My oh my, Easter is just around the corner. Where are you going to stash all those eggs? Why, in the hippity hop easter clutch, of course!
Click on read more to find out how you can make one all for yourself (or a friend if you're feeling generous!)
What do you need?Fabric for the bag outer and lining, some iron on interfacing, a teeny tiny scrap of velcro and some embroidery thread. You'll also need the pattern, which you'll find here.In your outer fabric cut two clutch bottoms , two ears, one face piece and one piece for the clutch strap that measures 10cm x 25cmIn your lining fabric cut
two clutch bottoms , two ears and one face pieceIn interfacing cut
two bag bottoms , two ears and one face piece. Before you begin fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the lining pieces.We'll start by attaching the Velcro for the clutch closure.Take the face piece that is cut out of lining fabric and one clutch bottom piece cut out of your outer fabric. Fold each piece in half lengthwise to find the mid point of both pieces
.On the face piece measure 4cm from the rounded end and attach the velcro in the middle at this point.On the bottom piece measure 6cm from the bottom and attach the velcro in the middle at this point
. The velcro is attached to the right side of the fabric on both piecesIt should look like this....
Carefully sew on the velcro and put these pieces to one side.
If you want, you can embroider the rabbit's face at this point onto the outer face piece. To be honest, I find it a little difficult to do it here - I'm not very good at taking onto account seam allowances etc when trying to position the features, so I do it when the clutch is almost completed.
Next, we're going to make the ears. With right sides together pin your outer and lining fabrics together and sew them together using a 1cm seam allowance. Leave the bottom open so that you can turn the ear through. Repeat for the other ear.
Turn the ears through and press carefully. Pinch the two bottom corners of the ear together to create a little pleat. pin and baste. Repeat for the other ear. They should look like this...
Now take the two face pieces. You should have already attached the velcro to the lining piece. Pin them right sides together and sew using a 1cm seam allowance. Make sure you leave the top (the straight side) open so that you can turn the face through. Trim the seams, clip the corners and turn through. Press carefully. (I scorched mine!) Pin the ears to the outer side of the face with the lining fabric of the ears facing downwards. Just like this....
Baste the ears in place.
Next, we're making the clutch strap. Take your 10cmx25cm strip of fabric and iron it in half lengthways to create a crisp centre fold.
Fold the two outer edges to the centre fold
Finally, fold the strip in half lengthwise so that all of the raw edges are folded to the middle. Top stitch down either side of the strip. (I forgot to take a photo of the top stitching... sorry!)
Right, now it's time to put the whole thing together. It's a bit like making a zippered purse without the zipper...
Start by taking the bottom piece of outer fabric that you stitched the velcro on and match it to the bottom lining piece. With right sides together sew along the straight edge at the top, using a 1cm seam allowance.
Next, take the other outer bottom piece of fabric and place it face up, then lay the head piece with the ears attached with the lining side facing up and then lay the lining piece right side down over the top. Pin and sew the straight edge at the top using a 1cm seam allowance. This picture might help you make a little more sense of it!
After you have sewn the pieces together, they should look like this....
Next you need to pin the strap to the clutch bottom. Fold the strap in half and pin it to the outer fabric of the clutch bottom. Make sure you pin it to the right side and make sure that the loop is facing in towards the bag. Other than that, you can position it where you like! Baste the strap in place.
Next, take the two clutch pieces and lay them flat so that the lining and outer fabrics are separated. With right sides together match the top of the front and back of the bag and pin carefully around all of the edges. Does this picture help? I know the material is completely different!
Sew around the edges using a 1cm seam allowance. You'll need to leave a 10cm opening in the lining so that you can turn your clutch through.
Trim your seams, clip the curves and turn through!
Using a water soluble marker, draw on the face.
Time to get embroidering! If you insert your needle through the side seam, pull the knot through and embroider only through the outer layer of fabric you wont see any of the embroidery on the back of the flap... clever, huh? I used satin stitch for the eyes and nose and back stitch for the mouth.
All you have to do is sew up the hole in the lining and you're done! It's time to go on an egg hunt!