Hello all! My kiddos are officially finished another year of school so we're busy getting used to the new routine and all of this togetherness! It's all good though. :)
One more non-quilting finish this week, sticking with the bag theme! Kimberly recommended the Pocket Clutch by Michelle Patterns as a good one to try (and Kimberly is pretty much the expert on Michelle Patterns!), and I still had enough fabric leftover from my Pleated Wristlet, so I went for it.
This was an easy design to put together, I think the most time consuming part is cutting out the pieces! A challenge when one is used to using a rotary cutter for everything. :) What? I have to use scissors? If anyone makes this pattern, the one thing I will strongly recommend is to use a walking foot on your machine, especially for the last few steps when there are a whole bunch of layers to sew through. It helped immensely!
This little clutch is big enough to hold a bit of money, some cards, maybe some keys, depending how big your key ring is, and would probably fit a cell phone but what do I know as I don't have one! I don't think I would put coins in it as they'd probably get lost - I don't think they would fall out if the clutch was closed, but without a zip section I don't think I would risk it.
On a different note, I received the above charm pack (56 - 5" charm squares) from Jenelle's recent aqua/orange/gray mystery charm swap. Isn't it pretty? (photo is Jenelle's, used with permission) I want to actually do something with these charms. So I'm asking all of you - what would you do with these? Do you have any favourite charm-friendly tutorials/patterns? Quilts or otherwise. I'd love your input!
Have a wonderful weekend!