So, how about a little rundown :)
Making up all of the pieces was pretty easy. Just your basic cutting straight lines and sewing seams. The tabs on the zippers had me a little confused but I managed to figure it out. I did learn something though about cutting. See how my Octopus are floating sideways in the bottom left hand corner, ya gotta watch that directional print, oops :)
And a huge thank you for all of your suggestions. It made a major difference to make the gathered fabric a little larger and then trim. And I love the purple band vs the old dull color I originally pulled. You all are the greatest!!!
After all the pieces were set it was time to put in the zipper. This is the first time I have used the zipper foot on my machine. I know, sad, but true. It wen't pretty well but I did have a few hiccups. Hey, no one is perfect right.
I managed to sew on the wrong side of the zipper for this piece and completely enclosed the zipper. That's not gonna work. A little unpicking always saves the day. I also forgot to take a picture (a little frustrated at that point) of me sewing directly on top of 2 zippers instead of to the side. But, I learned a lot ;)
So once I got the zippers in it was time to sew the clutch together. I have to admit, this is the part that I was the most concerned about. The next picture tells the story :)
I managed to get the left side of each pouch turned quite nicely, the right sides were a bit of a different matter. I did the pink one first and just didn't push out enough. I was worried about busting the seam, should have worried less and pushed more. Next were the yellow and green ones. These had a struggle because I hadn't sewn the zipper in evenly in the last step. See how on the picture above the zipper part lines up at the top but has a big gap at the bottom. Live and learn. But . . . by the time I got to the last one, perfection!!
So that's the rundown. I learned a lot. Got a little frustrated, but mostly had a lot of fun. And I want to make more, so that is a very good sign :) So now, just for fun, let's see them each close up :)
Clutch #2: Fabrics are Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for the main part, Simply Color by Vanessa Christensen for the band, and Terrain by Kate Spain for the lining.
Clutch #4: Fabrics are all So Sophie by My Mind's Eye and it happens to be my favorite :)
I can't wait to give these to my special friends. Thanks for all of your help and advice. It really made tackling this project so much easier :) And now, back to some quilting :)
And since these were a huge first time finish for me, I am totally linking up to Amanda and Amy :)