*the divided envelope clutch pattern has been fixed, sorry to anyone who was unable to download it previously*
Hello blog friends...
Happy first day of Fall.
I thought I'd send a little project your way in case your looking for something quick, simple and satisfying to sew.
This is my Divided Envelope Clutch.
I designed this simple clutch some time ago and the first one I made was used for housing a few diapers and a small case of wipes for short outings/errand running with little one in tow. It's my strong belief that stylish accessories make all chores more fun. The size is just right to be carried alone or slipped into a larger purse while running out the door.
Recently, I shared this project with a clever friend who adapted it to fit her own needs by simply changing the scale of my pattern. "Ahhhha" I thought. The possibilities of this silly little diaper clutch suddenly became endless. Its design would be great for all kinds of uses. Shrink it way down for a cute little wallet, or enlarge it for a laptop sleeve. I made the one in this post to carry coupons and a grocery list. And I have another in pieces on my sewing table, sized it specifically to hold scissors and combs. It's to be a gift for my hairdressing sister in-law.
The size is easily rescaled to suit whatever your use may be.
Here's what you'll need:
1/3 yard* of fabric for exterior - I used Alexander Henry's Apples & Pears in Brown
1/3 yard* of fabric for interior - I used Kaffe Fassett's Spots in Red
1/3 yard* decor bond
spool of coordinating thread
fabric marker on chalk pencil
*you will need more if you decide to enlarge your clutch.
Here's how it's made:
First open, download and print the pattern (and if you wish to rescale simply print or copy at whatever percent you like i.e. 50%, 75%, 150%...)
Next Cut all pieces.
First cut your 3 full pieces on the fold; one from exterior fabric, one from interior fabric and one from decor bond. Using a fabric chalk or marker, transfer dots onto large exterior piece.
Then fold pattern at dash-line and place on fold and cut one from exterior fabric, 3 from interior fabric and two from decor bond.
Iron decor bond onto wrong-side of both exterior pieces and one small interior piece.
Next with right-sides facing attach the small exterior piece to one of the small lining pieces (without decor-bond) by sewing across the top with a 1/4 seam-allowance. Press seam open, fold right-sides out and press flat.
Do the same with the small lining piece w/decor bond and remaining small lining pieces. This will be your interior divider.
Now with right-sides facing attach the two larger pieces. Sew across rounded top from one dot to the other with a 1/4" seam-allowance. Clip along this top seam-allowance every few inches, being sure not to cut into your stitches.
Turn right-sides out and press well.
Lay out pieces (as shown bellow). Start with largest piece first, lay exterior side up, next lay smaller exterior piece, exterior fabric facing down, finally place interior dividing piece on top.
Pin together and sew around all three sides with a 1/4" seam-allowance. Carefully trim seam-allowance to 1/8th inch.
Turn exterior sides facing out. Press neatly.
Have fun choosing a button. I couldn't choose so I combined two :)
Finally, stitch your buttonhole and sew on your button.
Now go out and enjoy.
Till next time - ;) April