After making a Christmas gift for my in-laws (a pocket thingee for the couch for remote controls, etc.) I had half a dress left.
I loved the little embroidery that was left and saw it as a great scarf/purse combo. By the way, I am a scarf freak…I love them. I loved them in the 80’s, in the 90’s, and I love them now!
I decided to use the bottom embroidery for the scarf. It would be simple with a button. I started by cutting off a chunk of the bottom. I didn’t really measure. I just made sure the embroidery was included in the cut.
I knew I didn’t have a ton of fabric to work with after the scarf chop so I decide to use the clutch pattern (found here) with a slightly different strap option.
First, I separated the lining from the dress and cut the dress open so the fabric was easier to work with. Plus, I wanted to use the dress lining as the lining of my purse.
After cutting all the pieces, I went to iron the interfacing onto the lining.
Ugh…not only did I waste my lining fabric but my iron was a mess. Ick.
Never fear…Turns out my mistake was perfect. I cut off the good part and cut the rest from the main fabric and sewed them together. It ended up that the main fabric on the underside of the flap looked better anyway. 🙂
I sewed up the scarf first. The ends were already turned from being part of a slit, so I just sewed wrong sides together and turned the tube.
After turning, I centered the seam to run down the middle of the back of the scarf. Then, I used a decorative stitch down the center to hold it in place.
Then, I put in a button hole. Although the button I chose was challenging. My buttonholer didn’t like it at all. I found one about the same size and it worked…kind of. I had to adjust the button hole when it was finished and handstitch part of it.
The finished scarf…
Then, the purse. It went together just like the flannel herringbone in the clutch tutorial with two exceptions…I added an interior pocket and I changed the strap.
To add a pocket just sew two rectangles together leaving a small opening to turn it. Then top stitch around and sew into your lining before assembling the purse.
For the strap, I sewed the two strap pieces into a tube with a 1/4″ seam and then turned it. And top-stitched along each side.
Then, I took the bottom/sides piece of the clutch and tucked in one end.
I folded the strap piece in half and inserted it into the sides/bottom piece then stitched across to secure it.
I then stitched the purse together, added a button hole to the flap and ta-da…a cute matching clutch with wrist strap!
The set all together!
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