Saturday, 15 January 2011

Cute as a button vintage clutch

Hello! How is everyone coping in this cold, dark January? If you're anything like me you're ensconced on the sofa in your jammies, with red wine/tea/cake/carbs and refusing to move. Do you find it more difficult to be creative? I certainly do.

In my last post I was moaning that I was lacking in motivation and energy to get any kind of creative activity happening. Life was just work, eat, telly, sleep. Not very inspiring! Well, it's still a bit like that to be honest, maybe I need more fresh air, a long walk and an iron supplement! But, also in my last post I set myself two goals in an attempt to drag myself out of my lethargy and I'm happy to say you don't have to shout at me (yet) because I have now completed one of them:

tah dah!

This is the 'cute as a button vintage clutch' from Pip Lincolne's book Meet me at Mikes. It was easy peasy to make, I faffed around quite a bit but I reckon you could do it from start to finish in about 30 minutes.

Pip suggested you make it out of a vintage teatowel for the outer purse body and a vintage pillow case for the inner, and throughout the instructions she refers to the fabric pieces as teatowel or pillow case. I just used some stash material, so I kept getting confused and having to check back whether the instructions referred to the inner or the outer pieces, in the end I had to go through the pattern and pencil it in. Apart from that I found the instructions easy to follow. The only difficulty I had was stitching a smooth curve around the purse flap - you can see I haven't quite managed it on the right hand side of the above picture! I had improved by the time I got to the other side, so my next attempt will be much better I'm sure. That will teach me to rush things at 11.30pm after a glass of wine! Have a look at Marie's versions, she has made a much better job of it than me. It's a fantastic little bag for make up, I'm not sure I would use it as a 'clutch' - maybe I'm just not a clutch kinda gal! I'd like to experiment, maybe scaling up the pattern a little bit to make it bigger and adding a shoulder strap. The pattern is very simple as you can see in the photo below:

only 3 pattern pieces
So, now at least I have created something this week. I also bought some material for the Rooibos (finally), so I'm hoping to cut that out this week.

Have a lovely weekend.



  1. This is gorgeous, way better than my first attempt! I love your fabric choice! I agree that it's too small for a clutch bag and I've been playing around with different and bigger designs based on a similar pattern.

  2. Ooo - I have the floral fabric in my stash!!! I love love LOVE it! Hoping to make a summer dress out of it, but worried it might be a bit too full on floral for a whole dress so it might end up as a skirt. And it's perfect for a clutch!

  3. Yay, you did it, well done! It looks great too, I love the flowered fabric and the button. Gold star. x