Friday, 13 May 2016

bags of use

This week was all about little makes. Those fun quick finishes! 

First I use up some patchwork from another project to make a Secret Pocket Envelope Clutch, teamed with Wild Goose with black spots, Just A Speck by Jen Kingwell.

I used a couple of my new Kam snaps and I love how cute they look! Very easy to install with the huge pliers they came with.

I top stitched the bag and quilted the outer panel with 50 weight Aurifil #2566, a lovely soft purple.

This is finish #3 from my fal list ✓

Next up I asked my Instagram friends to recommend a way to use lace zips, I had a couple of zips stashed away and wanted to use them. This is the Exposed Lace Zipper Pouch tutorial by Fort Worth Fabric Studio, recommended by Veronique.

It was super quick to make and really simple!

The outer fabric is Cottagely Posy, Priory Square by Katy Jones and the lining is Geometric Calico, Franklin by Denyse Schmidt.

The only thing I didn't like in the tutorial was the inner seams, my machine's zig zag isn't that great so I decided to make French seams instead. I simply stitched the sides of the bag on the outside, turned it inside out and stitched the sides with a bigger seam. It worked really well, you still see the ends of the zip on the inside but I think it's neat.

Finally this week I made a little something for myself! Very little...

I used the smallest size of the Secret Pocket Envelope Clutch pattern to make a business card holder and it's so cute!

(sorry I took the pictures so fast, before that air erasable pen dot went away!)

I used some precious Karen Lewis Textiles scraps in my favourite prints and colours. I asked on my Instagram what colour snap to use: yellow, light pink or hot pink. The resounding choice was hot pink and that works nicely since this is the back:

So that's another check off my fal list ✓ 
I'm doing pretty well checking off all the little things! One more clutch bag to make and maybe then I can move on to some quilts?!

Happy Friday 13th and I wish you all a wonderful weekend :)

Linking up:

at the lovely Quokka Quilts this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts


  1. very pretty. exact pointy corners!

  2. Lots of fun little projects! I love all those fabrics you've chosen. I'm going to have to look into the KAM snaps, those are nifty and give a great look to your finished project!

  3. Cute makes. I have one of those lace zippers too and have never been sure what to do with it. You have inspired me. I like the French seams too - very clever. Seems such a shame to make something lovely and have an ugly inside

  4. Everything looks so pretty Lucy! The pink snap was the perfect choice for the envelope clutch!

  5. Great wee makes Lucy, love the fancy zip, the snaps and the mini envelope clutch might have to go on my list.

  6. They look like so much fun! I love the lace zipper :) Great finishes

  7. So cute! I really love that hot pink snap. :-)

  8. Very cute pouches - I like your tip for the french seams too!

  9. hello, what size snaps do you use on the clutches and are they the long prongs?

    1. They are size T5 Kam snaps that I got in a set with pliers from eBay. They just have one plastic prong that squishes down when you press them in. They aren't especially long. Hope that helps! :)

  10. cute little pouch and good idea with French seams!

  11. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and your tip about doing a French seam on the fancy zipper pouch. I've got a few of the lace zips myself which I've not used so that'll be useful. Lovely fabrics on your pouches,

  12. Love those envelope bags, what a great pattern. And as for lace zips - never seen them here in my part of the world. But that's not to say they some shop or other doesn't stock them, only that I haven't yet found them!