Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Fashion Fix: Envelope Doily Clutch Bag

The first doily handbag was so popular that I decided to give you another Fashion Fix using these ingenious yet erroneous items.

My sister had a clutch bag made out of the lace from her husband's mother's wedding dress. This could be a lovely wedding craft project to get the bride 'something new' from 'something old' or something borrowed'!

choose a bright contrasting lining fabric.

You will need:
  • Square Linen hanky
  • Lining fabric
  • Cotton thread
  • Button
How to do it:
  1. Cut a square from the lining fabric the same size as the linen hanky. Turn under and press all four sides so the lining is slightly smaller that the hanky
  2. Pin in place and hand sew using an invisible stitch along each side. 
  3. Fold the square into an envelope shape and sew the sides closed.
  4. Add a button and rouleau loop to finish. 
To make a rouleau loop, have a look back at the other doily clutch bag Fashion Fix for the illustrations that go with these steps:

  1. Cut a strip of your chosen fabric on the bias. It needs to be 4 x the width of your cord 
  2. Sew a length of cord at one end of the strip.
  3. Fold the strip in half, encasing the cord and, using a zipper foot, sew a running stitch all the way along the strip.
  4. Pull the end of the cord and ease the fabric in on its self. This will be slightly fiddly and you may need to use a knitting needle at one end to start it off. 
  5. Once the fabric has been pulled all the way through, cut off the cord. You now have your Rouleau loop. 

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