Clutch Happy

I wanted to learn some new techniques on putting zippers on things.  I had done the traditional zip pouch but after learning a neat trick for pillows and I wanted to try it but for a clutch.  I was also inspired to figure out how to do a zip in the middle of the clutch while having everything finished on the inside.  After digging through my many books and online I figured it out.  I also wanted an excuse to do some small thread sketching pieces.  Here are pictures of my test projects.

 

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This one is made of raw silk with silk charmeuse that I dyed fused onto it.  The purple is naturally dyed with logwood and the yellow is MX Procion dyed. Then I free motioned embroidered on top of the circles.  The embellishment was a test for pillow I want to make similarly.  The zipper is hidden down a bit instead of up and noticed like a normal zip pouch.

 

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Here is the back.  I just did some fun stitching to hold all the layers together.  There is some heavy interfacing sandwiched inside to add more stability to it. 

 

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The inside has the same logwood dyed silk charmeuse. 

 

 

Now, I love., just love this clutch so much I don't think I'm going to give it up.  I've already put my personal stuff inside it.  I took it out shopping and got a ton of compliments on it.  It's a great opportunity to pass my business cards on.  It's based off my Bird of Paradise Pillow, which my step mom now owns.  


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It's made entirely of scrap fabric!   Silk, cotton, polyester, and unknowns.  I have this huge habit of never throwing any scrap or small piece of fabric away.  I pieced the bottom portion.  Some of the fabrics have been hand dyed.  Then I appliqu├ęd the bird and free motioned a tree on the front.

 

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Here is the awesome back.  I free motioned this tree too to coordinate with the front.

 

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The inside is made of cotton dyed in logwood.  There is a little pocket big enough to hold credit cards.

 

Cheers,

Kyle