Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A little Martha inspiration; just what the doctor ordered, besides Yoga...

Inspired by yet another yummy awakening...literally, I had nodded off on the couch with the television on and I awoke just in time to see Martha demonstrating this clutch with Robin Grawunder of Upstyle Designs. You can find her here: Robin sells these little yum yums already made for you; or thank you 'Martha' and Robin, you can make your own per the instructions below or find the printable or sharable version here: I can think of about at least fifteen or twenty of my favorite girls whom I would love to make these for as soon as I get my steam back! :)
I hope you have an inspired and blessed day...XOXO Keke

Fabric Clutch

Add a pop of color to any outfit with these simple-to-sew fabric clutches from Robin Grawunder. Include a personalized label on the bag's interior, if desired.

ClutchTools and Materials:
Decorative fabric for outside of clutch
Fabric for lining
Heavyweight fusible stabilizer
Fusible fleece
Rotary cutter
Grid ruler
Sewing machine
Coordinating machine-sewing thread
Transparent tape
Bond 527 Multi-Purpose Cement
Metal clutch frame hardware

Clutch How-To:

1. Cut 13-by-13 1/2-inch pieces from outer fabric, lining fabric, and heavyweight fusible stabilizer. Cut a 10 1/2-by-13-inch piece of fusible fleece. With an iron, fuse heavyweight stabilizer to wrong side of outer fabric, then fuse fleece to center of stabilized side of fabric.

2. With right sides of outer and lining fabrics together, sew 1/2-inch seams along both longer 13 1/2-inch edges.

3. Turn sewn pieces so right sides are facing out, and press seams flat.

4. Fold in half, matching seams at top, with lining on inside. Sew a 1/4-inch seam on outside raw edges, then trim seam allowances to 1/8 inch and snip in at the corners. Turn again, so outside fabric is on the inside. Sew 1/4-inch seam along edges, creating a finished French seam, then turn right side out.

5. Fold corners down; mark and sew a 2-inch gusset on each. Trim corner to 1/8 inch. Turn again so lining faces out; sew a 1/4-inch seam along gussets to finish seams. Turn right side out one last time.

6. Apply a bead of fabric glue to metal frame. Center over top seam, carefully insert fabric in metal frame, and secure in place with tape. Allow glue to set for several hours.

7. Remove tape, tuck outside corners behind frame, and snap closed.

Personalized Label:

Tools and Materials:
Computer with program for designing labels
Inkjet printer
Jacquard Inkjet printable silk
Steam-a-Seam double-sided fusible interfacing
Scissors or rotary cutter

Label How-To

1. Create labels in an 8 1/2-by-11-inch document using any program that generates images, words, letters, etc.

2. With an inkjet printer, print document on silk side of printable silk page. Let ink set for 15 minutes.

3. Carefully peel off paper backing from silk and discard. Place sheet on flat surface and gently reshape. Apply Steam-a-Seam double-sided fusible interfacing to wrong side of silk with a warm iron.

4. Cut labels from sheet. Peel off paper backing, and iron labels in place on handmade items.

ResourcesMetal clutch frame hardware and purse supply kits are available on Jacquard Inkjet Sheets are available on Amazon. Steam-a-Seam is available from Warm Company.


Suzanne said...

I saw this Martha as well but had to leave the room when they were doing this project. I came back to find them finishing up (why didn't I record it?!) so thank you for taking my work of searching for how to make this clutch. Hoping you're well!

Big Hug,

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Keke! It was so good to hear from you. I think about you all the time I just can't seem to get a break to spend online. You sound like your starting to feel a little better. I'm so glad. I've been praying for you girl. And if thoughts were dollars, you'd have lots by now.

I have been too lucky lately but it sure makes me smile. I've got another little win to post and a couple of giveaways coming up soon I hope. And that's not counting the 100 post and 100 followers I'm late on doing. I've got to get etsy going and pray for a sale so I can afford to have a giveaway. Ha-ha.

Hugs and love...Tracy :)

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Patti said...

Oh how fun that looks- it sure is cute! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the sweet comment on my post and the link- very cool! and it was so good to hear from you. I hope this finds you in the process of getting to a more peaceful place in your life. Have a wonderful day~~~

Patti said...

Hope this finds you well Keke! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

Tracy Suzanne said...


I hope you're enjoying Mothers day with your sweet kids. I miss talking to you. With Neil and MIL here 24/7 I never get much time. Retirement kinda sucks when you never get alone time. Ha-ha.

Love ya, Tracy :)

Bodecia Arietty said...

I just wanted to say thanks again for that wonderful Valentines Day package you sent me! Victor especially likes the bunny pj pants. They are so soft that it isn't unusual for me to be sitting on the floor in the morning, eating breakfast, and all the sudden feel a little hand or two stroking my legs! Then he trys to lick them.

The other day he wanted to crawl away and play with them so he grabbed hold of my pants and gave a good yank.... I think you can imagine what happened. I was like "I just got pantsed by a 10 month old!" HAHA, I hope everything is going well for you, Love Jessica

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Sweetie. It's been so long since you've blogged and since I've talked to you. I hope you not sick and in pain. I also hope your not emotionally hurting. Just wanted to let you know I care and miss you.
I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Hugs and lots of prayers....Tracy :)

P.S. I'm having a giveaway. I hope you'll come by and enter. :)

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Honey! I just wanted to check on you. I so hoped I would find that you had posted and I'd just missed it somehow. (which isn't hard for me lately). I'm worried about you. I'm not sure if your not blogging might be a good sign because you're so busy out there in the real world. I hope that's true. Remember I love you and think of you often. I'm saying a prayer for you this morning and hope you know just how special you are.

Hugs...Tracy :)