Saturday, November 29, 2014

Necessary Clutch Wallet


I recently finished my first Necessary Clutch Wallet (NCW) by Emmaline, showed it to a few friends and immediately got some orders! It is a lot of fun to make and has a variety of options that can be used to make it fit your needs. I absolutely love it!

You can order your pattern by clicking Emmaline. I did the instant download and found the directions very clear. You can also join NCW Addicts on facebook for lots of help and additional files to help you personalize your own NCW.


I did my NCW in cotton quilting batiks in Arizona Sunset colors. I followed the basic pattern other than using the wristlet option and the zipper tab option. Both options are available in the files section of the NCW Addicts FB group. You must have the basic pattern first, the additional files do not work without the pattern.

I used the suggested interfacing, but after getting a very uneven front flap, I searched the files and found one called NCW Border Placement Alternative Method. I took apart my flap, recut my border piece and trimmed my peltex per the instructions. Put it all back together and got a much nicer flap with the border. I am currently making 3 without the border, but with the double zipper option in the files, 2 will have long straps and one will have a wristlet. See the photo below of the fabrics chosen and cutout. Awaiting hardware and zippers before I can do much more.

Will just have a wristlet. Exterior flap cut from a repurposed piece of faux leather.

Will have a long strap.

Will have a long strap.
Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. And He knows those who trust in Him."   Nahum 1:7

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Zipper Pouches, Zipper Pouches

My sister talked me into doing a craft fair with her recently (she makes very nice jewelry) and so, in addition to a number of the purses I have done as tests, I made a number of zipper pouches to have some lesser expensive things to sell. My sister and I had a great time spending a day together, but the crowd was sparse and not buying anything from anyone. Anyway, that is not the point of this long overdue blog....zipper pouches are the point. I made a number of them last year as Christmas gifts for friends and family and they were so well received, I thought I would make some more.

All of the fabrics are quilting cottons, scraps from other projects that I couldn'g bear to part with. The one with bird houses was from a larger piece that had this lovely border on the bottom. All but the small pouch in the front with the autumn leaves pattern were quilted (because I love to quilt small items) and have boxed bottoms. All are lined and one or two have slip pockets inside.

The two on the upper left (gorgeous blue and black floral and the lovely striped multi-color pattern) have top zippers. The others all have zippers placed a bit down from the top. In the middle, above the birdhouses, the light aqua one, has an exposed zipper and decorative stitching using stitches from my sewing machine. The darker blue-green on above it, has a detachable flower that I had made some time ago on my embroidery machine doing embroidery on organza. 

The largest one on the upper right was designed to incorporate a test of an embroidery design.  Zipper pouches are just one of a number of ways I have been able to use the test stitches of embroidery designs. 

Making zipper pouches is a great way to use up small pieces of fabric, practice quilting, and wind up with a lot of lovely gifts to share or sell. They are easy to make and you will find a wide variety of free tutorials online. Once I tried a few different tutorials, then I just adapted and made whatever sizes fit the fabric scraps I had. Unfortunately, this little endeavor did not even make a dent in my fabric scraps, so I will be doing more pouches and other small items in between larger projects. 

I am currently doing my first Necessary Clutch Wallet in what I call Arizona sunset colors. As soon as it is finished I will blog about it. I took photos of last night's spectacular sunset on our walk and you can see one below.

May God be with you until we chat again! Happy sewing.