gathered clutch tutorial

4.22.2010




A huge thanks to Dana and Disney for doing such a great job of rounding up all sorts of wonderful mother's day projects! 


Materials needed:

  • 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you'll definitely have scraps leftover)
  • 8" zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the package
  • scraps of medium weight fusible interfacing


Cutting the pieces:
For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5" tall by 9" wide, and one 5.5" tall by 13" wide (this will be the gathered front)
Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5" tall by 9" wide
For the front band, cut one piece 4" tall by 9" wide.
For the lining, cut two pieces 5.5" tall by 9" wide
For the zipper end covers: two pieces 1.5" tall by 2.5" wide.
Optional Parts:
For the divider pocket, cut one piece 8" tall by 9" wide (apply interfacing to half, you'll need at 4" x 9" piece)
For the card holders, cut one piece 7" tall by 9" wide (apply interfacing to half, you'll need at 3.5" x 9" piece)

Seriously, the most time consuming part for me is always picking out my fabrics and cutting them, the rest goes together pretty easy, so let's go!

Take the front band piece and fold it in half the long way (right sides together) and sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. 


Turn tube right side out and press with seam in the middle.  Set aside.

Grab the 13" wide main exterior piece.  Sew two lines of gathering stitches down the middle, about 1" apart. 


Pull the top threads to gather, pull until the length is 9" long.  Press the gathers in place. 


Take the front band and pin it in the middle of the exterior piece you just finished. 


Top stitch along each side of the band.  Take the 5.5" tall by 9" interfacing piece and iron it to the WRONG side of the gathered piece.  This makes all the gathering and stitching stay in place nicely.  Set aside.

Make the divider pocket: 


Fuse interfacing to half of the piece. 


Fold fabric in half with WRONG sides together, press.  Topstitch along folded edge and then add another line of topstitching about 1/4" below the first line of topstitching.  Set aside.

Make the card holders:


Fuse interfacing to half of the piece.  Fold fabric in half with WRONG sides together, press.


Topstitch along folded edge and then add another line of topstitching about 1/8" below the first line of topstitching. 


Take one piece of the lining fabric and line up the card holder with raw edges together, one on top of the other baste along side and bottom edged of card holder (the plaid fabric). 


Grab your credit card or driver's license and mark with a pin how far you want your card to stick up from the slot.  Sew a line across the lining/card holder piece where you marked with the pin.  Sew one line of stitching down the center of the card holder. 

Take your card again and mark with a pin where the edge of your card is (you can leave a little wiggle room, but it's nice to keep it pretty snug to hold your cards in place).  Sew a line for the side of the card, repeat for other side.  Now you should have two card holders!  Set aside.

Making the end tabs for the zipper:


Fold the piece of fabric in half width wise, turn down each raw edge to the center crease and press (the pic above doesn't show it pressed in far enough).  Repeat for other end tab. 


Take your zipper and sandwich the fabric around the zipper, just covering the little metal bits.


Topstitch a line straight across the zipper end tab with a very small seam allowance being careful not to hit the metal parts!  Repeat for other end.  Trim the fabric tabs to the width of the zipper. 

IMPORTANT!  The length of the zipper with the tabs on should measure 8.5" end to end. 

Baste the card holders to one piece of lining and the divider pocket to the other piece of  lining, aligning the raw edges at the bottom.

Almost done! 

Assembling the clutch:

Place your gathered exterior piece RIGHT side up (whoops!, had it wrong in the pic, don't worry, just get out your seam ripper and start again).  Put the zipper teeth side down with the pull tab to the LEFT.  Then put the lining piece WRONG side up.  Pin in place. 


Using your zipper foot sew along the edge of this zipper sandwich.  Flip pieces so the WRONG sides are together.

***Please note that in a few of these shots the zipper with end tabs sewn on is longer than the clutch exteriors and linings, it was the first one I made and have since made adjustments to the measurements, all updates are included here in the tutorial.


Grab the other exterior piece, place RIGHT side up.  Put the zipper teeth side down with the pull tab on the RIGHT this time. Place the remaining lining piece WRONG side up on top of the zipper.  Pin in place, sew.  Flip pieces so the WRONG side are facing each other.  Press! 


Put your regular sewing foot back on and sew a line of topstitching on either side of the zipper.

Now open your zipper about halfway, don't forget this!  I actually forgot to do this on all three clutches, don't worry, you can still wiggle the zipper open if you carefully pull at it through the fabric.


