Did you miss me? Did anyone file a missing blogger report with the Internet Police? I'm happy to tell you I'm still in one piece and I haven't abandoned you guys.
Look what I've been up to!
I've been really busy working on my bag pattern. As some of you may know, I switched to a new software - make that 2 new software to produce my bag patterns. They were really hard to learn! At first I borrowed books from the library to help me out. Later the tutes on youtube turned out to be more useful. Still, it took me a really, really long time. Finally I managed to gain enough "know-how" to write and draw the patterns. The learning curve was really steep. Honestly I don't want to do that again. It was like learning a foreign language such as Chinese. <snigger> I think I'm too old to pick up new software. This old brain ain't what it used to be.
Without further ado, ta da! I give you my Easy Bow Tie Clutch/Wristlet pattern.
I started making these clutches for sale at my craft markets two years ago. I think my customers really like them because I always manage to sell them all. The bow tie is something my girl likes. She's very into British TV (think Dr Who). So naturally, she thinks bow ties are cool. I married the bow tie to the clutch. And that's how this pattern came about.
I wanted this bag pattern to be versatile - like you could make it "plain" without the bow tie. This would be really good for beginners who have less confidence and they could focus on just learning to make the clutch without worrying about the embellishments.
Like what I did here using polka dots fabric. I went a little overboard - I had small dots and big dots. You know what? I used to be terrified of the big dots. No more. Another triumph!
This pattern looks great on prints as well.
This clutch was made with my leftover orange bird Ikea fabric. I'm so in love with this fabric. Why is it the fabric I love most get discontinued?
This one's a simple black canvas with lovely floral prints.
You could use a different print for the flap and body if you're good at colour matching. (it's a skill, my friend) I'm honestly not very good at matching but I think this combo is great!
And of course you'll love the bow tie option.
My dear friend, Suzee of AppleHead Threads tested for me and she's always been so supportive.
The Easy Bow Tie Clutch Pattern is priced at $8 USD (lucky number) and available for sale as instant download in my Etsy stop. HERE.
If you don't have an Etsy account, you could purchase the pattern directly from me here by clicking on "Buy Now" below. You get the pattern instantly and you can pay via PAYPAL or credit cards. Do take a minute to read my FAQ before you purchase.
I will add this pattern to my other pattern shops later on. As for the clutches I have made, I'll sell most of them at my VivoCity craft market in December. I will list a few of them for sale online so come back for my next post.
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