Yesterday I finished the pattern pieces for these clutches.
A few weeks ago when I posted this fabric, I felt a bit of nostalgia for my early etsy days when I had a lot of this particular kind of slubbed cotton fabric. It reminded me of all the clutches I made with these Japanese cottons, and I got the urge to sew clutches!
Back in 2008 I sold a lot of the Curvy Clutches in sets for bridesmaids gifts. It was fun to sell them because they sold really well and they all turned out so pretty in these lovely fabrics. It always feels good to make a sale--especially a big one--and people are so sweet and thankful when they receive their carefully made handmade bags.
Since they weren't made until an order was placed, it took away the spinning of the wheels feeling that can sometimes come with selling your handmade goods. When you make something and put it up for sale and it just sits there, and sits there, and sits there, before finally selling (or not!), it can be hard on the crafty spirit! When I finish something I get that feeling of satisfaction from completing a project, and some pride from doing a nice job sewing. If it takes a while to sell, the doubts start creeping in, and it can just get stressful if you need the income.
So I wanted to sew clutches, but I've made soooo many of the Curvy Clutch, it felt like time to make something similar, but larger. For comparison, here is the smallest Curvy Clutch (the only one I have in my stash) shown with the smaller clutch with darts:
The flap is slightly different and the body is much deeper/larger.
Since the construction for these clutches is essentially the same as the Curvy Clutch, I'm offering the pattern pieces only this time. Anyone who knows basic bag construction will understand how to put these simple clutches together, or refer back to the Curvy Clutch pattern if you need some help.