Place the exterior pieces RIGHT sides together and the lining pieces RIGHT sides together.  


Sew all around the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 3-4" opening in the lining for turning.  Make sure you try to sew right next to the zipper end tabs and not actually throught them, click here for a visual.  Clip corners.  It also helps to sew with a slightly larger seam allowance when you sew around the lining pieces.

Turn the clutch right side out.  Push corners out.  Stitch the opening in the lining closed using a small seam allowance.  Tuck the lining into the clutch.  Press again and your DONE!!!   Phew.  It does seam like a lengthy process, but it really does sew up pretty quickly.  For the biggest time saver, just skip the divider pocket and card holders! Or add a handle!  The one below I just put in a mini pocket!

**Update**  If you don't add the divider or card pockets, I would recommend adding a layer of fusible fleece or even canvas as interfacing, it will make the clutch more sturdy.

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Have fun with it and give that mom in your life a big hug!


Have a great Mother's Day!

** UPDATE**  Interior shots
interior card holders (2 - side by side)

interior pocket divider (it's the green polka dot fabric)

379 comments :

  1. Anna, I love it so much!! I think I might have to make one...or two...for myself. Your tutorials are great!

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  2. This is beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial! & I love that idea of putting end tabs @ the zipper. That would solve many of my (broken needles) problems! thank you! I am trying this tonight!

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  3. Thanks for this tutorial! it's wonderful!
    Is a great gift for a mother
    regards!

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  4. this is so gorgeous...and the possibilities are endless.

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  5. Too Cute. Love it. A must on my list. Cant believe I havent come across your blog befour, your so talented. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow, beautiful! On top of my todo list! Thank you very much for the tutorial!

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  7. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness! The instructions and pics are super clear, can't wait to try this...

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  8. Those are darling! I don't know if I can sew good enough to make one, I've never put a zipper in before. I may print your instructions and try it though! Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Happy Spring!

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  9. THANKS for the tutorial! I'm totally going to make one of these (at least!)!

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  10. Oh how lovely! Bookmarking for later. Thanks so much for sharing such a great how to!

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  11. Thank you for this tutorial. These clutches are so beautiful! May I post about this tutorial in my blog?

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  12. So cute Anna!!! Thank-you for the great tutorial! I neeeeeeeeeed to make one of these!

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  13. WOW!! ADORABLE!!! Excellent tutorial! Can't wait to try it out!

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  14. Another great "hit", Anna. I love the look with the gathers. I'll have to bookmark this one, too!

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  15. Wonderful tutorial and so well explained, too! Thanks for going to all the trouble!

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  16. Oh boy, this is definitely my favorite tute of yours so far! I love this design! It's definitely going on my "to-do" list :-)

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  17. Oh my! This is SOO cute! Thank you so much for making this a tutorial for us! I can't wait to make one (or ten!)

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  18. Oh I am in looove! I need something to stick in my purse to hold stamps and stuff like that, and this would be PERFECT to keep them same with!

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  19. Another cute clutch! This makes 2 days in a row that I've had to add adorable clutches to my "I Must Make This" List.

    I love the pleats and texture in this one. So wonderful.

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  20. So completely adorable!! I've moved into a new purse and need a new wallet -- this is definitely on my list! :o)

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  21. Incredible project and one of the best, most detailed tutes I've seen. Although not an easy project, the way you break it down should help even beginner sewers succeed! Thanks for a great tutorial. I'll be linking on Facebook.

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  22. Thank you so much for this tutorial! The clutches are beautiful! I think I found my Mother's Day gift for all my wonderful friends! I'll be posting your DIY on my blog :)

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  23. prettiest clutch i've ever seen. it is rainy and stormy here today. looks like i'll be making a clutch! thank you for another wonderful tutorial.

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  24. Oh my, how cute! My hubs and I are going on vacation this weekend and this would be so much fun to take with in my carry on and for a few date nights! :) I am so making one of these during nap time this afternoon!! :) Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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  25. I love it! So pretty! Will definitely make one soon. Will post link to my blog. Thanks!

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  26. Ooh Wow! I love this. Want to sew one immediately. Thanks for your tutorial

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  27. This is such a great tutorial. You are pretty good at showing exactly what to do, so thanks a bunch for that! Can you tell me the name of the fabric you used?... The plaid w/ flowers is really adorable!

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  28. Hi, I came here from Made. And now I'm hooked! :) Thanks for the tutorial. I know what my friends and my mom are getting for Mother's day!

