Sunday, April 1, 2012

Meet Elna

Everyone, I would like to introduce to you, Elna. I got her as a present for my birthday last October, but was immediately side tracked with school/work/holidays and finally got to put the pedal to the metal this past month. I haven't used a sewing machine since I made my father a TV cover for his garage, so I wanted to start small and work my way up. I found this great tutorial on how to make a bow clutch and tried it out for size.
First I made this red one, I used a light weight interface and made it a bit taller than the tutorial suggests. Although it is a bit flimsy, if the clutch is filled it will keep it's shape. 

 This was my second shot at the bow clutch, I used a VERY thick interface here, making it very difficult to tuck it right side out at the end and feels a bit too stiff.
 I then tried for my own design , turned out different than I envisioned in my head, but still works the same!

A few suggestions when trying this yourself:
1: Get a good interfacing to ensure the clutch will keep it's shape. Lightweight is too thin, but hard as cardboard is too thick. A good Heavy interfacing is perfect. It hardens when you iron it to the fabric
2. Try to match the zipper with the top fabric, especially if you a new at this and kinda shaky with the thread lines, it helps to hide the imperfections
3. Choose a heavy fabric, jersey/silk will be too flimsy
4. BE PATIENT...and have a seam ripper on hand :)

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