I’m partnering with The Sewciety to bring you sneak peeks of the boxes each month. I’ve posted about The Sewciety before, when my husband bought a subscription for me last Christmas and I LOVED it! Each month fabric, pattern, and all notions needed to complete the pattern are mailed to you. The boxes also include little extras such as sewing accessories and a mini project! I made the mini project from May’s box and the main project from June’s box.
The main project for the June Box is any shirt pattern from one of my favorite companies: Patterns for Pirates! Patterns for Pirates was one of the first PDF pattern companies I tried and I credit them for helping me realize how fun and easy it could be to make clothes that actually fit me!
For the top pattern, I choose the Boho Babydoll as it was one of the few top patterns I didn’t already own. I was worried the gathers would make me look pregnant, which is why I avoided this pattern for so long. I was very skeptical while making it but I absolutely love how it turned out! And it doesn’t make to look pregnant!
This is now one of my favorite tops and I see lots more these shirts in my future.
The mini project for the May box was a fabric bin. I love the colors of the fabric and was excited to sew it up, thinking I could use it in my daughter’s room to store her hair accessories. While making it, I realized I loved the fabric too much and wanted to keep it for myself but didn’t have need for a fabric bin. So I decided to turn it into a clutch!
This is a super easy hack and I love how it turned out! In order to this fabric bag into a clutch, you will need a strap with clasp, a D ring, and a small strip of contrasting fabric to hold the D ring. You can find pre-made straps on Amazon and D rings in any craft store.
Here are the hack instructions:
- To make the clutch, follow all the steps as listed in the instructions, except you don’t need to flatten on out the bottom.
- Once the fabric is all sewn together you will have a lined, rectangle pouch. Simply fold over about 1/3 (more or less to your preference) to one side and iron so the fabric stays folded.
- Sew a button hole in the top center of the top flap.
- Sew a button onto the top center of the lining.
- Seam rip a small part of the main fabric only (not the lining), enough for the fabric with the D ring to be inserted.
- Sew the seam closed, sewing over the fabric to secure it.
- You can sew the clutch strap in when you are first assembling the bag for a cleaner finish. Just sew the strap in about 3.5 inches, or wherever you think your folded top will be, down from the top when you are sewing the main fabric together (step 3 of the printed instructions). I decided to make it a clutch after I had already sewn everything together so the finish isn’t as clean as I’d like!
- Clip the strap onto the D ring and you’re done!
Isn’t this such a fun little clutch?!?
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