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  29. This is so pretty! I love how you gathered the pouch! I never would have thought of that !!
    I'm totally making one of these!

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  30. Oh wow! You outdid yourself. . .those are fantastic!

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  31. Great tutorial and lovely project. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I am a new sewer and this was such a great tutorial. The step by step photos. So inspired Anna. Thank you.

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  33. I love this! Brilliant. I'm going to give it a try. The pockets make it stellar & the gathers are lovely.

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  34. i cannot tell you how much i <3 you right now. i bought two 1/4-yard remnants of a print i love and until now, had no idea what to do with them.
    thank you so much!

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  35. I am gonna make one of these for my mother, who has everything, I know she doesn't have this.
    thank you for the tutorial.

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  36. I love this Anna! So cute and feminine! Great job. (Must make some this weekend.)

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  37. I love this! I'm going to make one for my aunt who has had a rough year since she is town! This will be fun.

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  38. Anna! Those are great! I really love them. Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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  39. So cute! Would it be poor form to make one for myself for Mother's Day?

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  40. I think those are the cutest clutches I've ever seen, for real! I love the pressed gathers in the middle. You are so smart!

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  41. Wow Anna - These are so cool. I had bought some zippers to try your other purse pouches so will definately have this one on my list too. Thanks

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  42. Thanks, I love this! I just made two small zippered pouches this weekend but I love the variation of the gathers.

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  43. This is soooooooooooo super cute!!!!
    Thanks!! I hope I can sew this weekend!

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  44. Great tutorial Anna! I'll be making a few of these!

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  45. This is wonderful. I love the clutch and can't wait to make one (or a dozen). Your instructions are very well-written. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

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  46. Excellent pictures to show what to do with each step! Thank you! Good gift idea!

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  47. oh I LOOOVE this! such a great idea to make a simple project so totally rockin' !

    Laci
    http://zigzagsthisandthats.blogspot.com/

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  48. Beautiful idea Anna! How you find time to create such beautiful things is beyond me. And how kind to share your process with the rest of us! I know what I'm making my sister for her birthday May 3! :)

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  49. I love your pattern. Thank you.

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  50. SOOOOO cute! I love it for moms, but also for teacher thank yous!

    Thanks YOU!

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  51. This tutorial is so well done! If I have the time, I'm going to make one for my mom! And maybe me too.

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  52. Thank you everyone for such sweet comments, it really keeps me going! I wish more of you had your email in your blogger profile so I could say thank 'in person'. :)

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  53. These are really wonderful. And I am totally wishing I had seen this tutorial before I ventured out on a zipper tutorial of my own the other day. Haha. You have such great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  54. Your pics really make it so easy to follow your tutorial. great stuff and soooo cute.

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  55. FANTASTIC tutorial!! Thank you so much!

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  56. Oh! It's so CUTE!! Can I link your tut on my blog?
    thanks

    Eleonora

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  57. Thank you for sharing this amazing tutorial! I love clutches, and I think these will be great for making as gifts.

    :) Deb

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  58. Thank you so much for posting this wonderfull tutorial! Ciao, ti mando un caro saluto dall'Italia! pia

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  59. LOVE this, and will be making some!

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  60. Adorable! I'll definitely be making these soon. The little gathers are perfect.

    etsy.com/shop/sewlopatterns

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  61. I love this and will definitely be making some soon! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  62. A very classy looking clutch. I will definitely be making several of these. I'm sure my daughter will love them!

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  63. I have a silly question. In the supplies section, do you mean a total of 1/4 yard of all three fabrics or 1/4 of fabric total? Thanks! This is the perfect Mother's Day gift for my sister and MIL
    email: anna.onofrio@gmail.com

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  64. I just might have to kiss you. I've been watching MADE for a great mother's day idea and THIS WAS IT! I just finished making the first one, and it actually turned out. (I've never done anything close to a zipper before.... SO nervous.) Your tutorial made is perfectly understandable. I'm amazed I did this! Thank you SO much!

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  65. Fantastic tutorial, I love the wee clutch and you make the zipper look easy... I have featured this tutorial on the Freebies for Crafters blog.

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  66. Thanks for the tutorial! I might be making one for me and my friend, tomorrow. I love it!

