|This is a pattern for a small bag or purse which can be made up as a clutch with a wrist strap and optional spaghetti shoulder strap, or as a shoulder bag. It has a zipped pocket in the interior, and five soft pleats on the front. It closes with a magnetic fastening under the flap.|
I made this one as a shoulder bag, using Ferrari red nappa from GH Leathers. This leather was easy to work, as leather goes. Obviously, you can't pin or tack, except inside a seam allowance, but it didn't present any problems as the shapes of the pattern fit together easily. I used a satin lining. It took less than a third of the leather hide for this bag and a scrap of satin lining left from another project.
For the top stitching on the strap I sandwiched the work with tissue paper to help it feed through the machine. I used a leather needle, but don't have a special foot.
When I made this bag I thought it would only get occasional use. I designed the pattern with special occasion use in mind, but am using this one a lot as an everyday bag. I hadn't realised how often I leave the house needing little more than cards, small coin purse and keys. These fit easily in a bag of this size.
I made one in a Michael Miller cotton , which one of my daughters fell for, and have also made the clutch version in a heavy satin. I think its a versatile pattern, quite quick to make, and ideal for using up the odd half yard remnant, or making gifts.
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