Monday, March 12, 2012

The Envelope Clutch

I know that I've mentioned her before, but do you know Anna over at Noodlehead? Well, she recently debuted another pattern which I was lucky enough to test for her! Her new pattern is for an envelope clutch, and it includes 2 sizes with 2 flap styles, plus directions for adding a wrist strap or a shoulder strap.
I couldn't resist, I made one in each size!
The smaller clutch, exterior is a Heather Ross linen blend from Far, Far Away II - I really like the heavier weight of this fabric for the exterior:
Lining is a dot from Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt:
Inside is a zipper pocket and 3 card slots:
The larger clutch, exterior is the Ikat print from Amy Butler's Lark:
Lining is the chinese lantern print, also from Lark:
Inside is a zipper pocket, 4 card slots, and 2 small pockets:
Plus a little bit of Denyse Schmidt (from JoAnn's):
After I created these 2 clutches I realized that my iPad *might* fit in the larger one. Well, the clutch ended up a tiny bit too short, so I made another! This time I made the clutch a bit taller and a bit narrower, because I like my iPad covers to fit pretty snugly. I also opted for velcro closure on this one. Anna recommends canvas in the 2 clutches above, which gave them great shape. For an iPad clutch, she recommends batting. I used a thin, fusible batting for my iPad clutch, and I think it worked really well!
Isn't this the best.print.ever?!? It's part of the spring line by Melody Miller for Kokka.
Some metro dots for the lining:
I included the card slots and pockets on this one, because I thought they might come in handy.
And some ladybugs to line the pocket!
My iPad clutch finished at about 8.5" x 10.5". There was quite a bit of trial and error (on my part, no fault of the pattern!) to get the size exactly how I wanted the clutch to fit. If I were to make another, I might leave a little more room. I hope I don't spill on this one, because I'm pretty sure it would shrink in the wash! (I made that mistake on a sleeve that I made for my macbook!)
DSC_0162 As usual, this is a great pattern! I love the sizes and shapes of these clutches, and Anna has great directions. If you haven't already, go check out her blog! She has some great tutorials and patterns - all of which are written with such great detail (and great photos!) that a newbie could sew one up with easy!


Live a Colorful Life said...

These are great. How fun to be a pattern tester for Anna. You did a fabulous job of fabric selection too!

Jennadesigns said...

Absolutely love your fabric choices! And how much fun to be a pattern tester - I LOVE all of Anna's patterns ... guess I need to add this one to my list!

Anonymous said...

dare I say! they are so cute. I love the fabric combinations you used. just great I love your i pad cover as well. so nice!

OrangeBlossom said...

Great fabric choices! Now to only have an ipad....