    Adin B
    http://itssewtasticmama.blogspot.com/

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  67. it was a love from the first sight, I had to make one of these. I learn from you a lot, especially, to cover the zipper ends, it looks much better, thanks again, and keep making your wonderful crafts

    Shir

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  68. Muchísimas gracias por el tutorial, besos

    Chelo

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  69. aww great tutorial, its really lovely..tfs

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  70. wow these look beautiful. I dont have a sewing machine but I may attempt one by hand.

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  71. Qué lindo proyecto , me encantó !!!!!!!!!muchas gracias por compartirlo, el tutorial es impecable!

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  72. What a great tutorial! That looks so easy, even I could probably make one (and finish it!) I think I'll try making one for my sister, I have the perfect fabric too. Thanks for making and posting this! I'm a new follower now. Oh and I LOVE your name!

    Anna

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  73. Lovely tutorial! I would like to translate it to swedish and hand it out to my high school students as an idea, with your permission of course!

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  74. Hi Anna! Thank you once again for an easy tutorial and I made one for myself today. I posted it on my blog. :)

    Adin B
    http://itssewtasticmama.blogspot.com/

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  75. OMG These are truly amazing, I'm a novice at this kind of stuff, but I'm gonna try, try, tryyyyyy! I hope I can pull it off. Thanks for a great tutorial! :)

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  76. What a great tutorial and clutch! I bookmarked it and and shared it on Reader but completely forgot to come and thank you personally! :) Can't wait to make one of my own.

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  77. Mayya, from Sew Chic and Unique has featured this tutorial in her "vote to sew it” this week. I will be doing one for my Mother, who now we take just her CC and ID with us to the DR office. I think she will feel like she has her purse along. I have just the fabric for it as I buy many fat quarters for quilts and projects. Thanks to you and Mayya for bringing us together. Carylanne http://sewchicandunique.com/2010/04/get-ready-set-vote/

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  78. OMG, This tutorial is perfect in everyway. Thank you for taking the time to make and post it.

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  79. I don't know how I missed this one. I love the gathered front. I definitely want to try it. I hope I have an 8" zipper around.

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  80. I'm an official noodlehead now - I made my first bag today, and posted a picture to my blog, linking back to you :) Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial - I'll be making more of these - they're quick, easy and best of all - pretty!

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  81. This is SO cute! Thanks so much for sharing! I posted a link to your blog on my craft forum!

    - Elizabeth (missimagination.com)

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  82. made 2 of these over the weekend. thanks so much for the tute. my only issue was the little zipper tabs never turned out looking as nice as yours, but overall, such a great and easy project.

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  83. these clutches look very pretty! i love them.
    i made one by myself. (ok, just similar)

    thanks for the tutorial!!

    many greetings, doro.

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  84. Hi! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I hope someday i'll get the courage to try and make something so beautiful. Greatings from Portugal, Raquel

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  85. Just made my first one. GREAT pattern, I love the gathered front, so easy to follow! thanks!!!

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  86. these are GORGEOUS!!! can't wait to get my mom's 70's sewing machine oiled up and working. these are at the top of my project list!

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  87. wonderful! i just finished one for my little sister and im about to start the next one for myself and one for mum too! thankyou for your tutorial, its so easy to understand and the pictures really help!
    after this im going to try your other purse tutorial too! xxx

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  88. Cara senhora,
    muitissimo obrigada pelas explicações e pelo trabalho maravilhoso!!!
    abraços de Maria Filomena

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  89. These are adorable and look easy to make. As soon as I get into my new house and get the machine unpacked I will be making one for me and my mom. Thanks for sharing.

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  90. Muito linda,,,obrigada pela dica,,,,,

    thanks!!!!


    sandra mayer-Brazil

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  91. I have this on my Crafty To Do List and can't wait to try it! I have a few questions - when do you attach the polka dot divider pocket and also do you have a photo of what the clutch looks like on the inside with the divider pocket and card holders? Thanks!

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  92. Ok, I did it. Took me all day but it's done. Couple questions. I did'nt see 8" zipper at the fabric store, so used a 9". I did'nt get it set in right. The tabs at the end do not show and there is a slight curve to the zipper ends. Can you explain how to measure the zipper? Can't wait to make more!!! Thank you, love your blog

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  93. Sonhei com isso, com uma necessaire franzida e encontrei esse pap maravilhoso.
    Obrigada!!
    Beijos
    Vânia G
    Joinville-SC Brasil
    I dreamed of this, with a furrowed necessaire pap and found this wonderful.
    Thank you!
    Kisses
    Vania G
    Joinville-SC Brazil

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  94. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I can't wait to make one!

