My best friend recently turned 30 and I wanted to make her a clutch bag that would be big enough for her phone and cards but also classy enough to use for a wedding or a night out. I searched the net for tutorial and whilst there were heaps, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I decided to come up with my own.
Before I attempted my own pattern, I thought I would try a couple of different tutorials I found to get my head around piecing the bags together.
I started with this clutch but I really didn't like the tutorial. I'm not going to link to it here as I found it difficult to follow and I really didn't like the end result.
The next one I tried was this one from Noodlehead. Such a simple idea but looks great made up. I love the way she does the zipper, it takes away so much bulk at the ends. I had these fabrics in my stash and they work perfectly together.
Here's a look inside the bag at the card slots.
I stumbled across this next tutorial on pinterest and had to give it a go. This fabric was also in my stash from a few years ago and I love how it turned out with this design. This is such a simple idea but looks great and very easy to follow. You can find the full tutorial here.
After these three bags, I was ready to attempt my own. Here's what I came up with.
Once I had them all made, I couldn't decide out of the bow clutch or my design so I sent both. I gave her a little sneak peak on facebook to keep her guessing.
This is what she opened up. I can report back that she loved both purses and said she couldn't decided which to use first.
I'm planning on doing a tutorial for my clutch bag but I have a few projects to get finished over the next little while before I get that blogged.