Making a cute clutch out of scraps – Improv style – Tea time sewing Ep 2


Hey what’s up everybody this is Yoan,
and welcome to the episode 2 of the teatime sewing so in this episode I
thought I wanted to whip up some of my scraps… I’m thinking to make this into a
pouch or little clutch… I’m going to sew these pieces with the improvise style.
I love improv piecing because it’s so relaxing
it’s spontaneous and the result always surprise you in a pleasant way.. so here I’ve
got my scissors so let’s grab my very first piece so I’m gonna start with this
little fabric here so I’m gonna start by making a wonky cut just like that.. then
take another fabric little beige strip here… I’m going to just ..align the edges
and then I’m going to go ahead and sew them together with 1/4″ of seam
allowance and I’m using my quarter inch foot all right open the fabric and I’m going
to just finger press this for now if you want you can press this as you go now
I’m going to trim off this excess fabric here so next I’m going to grab another
strip.. this strip here I’m going to sew the next strip on the wonky angle line
here lay the strip on the angle just like that it’s not gonna be aligned properly but
that’s perfectly fine still using my quarter-inch foot, I’m aligning the edges
of my quarter inch foot with the upper top fabric or the blue fabric here and
then I’m gonna go ahead and sew now going to trim off the excess fabric
there and again I’m going to finger press, then trim off the excess
blue strip, I want to go ahead and take another strip I’m going to put this
little strip on this side lay this right side together now let’s go ahead and
sew it again… all right I’m going to finger press this just like that trim off the
excess strip so this is how the fabric turned out so far so I’m going to go
ahead and grab another piece.. so I’m going to work with this little orange
and I am going to place this on this smaller angle here okay I’m gonna angle
it just like that ..alright so now I’m gonna add another strip so I’m going to
lay them right side together and then I’m gonna go ahead and sew..oops my presser foot is kind of
jam there… Opps…jam again it’s fine… sometimes you just
gotta show who is the boss, all right now again I am going to trim off the excess
fabric here and then finger press..let me show you one more okay, I’m gonna attach
this white strip …alright so this is how my fabric looking like right now… I’m
already loving this right next I’m gonna sew this yellow strip on this side
of my fabric…so I’m gonna go ahead and build this block until it’s big enough
and I actually can make up my mind what I’m gonna make out of this so yeah I’ll
meet you back…here I’ve got my fabric I think it’s big enough now for me to do
anything I’m thinking to make a simple zipper clutch out of this piece this
fabric is now measuring roughly 15 inches wide and 11 inches tall I think
or 12 inches not sure so what I’m gonna do I’m going to first press this make it
nice and crisp and then I’m going to square this fabric to measure 12 and a
half inch wide by 10 inches tall so I’m going to go to my pressing board and
give this a good pressing now so here I’ve already pressed my fabric
now it’s time for me to square it up to measure 12.5″ by 10″
which is the measurements that I decided for this clutch of course if you
want to.. you can change the size according to whatever it is that you
prefer.. now I’m going to grab my ruler where is it I was holding it a minute
ago now I don’t know where it is… finally found
my ruler… now I’m gonna grab my rotary cutter and of course I have to stand up..
right now I just want to find a sweet spot how I want my block to look
like from where to trim .. here is my 12.5″ point so I’m
going to cut off this side..I wanna make sure that I still got 10″ there
all right this is fine.. rotate my fabric here’s the 12.5″ point
and this is the 10″ point alright so here I’ve already trimmed my
fabric so it is now measuring 12.5″ x 10″ now I’m gonna
go ahead and make another block measuring the same size and also in
improv style what you can do also you can just cut a solid fabric for the
reverse side so if you want to save some time. Here I’ve already sewn my second
piece so this one is a bit more toned down and it has lots of blue and neutral
in there and I have also interface both of them with the fusible fleece you can
also use something heavier if you want a better structure for your little clutch
or pouch, but I’m kind of happy with fusible fleece for this project and what
I’m gonna do next I’m going to quilt these pieces so this is optional though
you don’t have to quilt this but I kind of like the quilting texture and I like
quilting..so.. I’m gonna go ahead and quilt them so I’m quilting this with vertical
wavy lines …alright.. so here I’ve already quilted both of my fabrics and I really
like the textures that I got just by simple wavy lines quilting style… now
let’s work on the zipper so I decided to use this purse size zipper so this is
larger in size… now if you want you can also use all-purpose zipper
or if you want to go fancier you can use the metal zipper.. so I happen to like the
color of this zipper that’s why I use this you want your zipper to measure 11.5″
from one end to another so I’ve already trimmed off mine so this
entire zipper is now measuring 11.5″ now we’re going to add the
zipper tabs on both ends of the zipper so I’ve got two pieces of fabric here so
for the zipper tabs you’re gonna need a piece of fabric measuring 2.5″ x 2″
and you’re going to fuse them with the fusible woven interfacing
or light weight interfacing and then what you’re gonna do..fold the edges towards
the inside 1/4″ and then press and then you wanna do the same
with the other end just like that so you wanna press them and then go ahead and
meet the folded edges.. so you’re going to fold this in half and then press so you
will end up with something like this and then you wanna do the same with the
other one as well now we’re going to insert the end of the zipper into the
zipper tab just like that so the zippers tab is kind of hugging
the zipper so you want to go all the way in… make sure that you can feel the end
of the zipper at the end of the zipper tab, secure in place with a sewing clip