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  95. Okay, I just finished one this morning and it turned out great. The only thing I had a hard time with were getting the zipper pull tabs to look right in the end, (this was my first zipper)but I think I got it. I love this and am making another one tomorrow. I'll post some pics on my blog after mother's day since they're gifts for my sis and MIL. I'll email you one if I can figure out how. Anyway-thanks again for your post and your help. :)

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  96. Hi:D Thank you for the tutorial :D I made one for my Mom for Mother's Day (just in the mail, but I'm pretty sure she's gonna love it!)I didn't add the zipper tabs (in hindsight, I really, really should have) and I added a handle. You can see it here: http://toughiesews.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-am-jobe.html
    Thanks again, you do some lovely work. :D
    Trudy

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  97. Okay, where did you get your fabulously colorful zippers? All I can find are the classic colors (white, beige, black). Thanks for the tutorial! I am making one for mom and me.

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  98. Yay! I made one. I hope to make many, many more for gifts!!! You are awesome Anna, thanks.

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  99. Thanks for the tutorial! I made one for my Mom for Mother's Day...just finished!

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  100. Thanks for the tutorial. I love this project & may be addicted. You can see my pics here: http://oneprojectaday.blogspot.com/2010/05/gathered-clutch.html.

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  102. Super cute!! Thanks for the tip on covering the zipper ends. I have never done that before. Super great!! And for fusing the interfacing to the already ruched piece. Super helpful! I hope to make one of these semi-soon!

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  103. Found you from Creation Corner...ADORABLE work, and thanks for the tutorial!

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  104. Thanks for sharing, Anna - what a cute and easy project to either spruce up one's personal accessory stash, or to give as a gift!
    (mine started out as a gift but I think I'll keep it!)
    Blogged at roseleej.blogspot.com

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  105. This tutorial is great! I already made one and your instructions are easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing! Greetings from Germany.

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  106. I love these clutches. I am having the same problems with the zipper as some other people. I tried to cut down a 9" zipper to 8". It worked a little better, but still was not as nice as yours. Could I use a 7" zipper and make the tabs a little longer. Also do you have any tips for making the fabric straight after you pulled the ruffles. I love you blog and enjoy all of your tutorials.

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  107. Hey Christa! Glad you like the clutches. Yes! You sure could use a 7" zipper and make the tabs longer. Or you could extend the sizes of the exterior and lining (and inside pieces) all to be 9.5 inches. I didn't leave a lot of wiggle room for error. The main thing is when you sew the clutch together after the zip is installed is to try and NOT sew over the tabs, just go right next to them. It'll make it turn out much better.

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  108. Awesome tutorial! I didn't know if you had a flickr group set up for all the version people make from this, but here is mine in case you care to see!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/somethingcheeky/4609888262/in/photostream/

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  109. That is seriously adorable! I can't wait to make this for all of our membership passes! I have filed this at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  110. Hi, I'm smitten with this little project and just bought some cute fabric today with this in mind. After reading through your instructions, I'm a little confused about the divider pocket. Is the divider pocket also called the credit card pocket? I didn't see a divider in your photos and don't want to miss out on an important design feature.

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  111. I did it!! I saw two of them, one for my mom and other for my mother-in-law.
    Easy and gorgeous! You were right, I spent more time cutting than sewing it.

    Thanks very much!

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  112. I totally adore these purses! If you don't mind, I made a link to this tutorial on my website www.kloske.nl

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  113. I sooooo agree Anna! I'm trying to pick out fabrics right now and it's definitely taking a lot of time!

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  114. I made one, and in making it, I realized that I could also use the back's layout to make a pencil roll for my mom! I posted about it here: http://craftdiscovery.blogspot.com/2010/05/tutorial-gathered-pencil-roll.html
    Thanks for inspiring me!

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  115. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial! I made a few for teacher gifts this year and posted pictures on my blog.

    Emily
    saltwaterkids@gmail.com

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  116. Love your blog and the name of it!! Not to mention the drawing!! That's about all I can draw .. stick men!! Great tutorials :))))

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  117. Thank you for this great tutorial. I made a clutch yesterday, and it turned out really nice. The only thing I changed was to sew the lining a little smaller than the outside. Now it fits better into the clutch.

    If you like, you can have a look at it on my blog. I linked to you tutorial.

    http://butzelmaennchen.blogspot.com/2010/05/geruscht-und-gerollt.html

    And you know what: I just found out that your daughters are your noodleheads. Can you guess who are my Butzelmännchen?

