This is the second clutch that I’ve made of my own design. The first was alright but needed some help. I decided to draft up my own pattern and see how it would turn out. I was trying another simple clutch. I’m calling this on the AJ Clutch (mainly because she had this fabric all over her walls when we came to visit but also because I think she’d like the simple shape). I know it’s hard to tell the size in these pictures, but the finished dimensions are approximately 15″ width x 7″ height and you only need 1/2″ yard max of each type of fabric.
You can’t really tell from the photo, but one side of the closure flap is curved and the other side is pointed. That flower was my first ‘yo-yo’ to ever make and I really like the way it turned out! It’s a fun embellishment that I learned about on Heather Bailey’s blog. There are some adjustments that need to happen to make this purse better – the biggest one is the proportions of the closure flap to the bag. And I want to learn how to install a magnetic snap (I’ve heard it isn’t hard at all) instead of using a regular snap or velcro. I’m going to redraft the pattern and try another one soon.
So here are my questions to you. What do you think of the design? A – if you sew, would you buy this pattern (with some improvements) as a pdf on etsy for $6 (it would be printable on average 8.5″x11″ paper); B – if you don’t sew, would you buy this clutch (in it’s finished form) for yourself for $15? I think what I’m going to end up doing is redrafting this pattern, making it again (hoping that it turns out a bit more like I was expecting) and then posting the pdf of the instruction and pattern for free (maybe I’ll sell the several test runs on etsy, or just give them away as Christmas presents). I’m going to try and do a series of free purse patterns (all named after my friends :)) so that I can get feedback on how I draw up patterns and write instructions. Then once I can create more complex sewing patterns, I’ll start to sell them on etsy. . . we’ll see. I’d loved feedback. . .
Update: Oh yeah, this is my 200th post! Yay!