The evening bat clutch:
A fun and flirty Halloween clutch. I had a different design in mind when I drew up all of these concepts, but as I progressed on the different projects, a thought occurred to me…my New Year’s resolution!
We’re already well into the second half of the year, and I have only completed two bags from The Bag Making Bible — I am so behind. As a result, I tossed out the design of a zipper purse and started working on this leather clutch instead.
I modified it a little, okay… more than a little, but I will come back to this pattern to learn the techniques I skipped. I used a blend of scraps for the bat strips, and the focal of the bat is made with Cotton + Steel. I love how all of the Cotton + Steel colors in their collections blend so well together. Very Smart C.S. ladies!
I had never sewn with leather before this clutch. Actually, I was dreading it. I thought this project was going to be difficult; mostly feared it would ruin my sewing machine. I was completely sure that it would be a nightmare. I called Las Cruces Bernina Sewing and Design, the store that sold my QE Aurora 440, to ask if I could sew leather with my machine and they said yes, I would just need a leather needle. I went to Quilt Basket to buy my needle and asked again and got the same answer. I got the reassurance I needed. So I took a deep breath and buckled down. Surprisingly, I finished this bag in a day! It was hard to maneuver because the leather is thick and squared, but I finished it — I really like it.
Here are some tips on sewing with leather:
- 1. You need a leather needle.
- 2. Take your time.
- 3. You can iron the back of your leather, but test a small scrap first. When you are done with the iron, wipe it off with some scrap fabric. I say this because the item I ironed directly after the leather had a little brown residue transferred to it.
More than a bat tote-
Although this bag was the last project I started in this Spooky Series, it has been on the back burner simmering waiting until I mentally pieced all of its components together. I am surprised!!! I feel very confident in my bag making skills. I have done a lot of them lately like, the Easter Bag-sket, Travel Bag, the Beetle Bag, the Book Bag, the Reversible Bucket Bag, the Car Trash Bag and the Ditty Bag. I had a lot of fun using techniques learned from these patterns and adding them to this bag. Taking it all of the way to the concept I drew to the actual three dimensional item that I created and can use. Finishing this bag has put a simile on my face from ear to ear. I just love creating! Don’t you!?
I would like to see your favorite bags. Post a link to your favorite pattern of a bag or even one that you have bought!