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  118. Thanks for posting your tutorial. I bookmarked it for weeks now and finally had the chance to make one yesterday. The instructions were easy to follow. I've linked this post on my blog:

    http://rabbitandpiggie.blogspot.com/2010/05/gathered-clutch.html

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  119. I adore this clutch! It's so cute! Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial - I can't wait to try it out!

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  120. ok...just made it and i think the tutorial was awesome, except one little thing...(that's probably obvious to people with more sewing/zipper experience than me!)...

    when you said push the zipper tabs to the liner side, i tried to make mine look like yours but it just made mine look pinched on top...not like yours?...

    are my zipper tabs too small?

    thanks! - it's still cute even with the pinched top!

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  121. Lovely!
    I have a question that I have been asking around: How do you feel about people swapping items made from your free patterns/tutorials? Example, I swap a lot on Craftster. Would you mind if I made something from your tutorial to swap for something for myself? (Of course you would always be given credit as the designer of the pattern.)
    Thanks!

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  122. Thanks for this! I made mine with linen and Hunky Dory, and I love it. I will blog about it and link it back here :-)

    www.ocd-obsessivecraftingdisorder.blogspot.com

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  123. Thank you so much!
    It's a wonderful tutorial.

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  124. erin~ email me and I can give you a more specific answer, but you just want to make sure the zip (with the tabs on) measures about 8.5" and then do not sew through them when you go to sew up the exterior/lining...

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  125. Muchas gracias por compartir con nosotras tus ideas de costura.
    ♥♥♥♥♥
    http://mireyacouture.canalblog.com/

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  126. thank you, that is a wonderful tut. The gathered front is perfect!

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  127. girl this is great: i am looking for a pattern to do my first zip on!
    xxthankyoU!

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  128. What a lovely little bag! Thanks so much for sharing. Definitely going to make several.

    ...now to figure out what fabric to use:-)

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  129. I'm s making this one! Thankyou!!!

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  130. Thank you for the great tutorial. I have linked it at the new online sewing community: mysewingcircle.com

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  131. I just made my first one. It took me longer because I kept making small mistakes; but I got through it. It should be easier with the next one. This is a fun, cute project, with mega "ooh-ahh" factor! Thanks so much!

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  132. Wow- I just made one of these last night (it's perfect for me because I bearly wear a purse- usually just a diaper bag with a wallet in it- and this one can work either way!) and I love it! I've already gotten compliments on it this morning! (I blogged about it here: http://theabsoluteluckiest.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-spoke-too-soon.html)

    The one part I had a problem with was sewing the lining shut at the end- it says "stitch closed using a small seam allowance". Do you basically topstitch it? Use a hidden stitch? I did a little zig-zag stitch (because really, who's gonna see?) and it lays flat, but there's got to be a prettier way! Thanks!

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  133. I've just found what I'm making for this year's family Dirty Santa gifts. These are going to be great. I wonder what else I'll find in your tutorials. You give great directions!

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  134. Hi,
    Thanks so much for the great tutorial!
    I just started sewing, and I found this challenging, but I did it, LOL.
    Take care,
    Kat

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  135. Wow! This tutorial made me so happy. Can't wait to try it!!

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  136. Hi, I love this tutorial, thank you :)
    I can not wait to make it :)

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  137. I made one of these tonight for a teacher gift, and I love it! I have two others cut out and ready to go, so I'm looking forward to making a couple more soon, especially now that I've tackled one. The trickiest part, for me, was sewing around the whole thing, around those zipper tabs. Next time, though, I'll have a better idea of what to do. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  138. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I made one tonight as a gift for a friend, and I know she is going to LOVE it! Thanks again!

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  139. I love this style and appreciate your willingness to share your pattern and expertise. Thanks so much.

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  140. these are so cute and I like the idea of the small amount of fabric on the ends of the zipper...I keep making mine too small and have to sew over the zipper...great idea...

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  141. These rock!! I want to make one for when we go on vacation later this summer. I'm thinking that maybe I can add a wrist strap to one end so I can hang on to it better. Thanks for the tutorial! I read through it and I think I can do it. Not sure about a couple of points but I have a feeling that I'll figure it out when I actually see it going together. : )

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  142. Thanks for the great tutorial. I loved making this little purse and hope to make some more for Christmas presents (if I can part with them!).

