Very cute clutch...love the fabrics!!
    Jane

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  13. But I cant sew zippers....wahhhhhhhh

    This is so sweet and you are incredibly talented. I made a tote bag thingy once and when I turned it right side out the handles disappeared into the bag never to be seen again (I have no idea what I did ) I just sewed it shut and pretended the handles never existed.

    Maybe I'll go look at the tutorial and gird my loins for another bag making attempt.

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  14. It's gorgeous! I love the musical lining fabric.

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  15. I love it! What great colors. Very cool fabric on the inside too. It looks perfect. :-)

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  16. What a lovely piece you created! I love the colors, choice of lining fabric and all the details

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  17. What a cute little clutch! :)

    Good luck with your FM! - I have to warn you, it's addictive. :)

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  18. What a sweet clutch! I really need to try to make some of these. Love the colors!

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  19. Looks good. i was thinking the same thing for Christmas and putting a gift card inside.

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  20. Such fun fabrics, and I adore the inside pockets!

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  21. Love these. Its my go-to gift. Great fabric combo!!!

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  22. Very pretty. I love the sheet music interior. I have tried zippered clutches before and I get so frustrated with the final look of the zipper. Maybe I'll need to try the Noodlehead tutorial. Yours came out great!

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  23. How lovely! I'm amazed at how easily you seem to be able to throw things together like this.

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  24. I love the sheet music fabric inside! What a perfect contrast! My daughter likes it, too.

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  25. Hi P. I love it. It must feel great to take some cloth and turn it into something so useful and pretty.

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  26. Your clutch came out so pretty! I am also hooked on making these beauties. I have calculated I'll need to make 5 as gifts this Christmas. Not including the ones I would like to make for myself.

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