Shop Talk: Romantic Versatile Clutch
by Ashley Fritsche
Welcome back to Shop Talk here at The Featherweight Shop! We love our local chit chat with staff, gathering around the dinette table so-to-speak (because that is what we have!) and sharing with one another. In these segments, we exchange patterns, recipes, organizational ideas, history quips, crafty projects, and smiles about learning an old-fashioned way of doing things. Shop Talk is the fun tidbits of news!
3. Seam Ripper
4. Washi Tape
Welcome back to Shop Talk! This week, Tammy is creating a Versatile Romantic Clutch based on the Round Pencil Case pattern by Kristyne Czepuryk. This dainty case is quite the multi-functional tote that is sure to become a personal favorite. Let's follow along with Tammy as she expertly details her experience in this week's Shop Talk.
Tammy was eager to make the Round Pencil Case pattern because it is so romantic and pretty! She loves little pouches and bags, because they have so many uses. Small projects are ideal for finishing in a day, and they make for quick gifts!
When picking the fabric, Tammy liked Rue 1800 Mini charm pack using polka dot pieces for the zipper tabs. She chose a modest cream with pale brown polka dots for the lining and pink with cream polka dots for the binding and outer round ends.
After cutting all the squares down to the proper size Tammy then pieced them together to make a lovely patchwork body. She chain-pieced them all together into one long strand which saved a lot of time!
Rather than using fusible fleece, a piece of cotton batting was selected from leftover batting scraps and then Quilt Basting Spray used to adhere the front and the inner lining of the case to the batting. (This is a good time to adhere the two end circles together as well if you have those cut out already.)
Tammy quilted diagonal across the squares and was so pleased with how nicely it turned out. The quilting made up for any mismatched corners.
She attached the zipper binding pieces of pink with cream polka dotted fabric, and hand sewed the raw edge over for a nice clean finish.
Now Tammy was ready to sew in the adorable lace zipper! She sewed both sides of the zipper in…and did it exactly upside down! This was the perfect opportunity to use her handy seam ripper and reinstall it the right way. The washi tape was fun and pretty to use to hold the zipper in place as she sewed it in.
She carefully sewed the zipper tabs on going slowly so as not to break the needle.
Now it was time to add the round ends! Tammy pinned them in the ends and followed the directions to sew them in. It was so exciting to be so close to the finish line!
When finished, she turned the bag right side out, zipped it up and admired her work! (Tammy said she was so thrilled that she zipped and unzipped it a few times!) She is so happy to now decide what will go in this romantically useful and pretty clutch!