Spotty clutch

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Sometimes a simple sew is just what you need to get your mojo back.

Something that requires no muslin, no fitting issues, no adjustments.

Lisa from White Tree Fabrics had contacted me a good few weeks before Christmas and asked if I fancied trying out one off their Uhandbag kits.

I choose the spotty ‘Simply Smart Clutch’. I was interested in how the clasp was attached. It turned out to be just the right thing to spend a quiet afternoon sewing in between the madness of Christmas and New Year.

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The pack you get comes with a booklet of instructions. These were great except for one thing. The photograph of the open clutch in the booklet showed the front section shorter than the inner front piece, thus forming the pocket at the front of the bag.
The paper pattern was the opposite way around, with the deeper front on the outside and the other less deep front piece on the inside forming the pocket on the inside. This foxed me for a while until I decided to just go with it.

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There were four layers of fabric to cut out for each piece. Outer fabric, lining, interfacing and adhesive wading. I used my mat and rotary cutter as I knew from experience that bags are most successful with precise accurate cutting out.

I sandwiched the pieces together as instructed, cutting away the fleecy interfacing at the seams to reduce bulk.

The area where the clasp was attached was reinforced with three further layers of interfacing.img_2432

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Following the instructions, the bag came together very quickly.

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You would never think the whole purse could be turned the right way round through this small gap in the stitching at the top, but it did.

I love the professional looking strap and clip.

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I’ve seen the clasp and clip sold separately so now I have the pattern and instructions I can see a many a matching clutch made in the future!

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All in all a great little kit and of great value for money. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon project.

Love, Lucie xx

25 comments

  1. What a fab idea to be able to buy all the bits in a kit. I’m always put off making things like that as it can be hard to find decent hardware. I bet your daughter has her eye on this! It’s lovely! 🙂

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  2. I have had a couple of kits from Lisa Uhandbag) and they’ve turned out well. I did buy one kit which had resin handles into which you push the fabric and tighten the screws. It worked fine but, when I sourced the handles from somewhere else and tried to make it again, I couldn’t get the bag to stay fixed in the handles and I guess it was because they were not the same quality as she uses in her kit.

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  3. So, were the pattern pieces right then? I don’t use clutches myself, but can appreciate it’s a lovely one if you do. The right hardware makes all the difference in a design like this, doesn’t it, and this is perfect. I do love it when the details have been well thought out.

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    1. The pattern pieces worked out just fine. I think the bag had just been worked up the other way around in the photo.
      I can see this being a very useful bag to keep in my brief case. When I go to a meeting I like only to carry my brief case. This’ll save me taking the whole brief case to the ladies!

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    1. If you were starting from scratch, with no fabric and interfacing stash to work from, they are very good value. Otherwise you could just buy the hardware. But sometimes it’s just nice to work through a kit with everything provided.

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