Thursday, April 26, 2012

Easy Clutch


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I've been asked many times if I have a ePattern for someone who has never made a bag before. It seems to me there is a demand for such a pattern because I get asked this question a lot. So I finally buckled down and produced my first ePattern for a beginner. Originally I wanted to use the word "virgin" instead of beginner but I can imagine all the misunderstanding that could arise. So I stuck to a safe and easily understood word.

I used a very simple easy shape - what can be more common than an envelope?  Incidentally envelope clutches have been around for a very long time. I have seen pictures of very ancient ones. They're usually heavy on beads and embroidery.

It never occurred to me that writing the instructions for a very easy clutch for someone new to making bags could be hard. I actually thought it would be a breeze. It turned out to be the hardest ePattern to do. I fretted over every single instruction. I worried the beginner wouldn't understand. I tried to think like a beginner.

I made over 10 samples. I shot and re-shot the photos. The original fabric I used was blue. Then I ran out of the blue fabric. So I had to re-shoot all the photos. Because now the clutch is puce. (it's a real word)

After all the fussing and editing, I finally decided it was perfect. Oh, I had great help too from Suzee who not only helped me test but gave great suggestions too. Suzee owns Applehead Threads on Etsy. Please give her some love. ♥

I have been very lucky in my choice of testers. They always deliver!


Right now this ePattern is available on Etsy. Here.

4 comments:

Suzee said...

Thank you Jane for giving me the chance to test your pattern ! This pattern was easy to do plus you learn some basic techniques as well!

Dee said...

congrats on getting the pattern completed and published.
When I was teaching embroidery and craft I experienced the challenge of breaking down and putting into writing the instructions in a step-by-step form. It is harder to actually break tasks down into that format than one may realise ... until attempting it.

Anonymous said...

Does the bag have a separate flap or not. You don't show any pictures of the inside of it so I can't tell? I also found it hard to tell from your pictures if you just edge stitch the whole thing together after turning essentially a pointy tube in the right way. This is what most people do and I don't like it. I want one that is constructed so there is no stitchs showing on the outside if you don't want.

The simplest bag is the most elusive. I used to make them as a child but I have forgotten how. Can't find anyone on the whole internet except one tutorial which doesn't make any sense. I can make my own in all sorts of ways except this one which is the only reason why I want it. I'm looking for no separate flap by the way as I have a flap sussed.

Would appreciate if you could let me know?

Projects By Jane said...

Hi Anonymous,

1. No separate flap. It is made using one exterior fabric and one lining.
2. On the outside there are no visible stitching.
3. I don't know if this clutch is "the one" you're looking for. I have an additional photo in my etsy listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/98458931/easy-beginner-clutch-instant-download-a
4. Hope you find what you're looking for.
Jane

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