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The Martha Clutch

I was inspired by a page of clutches featured in a Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. I really liked the one with the ruffle down the middle, so I sketched a plan and decided on the dimensions my clutch will have. I used a 9 inch vintage metal zipper for this clutch because I like to incorporate vintage, fair trade and/or organic materials as much as possible.

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The fabric I choose is a fair trade handwoven silk bought from Tammachat, an Etsy shop buying from Thailand. The fabric is very heavy. It is probably a 6 or 7 oz. fabric. It is really a little too heavy for this project but I love the natural gold color. The check wool is from a vintage Japanese kimono wool.

DSCF3439-001Here are all of the pieces cut out. I am using the Gold silk as my lining and as the ruffle down the front.

DSCF3551I used a bias tape maker to make the piece that will be top-stitched onto the ruffle.

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The ruffle is made from two strips sewn on each side and then turned inside-out. I then ironed the ruffle flat.

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Using large stitches, because of the weight of the fabric, I made a gather down the middle of the ruffle strip. In retrospect, I probably should have made two parallel gathers.

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I pinned the smaller strip of wool down the middle of the gathered gold silk. I pinned the ruffle to the middle of the kimono wool piece that will become the outside of the clutch. Then, I topstitched the strip and ruffle to the outside piece of the kimono wool.DSCF3590 DSCF3594DSCF3607

Here I have laid out the pieces to attach the zipper. This is the outside of the bag with the ruffle attached. I am using one piece that I will fold in half, rather than two pieces, because I wanted the ruffle to be one continuous piece without a seam running through it at the bottom.

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Two tabs are sewn onto either end of the zipper.DSCF3615 DSCF3616 DSCF3622

I pinned the zipper to one side of the fabric and the lining and sewed them together.

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Pull the zipper open about half-way before you sew the lining piece and zipper to the other side. If you don’t you won’t be able to turn it right side out.

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After the zipper is in place, sew the sides of the lining and outside while everything is inside out. Leave a gap in the lining to pull everything through when you turn it right side out. Hand sew the gap closed after it is turned right side out.

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For a decorative pull, I am using waxed linen thread and some vintage Czech beads. I think the colors match the kimono wool.

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Et voila!  My version of the Martha Stewart Weddings clutch:

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Zipper works! And beautiful lining is peeking through the opening.DSCF3672 DSCF3673

Notice the front and back are different because of the patterns in the wool.

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