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  143. Thanks for this tutorial Anna! I enjoyed making the clutch a lot ;-)

    See finished product:
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4700479&l=9c06056222&id=714046905

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  144. Darling bag... but, I dont't understand this instruction: "Make sure you try to sew around the zipper end tabs and not actually throught them."
    I'm just not getting that neat boxed look at the end of the zippers.
    ski1402@verizon.net

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  145. This is really lovely. I don't understand the measuring with inches, but I guess I'll find out how to turn it into centimeter. Thank you so much for shearing :)

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  146. i just copied (and gave you credit) this! see how it turned out! http://thethriftyba.blogspot.com/2010/06/if-your-name-is-brittany-and-today-is.html

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  147. i made my own and gave you credit... thanks for the tutorial.

    Rocio

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  148. I just made my first one tonight... Thank you for making it SEW easy! I have never even attempted a zipper before! I am not posting mine till Sat. but I'll come back and leave a link when I do :) I will be cranking these out for Christmas gifts now!!

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  149. I just made my first one tonight... Thank you for making it SEW easy! I have never even attempted a zipper before! I am not posting mine till Sat. but I'll come back and leave a link when I do :) I will be cranking these out for Christmas gifts now!!

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  150. I just made my first one tonight... Thank you for making it SEW easy! I have never even attempted a zipper before! I am not posting mine till Sat. but I'll come back and leave a link when I do :) I will be cranking these out for Christmas gifts now!!

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  151. I just made my first one tonight... Thank you for making it SEW easy! I have never even attempted a zipper before! I am not posting mine till Sat. but I'll come back and leave a link when I do :) I will be cranking these out for Christmas gifts now!!

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  152. As fotos do passo a passo(PAP) são auto explicativas. Parabéns! Obrigada! Thank you brodher! Deus lhe abençoe, proteja e ilumine sempre a sua vida em todos os momentos!
    Como não sei traduzir as explicações prá portugues, entendo muito bem com a sequência das fotos.Abraços e beijos.
    Marize Trigueiro/Maceió-ALAGOAS/BRASIL.

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  153. I just got done making this and i love it!! Def going to make alot more!! Thank you!

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  154. I just made mine this afternoon. I machine embroidered the little strip on the front panel and I'm very pleased with the result!

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  155. Great tutorial! I love the design. I might have to make some of these for my sisters, mom and myself! ;)

    mommyoftwo247.blogspot.com

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  156. I love this clutch! It's so adorable - I can't wait to make my own! Posted a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/07/gathered-clutch.html

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Missy

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  157. I Love these!

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Crystal

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  158. Absolutely lovely! I blogged about it and linked to your blog.
    Alexandra Alcantara
    juricaqro@gmail.com
    http://panenka.squarespace.com (this is my blog in English)

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  159. Thank you for the tutorial I finally got to make it!! http://simplyjessarmywife-jessicapercifull.blogspot.com/2010/07/gathered-clutch.html

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  160. Anna, will you please tell me the name of the fabric you used for your tutorial clutch? I'm salivating over it and would love to find some of my own. Thanks so much!! writetoleslie at gmail dot com

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  161. I have a question for you :) I recently made one of these clutches, and had a problem when sewing around the outer and inner layers. When you say "Make sure you try to sew right next to the zipper end tabs and not actually throught them," I'm not entirely sure what you mean. How do you sew next to them and not through them, when (like in your picture) they stick out beyond the actual sides?? I just can't get my zipper top to look anywhere near as nice or square as yours, and would love to know what you mean by that.

    Thanks!!

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  162. Hey Kristin~
    Basically I guess it's a case of do as I say not as I do. :) The photos are taken with one of the first ones I had sewn, and afterwards I made a few slight adjustments. Just follow what the directions say and the most important part is to make sure the zipper with the end tabs sewn on is no longer than 8.5" long (thus allowing room for a 1/4" seam allowance on each side, and allowing you to sew right next to the tabs). Hope that helps!

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  163. Anna,

    Thanks for the quick response. :) I kind of figured that because when I made mine, they didn't stick out like your picture. However, when I did sew just right next to them instead of through them, I could see a hole between the bag and the zipper tabs, so I had to go and turn it inside out again and try again. Any suggestions? :(

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  164. no problem K, how about you shoot me an email? graham.anna@gmail.com
    :)

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  165. I just made my first one and am thinking about modifying the gathering into pleats. I absolutely love this clutch and was happy to find that it fits all of my cosmetics! Thanks for putting such a great tutorial together.

