This is the first full week of autumn, and what better way to celebrate than with a new bag? (Okay, I can think of plenty of better ways, but it’s autumn and I have a new bag, so let’s just go with it). Last year I picked up a copy of The Best of Threads Handbags; it’s full of great patterns but I specifically wanted the 6-Pocket Clutch designed by Gilbert Muniz.
I cut out all the pattern pieces and used interfacing on everything for some added structure (the pattern called for heavier fabric such as home dec or denim, most of what I was using was quilting cotton or very drapey fashion fabric). Also, the pattern called for canvas lining between the pockets but I used cotton batting (I’ve had issues in the past from keeping a keycard too close to my cellphone, I thought the extra barrier could only help).
What I love about making things myself is the ability to adapt them to fit my needs, such as making the pockets to fit my essentials.
I was actually quite surprised at how quickly the front and back came together.
Instead of sewing the outer shell and the lining separately and then hand-stitching them together I used the same assembly method as my pencil case – it just seemed much easier to me, and I try to do my best to avoid hand-stitching.
I’m quite pleased with the finished bag, the fabrics work really well together…
and it has space for all my essentials inside.
This was my first time making a ‘real’ bag and not just a project bag. While I didn’t exactly cut corners per se, and I am happy with the finished bag, I can really see how I need to work on my finishing skills. Paying attention to tension, working slowly to ensure straight seams, pressing the fabric every step of the way, I’m really starting to appreciate how taking the time for these things will lead to more professional looking results. I think I need to step back from the projects for a while and focus on the skills.