Sew a Clutch with strap with the help of your Cricut Maker! The Maker uses a Simplicity Pattern for this adorable project!
Sewing a Clutch with Strap
Welcome to Season 2 of the Podcast! I am excited to be back! I have a ton of great things planned for this podcast. I had to take a break from podcasting last fall. We were traveling so much, doing construction on our house, and it just wasn’t conducive to podcasting. It has now been about a year since I started my Chambray Blues blog, and it’s been a great journey. One of the things that I never expected to happen was to have a corporate sponsor to work with on the blog. Cricut has been such a great partner in my blog this last year and I am excited to announce that they are the sponsor of today’s podcast!
The Cricut Maker has become an integral part of my sewing room. A year ago, I had never use a Cricut, and I had no idea what I was missing. Now, I cannot imagine how I got along without it! There are so many things it can do that make sewing so much easier and less stressful! Don’t even get me started on the crafting projects, because we could talk about that all day. I love that they have hundreds of projects to choose from already on their website, and I don’t have to design things from scratch all the time.
My partnership with Cricut has very rewarding, they have been a great sponsor of my blog, and I just love the versatility of the Cricut Maker. Cricut has a partnership with Simplicity Sewing Patterns and there are a number of patterns in Cricut Design Space that can be downloaded directly to the Cricut Maker. This fabric Clutch with a shoulder strap is one of the Simplicity patterns.
Walking Through the Clutch Project
I thought I would walk you step by step through cutting and sewing a complete project with the Cricut, so you can understand how it all works. You can create a free account at Cricut.com. “Design Space” as it is called has many free projects, some are subscription with a monthly fee, and you can also pay for a specific project if you choose. This particular Clutch Sewing Pattern is $4.99. I think that’s a bargain considering how much time it saves. Think about it, there are no tissue pages to cut out by hand (does anyone else hate cutting these out?), iron and layout on your fabric, etc. Especially if you are a beginner sewer, using the Cricut can make things much less confusing!
The Simplicity patterns are individually priced, but you have lifetime access to them afterwards.
Once your in Design Space you can start a new project by clicking the plus sign in the left corner. Then search for Clutch with Strap or Simplicity patterns, and you will find the project.
•The first thing I like to do is read through all the cutting directions, so I know exactly what the project involves. Then scroll down to the bottom of the screen and there will be a link in green to the specific sewing directions pdf document, which I print out to have ready for construction.
•Cricut has laid out the project for you step by step, it will tell you how much fabric you will need, and any additional supplies. Recommend fabrics for this project are heavier in nature, including cotton denim, pinwale corduroy, and cotton Duck.
Supplies Needed (affiliate links included for your convenience I will receive a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you, thank you for your support!):
½ yard of 3 different fabrics, 45” wide (my fabrics are Waverly from Walmart)
¼ yard of contrasting fabric, 45” wide (Waverly from Walmart)
½ yard of lightweight fusible interfacing (Pellon Craft Fuse)
12” Zipper (I used a Jelly Zipper cut to length)
⅝” D-Rings (2 of them)
⅜” Rivets (2)
Swivel Hooks (2 for ½” strap)
35” x 1” length of leather like material for strap
Heavy duty sewing machine and needle
Heavy duty sewing thread
Envelope Clutch with Zipper
The first step is to cut the fabrics to size, according to the directions and put them on the 12 x 24” fabric grip mat. It is important that the grain of the fabric go longways on the cutting mat. Press your fabric first if needed, and place it face down on the mat, adhere to the mat with a bayer to be sure there are no wrinkles.
Select the “Make it” button in Design Space. You will have to select your machine, the Maker from the top menu on the screen. Then follow the prompts to start the Cricut Maker, insert the mat and cut each piece of fabric as directed. When the pieces are cut, remove them from the cutting mat and scrap it clean away any threads with the plastic scraper tool.
Next cut the interfacing, lining and any additional pieces of fabric as per Cricut directions.This project has an Interlining and an Interfacing. What’s the difference between the two? The purpose of interfacing is to stabilize and strengthen the fashion fabric. The Interlining basically covers the back of the fabric/interfacing and is essentially lining the inside of the bag.
Time to sew!
1. Fuse interlining to bag front and back sections. Fold 1/4″ seam under top edge of contrasting band. Stitch lower contrasting band in place, stitch again 1/4″ away from first line of stitching.
2. Insert the small tab piece into the D-ring, baste ends together. I forgot to do this, don’t loose these pieces they are small!
3. Apply the magnetic snap to the bag as directed, stitch tabs in place at sides of bag.
4.Fuse interfacing to the pockets (there are two). Fold over, stitch with right sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave an opening to turn right side out along the bottom edge. Trim corners, turn right side out. Hand sew bottom opening closed.Press.
5. Apply pockets to bag lining, matching marks made on back of fabric with the Cricut fabric pen.Stitch along edges.
6. Install zipper along top edge of right side of printed fabric, with zipper face down. Stitch close to edge of zipper teeth. You may need to trim the zipper length, it should be 1/4″ longer than the length of the bag between the two marked dots. Whip stitch across zipper teeth before cutting off the ends of the zipper.
7. Sew the lining (right side) of the bag to the wrong side of the zipper, through all thicknesses, enclosing the zipper tape between the outside of the bag and the lining using a zipper foot. Apply bag back and lining to the other half of the zipper stitching 1/4″ from upper edge in the same manner.
8. Press zipper teeth toward the bag front and back lining sections, opening out fabric lining. Press. Line up raw edges with right sides together and stitch around the perimeter of the bag, leaving an opening to turn bag to right side at bottom of lining.
9. Turn bag right side out, press. Slip stitch opening in the lining closed. Attach zipper pull if using a separating zipper. Push lining down into bag, close zipper and press.
10. Fold the strap in half lengthwise, stitch along both edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.
11. Wrap ends around swivel hooks, mark placement and pound rivet in place (I sewed mine in place). Attach strap to D-rings on bag when finished.
That’s it! By marking and cutting the project with the Cricut Maker, it moves along so much faster. This project would make a nice gift for a friend, or to match a handmade dress for a special occasion. Thank you to Cricut for Sponsoring this post!
Before you go, I saved the best for last! Cricut has given a special discount for my readers! This discount is not available anywhere else, be sure to take advantage of it!
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