I have been fascinated by these ultra feminine fabric clutches right from my teenage days. Though I was quite a good designer and sewist right from my childhood, my numerous attempts at designing these clutches failed to attain fruition. Now that I am an experienced seamstress, whipping up a fabric clutch is no more a big deal and I could easily design them in a day. I pondered a while as to how I should hide all those seams and I came up with this easy and pretty clutch design! These clutches can be made in florals, polka dots, chevrons or stripes to please your senses. You can sew them in the dimensions given by me to accommodate your little things or sew them in bigger sizes to carry more of your belongings.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Fleece cowl is a perfect accessory to keep the winter blues away from your neck! This fleece cowl is one of my simplest patterns and can be whipped up in minutes! You can give a personal twist to the design by using printed fleece for the body of the cowl and solid fleece for the ruffle. Lace is also a good option for the ruffle. Adding ornamental wooden buttons add a vintage touch to the cowl. Team it up with a simple top and jeans or tuck it inside your winter jacket to boost your feminine charm!
1) Fleece Pieces for the cowl body and ruffles.
2) Snap buttons- 2 numbers.
3) Sewing Notions.
Take two fleece pieces, 35-inches long and 7-inches wide. These are your cowl body pieces.
Also cut two fleece strips, 50-inches long and 1& 3/8-inches wide. These are strips for your ruffle.
Join the strips along the shorter edges at both ends with the right sides together to form a loop.
Sew a basting stitch along one of the longer raw edges leave a long tail of thread, 6 to 7- inches long. Pull the thread from the bobbin gently and gather it. Note: to make a basting stitch, you will have to turn the upper thread tension of your machine to zero and stitch length to the longest.
Keep the ruffled edge of the loop all around the edge of one of the cowl body piece with the right sides together. Adjust the gathering to make it uniform and to match it with the edge of the cowl body piece and pin all around. Sew the ruffle onto the cowl body, removing the pins as you go.
Next take the next cowl body piece and keep it over the done piece with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Pin all around.
Sew the two pieces together, leaving a gap of about 4-inches to turn the cowl inside-out.
Turn the cowl inside-out through the gap.
Pull the ruffle taut, tuck in the raw edges and topstitch all around as marked by the blue line above.
Now lets add our snap buttons.
Keep the shorter edges of the cowl aligned with the longer edges as shown above.
Mark points on the edges and hand-sew the snap buttons.
Your ruffled cowl is ready!