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  166. Just put one of these babies together today. It was fun and I love how the possibilities are endless. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I might have to make one for each day of the week!

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  167. Thank you so much for this great tute!! I started one last night, but was tired and kept making mistakes. :P I was able to fix everything today and am very pleased. I am happy to have found a pattern that I can use to make this year's round of holiday gifts! :) Thanks again!!

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  168. I made this clutch Sunday night and love it! Your directions were so easy to follow. Thanks for posting the tutorial!

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  169. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh it's so beautiful!!!!
    I want it!! ^^
    icicestout.blogspot.com

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  170. I just found this!! I will definitely be making some as Christmas gifts this year!!!

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  171. I love this! One of my readers gave me a tip to try your tutorial - I loved making them. I need a bit of practice, but I enjoyed the challenge ;)

    http://amijustmom.blogspot.com/2010/08/gathered-clutch.html

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  172. I used this super tutorial, and you can see it here: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/hear-me-roar-cell-phones-clutch.

    Thank you so much!

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  173. Thanks for the great tutorial. These are super cute! I'll definitely be making one or two of these!

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  174. I made one tonight, and wish I had read the comments beforehand! It turned out beautiful except for, like many others, the tabs on mine look pinched rather than square. After reading everyone's comments I think figured out the problem and am anxious to try again. I may even add a small belt buckle to my band across the middle! So many possibilities! Have you made any that are larger? I was wondering if there were any tricks to keeping them stable.

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  175. hey lacey, yes, I did make updates to the post reflecting other people's comments. Fusible fleece and/or canvas would make a great interfacing for a larger version. :)

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  176. These are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your version! I had seen a simple youtube video about a change purse and styles on etsy for inspiration and the first day I had my new sewing machine I stitched up 6 of these adorable gifts! I love your detailed directions and photos too! thanks again!

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  177. I love this! I made one for my daughter for school. You can check it out over on my blog at myenchantingmemories.com.

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  178. Recent follower... :) I LOVE all of your tutorials! You make it very simple to understand for beginner sewers. This one is by far my favorite little project--I am obsessed with purses of any kind! I've received MANY compliments on my clutches so far :) Thank you again for the awesome tutorial--it's a perfect "blueprint" for many other styles! I have you linked on my blog for this!
    <3 Anngela
    http://anngelasprettylittlethings.blogspot.com/2010/08/go-handmade.html

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  179. I FINALLY made one! Shocking, I know :). Thanks for such a great tutorial Annna, I can't wait to make more! I posted about it here:

    http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/2010/08/noodleheads-gathered-clutch.html

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  180. this is so cute! thanks for sharing!

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  181. These are great and I will definitely be making a few for Christmas!

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  182. I need to make a purse for a fundraiser for cancer research. It will be a donation and the money will go 100% to fight cancer. I am planing to use your tutorial for my contribution. Thank you very much for sharing. Cissa

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  183. Super awesome pattern. I don't normally like clutches since they have no straps. I made this thinking it would make a nice present but as soon as I was done, I put my wallet, keys and phone in it and now I think I will have to make another one for the gift.

    I have challenged myself to make 30 bags in 30 days and this was my Day one bag. Pic at my blog here: http://diffusible.blogspot.com/2010/09/30-bags-in-30-days-day-one.html

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  184. I've been wanting to make this clutch for such a long time (well since May) and I finally got around to it. I have been so afraid of zippers but you made it look so easy. And it was!

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  185. This was such a great tutorial - so easy to follow! My clutch turned out really great - I can't wait to make more. Thanks!

    Pics are on my blog www.lovecuddlesew.blogspot.com

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  186. Thank you for a great tutorial. Pictures of my clutch at my blog http://jama-jujamy.blogspot.com/2010/09/sza-szycia.html

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  187. What a great bag! Thanks so much for posting!

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  188. I love this! I made one for my daughter's birthday present. I used black velvet, and put a vintage rhinestone buckle across the center band. It looks stunning. She is a fashion major; if it meets her approval, I know it's a winner. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  189. Thank you so much for taking the time to put the tute together! I did it today and linked you. http://www.risashoebox.com/blog/?p=1099. I did have a bit of trouble with attaching the zipper w/edges. Maybe shoulda read the comments first. Regardless, I'd do it again!

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  190. Olá!
    Muito bonitos os teus trabalhos!
    Boa continuação!
    E se quiseres visitar o meu cantinho, fica aqui:
    http://bijuticesecompanhia.blogspot.com/

    Bjinhos

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