What to do with half a dress tutorial – clutch and scarf

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.

This dress used to have a bottom skirt...this is what I had left!

This dress used to have a bottom skirt…this is what I had 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.

Chop!

Chop!

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.

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Save those buttons! Always save the buttons!

Save those buttons! Always save the buttons!

 

I included the collar embroidery in the main body piece.

I included the collar embroidery in the main body piece.

I cut two of the clutch  strap in the main fabric (not the lining/main).

I cut two of the clutch strap in the main fabric (not the lining/main).

I cut the lining pieces from the dress lining.

I cut the lining pieces from the dress lining.

All cut and ready to go. Main, lining and interfacing.

All cut and ready to go. Main, lining and interfacing.

After cutting all the pieces, I went to iron the interfacing onto the lining.

Iron was too hot! Best to iron from the interfacing side...especially when using lining fabric.

Iron was too hot! Best to iron from the interfacing side…especially when using lining fabric.

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.

Wrong sides together... 1/4" seam

Wrong sides together… 1/4″ seam

 

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.

Can barely see the stitching up it holds the seam in the back.

Can barely see the stitching up it holds the seam in the back.

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.

Yikes! Giant button!

Yikes! Giant button!

The finished scarf…

Sophisticated, I think!

Sophisticated, I think!

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.

Pocket.

Pocket.

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.

Turning my tube.

Turning my tube.

 

Then, I took the bottom/sides piece of the clutch and tucked in one end.

The end of the sides/bottom piece.

The end of the sides/bottom piece.

I folded the strap piece in half and inserted it into the sides/bottom piece then stitched across to secure it.

Voila...the strap!

Voila…the strap!

I then stitched the purse together, added a button hole to the flap and ta-da…a cute matching clutch with wrist strap!

Front view!

Front view!

Back view! I love that detail!

Back view! I love that detail!

Inside with pocket!

Inside with pocket!

The set all together!

The matching clutch and scarf!

The matching clutch and scarf!

 

Enter to win this scarf/clutch set beginning February 1st! Click here for your chance to win! Contest ends February 14th. Winner will be announced February 15th.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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