I don't know about you, but there are times when I get obsessed with a certain thing, be it making something in particular, eating a certain type of food, listening to a certain CD over and over again...
I'm currently obsessed with making clutch bags.
I showed you the free motion embroidered faux leather one the other week and over the weekend I made two more with fabrics from my stash. Both were slightly experimental but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.
The first is made from some leopard print furnishing fabric I picked up at our local hospice charity shop. In addition to their normal high street shop they have a warehouse outlet where they sell furniture, curtains and fabric remnants among other things. When I bought this piece I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but it was too nice not to buy, and was pretty cheap.
I used a chunky navy zip from my stash, I'd have preferred a metal one, but I didn't have a long enough one.
The back has a zipped pocket on the outside this time, as on my previous clutch bag the internal zipped pocket is quite tricky to reach.
The lining is a remnant of floral cotton lawn that's been in my stash for about 3 years. There wasn't enough left to make a garment of any sort but I thought it too nice to get rid of. It coordinates pretty well with the tones of the outer fabric.
That was Saturday afternoon's project. Yesterday I was in a free motion embroidery mood, so after completing a sample for a potential new class I rummaged through the stash again. This time I came up with a remnant of camel wool coating (actually from the same charity shop) and some Art Gallery fabric quilting cotton that coordinated well. I also had a couple of metal zips the right colour.
This time I started by fussy cutting some floral motifs from the cotton which I appliqued onto the wool fabric.
I used the same fabric for the lining.
I adore this combination and as soon as I'd finished it I started hunting online for some more of the quilting cotton so I can make myself a larger bag. It seems to be discontinued, but I managed to find a piece on Etsy which is now on it's way to me. I'm thinking of drafting my own tote bag pattern for this, but if anyone has a recommendation of a good one, then please let me know in the comments.
My intention is to make a number of clutch bags in differing styles and using different methods with two aims; firstly to teach a class or two and secondly to (hopefully) sell some.