and then we’re gonna do the same with the other end of the zipper we’re gonna
go ahead and stitch on the folded edges here with 1/8″ of seam
allowance. All right now I want to do the same with the other side since the
zipper tabs were cut slightly larger I’m going to go ahead and trim off the
excess fabric. Now you wanna cut two lining fabrics obviously the same size
as your exterior fabrics, and if you want to add pockets this is
the time to do it you can add slip pockets or you can add another zipper
pocket if you wish to…I always like my clutch to have the wristlet strap just
so I don’t have to put the weight on my hand all the time carrying it, know to be
able to add the wristlet strap you will first need to have the strap anchor so
for the strap anchor you will need a piece of fabric measuring 2.5″
inch wide by 2″ tall and then you’re going to do the fold and press
method like you would normally do when doing the strap so first you’re gonna
fold the fabric in half and then press..and then fold the edges towards the center
fold just like that and then press, and then fold everything in half and
press, so you should end up with a 1/2″ wide strip now I’m going to go
ahead and stitch on the edges with 1/8″ of seam allowance all
right now you’re gonna need a 1/2″ dring and then you’re going to
insert the strap to the d-ring just like that so I’m going to position my
strap anchor on the right side of the front of my clutch so I’m just gonna
eyeball this about 1.5″ down from the top edge and then I’m
gonna go ahead and stitch this with 1/4″ of seam allowance ..all right
so here’s my strap anchor, if you want you can also attach another piece on the
side and then make a strap so you will have an actual purse.. now to make the
wristlet strap itself I’m going to link a partial of a video where I demonstrate
the detail on how to sew the wristlet strap so go ahead and check that out I
will have the link in the description box and in the comment section down
below as well now it’s time for me to assemble the clutch so before we get
started I wanna have a sip of tea because I am falling asleep.. this is so
good all right so I’m going to start by assembling the front side.. so here I’ve
got the front side of my clutch right side up.. now I’m gonna take my zipper and then
I’m gonna lay this right side down so the right side of the zipper should be
touching the right side of the exterior piece and I’m going to lay the lining
right side down. Right so you want to center the position of the zipper so
there should be half an inch gap on both ends of the zipper secure this with some
sewing clips here I’ve already secured my zipper
sandwich now I’m going to go ahead and sew along the edges with quarter inch of
seam allowance.. if you hear some kind of baby laughing… it’s my kid I told
him to go take a nap but apparently he’s just enjoying chit-chatting and playing
in his room and just making up stories I guess ..so I’m using my walking foot here
but you can also use a zipper foot if you want and I actually move my needle all
the way to the left and use the 1/8″ of seam allowance gauge instead
so my chunky walking foot can actually move now I’m going to go ahead and open this
sandwich and find the zipper just like that and then I’m going to go ahead and
press this with my here marker ..make it nice and crisp .. so you can also use
iron just be mindful with your zipper make sure your iron will not go
through the zipper and press the wrong side as well now I’m gonna go ahead and top
stitch now I’ve got the back side of the clutch
right side up and then I’m gonna take my zipper and lay that right side down ..now
when I lay the lining right side down aligning the top edges now I’m going to
secure them with some sewing clips now that I’ve secured my zipper sandwich I’m
going to go ahead and stitch along the edges with 1/4″ of seam
allowance I’m gonna go ahead and press this again
with my Hera marker make it nice and crisp there.. do the same with the wrong side as
well now I’m gonna go ahead and top stitch next I’m going to
separate the exterior from the lining so I’m gonna have exterior right side
together just like that so now you will have the exterior right side together and
the lining right side together now we’re gonna do the final assembling of this
clutch so the first thing that you want to make sure is you want to make sure
that the zipper is open at least halfway so you want to match the seams.. the
zipper seams here okay and then place a sewing clip there okay now I’m going to
find the opposite side and do the same so I’m going to match the seams okay now I’m going to secure all around
with my sewing clip so here I’ve already secured my fabric
so of course as usual we’re going to leave about five inches of opening at
the bottom of the lining so we can turn this piece inside out later so I’m going
to start sewing starting from the top of the exterior down and then I’m going to
do the same with the other side so we will sew with 1/2″ of seam
allowance so you want to make sure that your needle is positioned right by the
zipper tab but not on the zipper tab because we don’t want to sew through
the zipper tab now I’m going to stitch the other
side the same way like before I’m gonna go ahead and pivot and stitch
the bottom. okay now we go ahead and stitch the
lining the same way we did before so starting from one side all the way down pivot and just continue for a few more
inches but not all the way down because remember we got the opening hole that we need to
leave… great alright now I’m going to stitch the opposite side now it’s time to turn the fabric inside
out so I’m going to go through my opening hole and oops I forgot I’m going
to trim the corners just so it will lay nice and flat and I’m not going to box
the corners for this clutch this time …I want it to be just square and flat
now I’m going to turn this piece inside out it’s the moment of truth ..so excited..
poke the corner I love my knitting needle to poke the corner…alright…
I think it looks pretty cute alright now the last step
that we have to do is to sew the opening hole close so I’m going to fold this in
about half an inch and then I’m going to stitch along the edges to close the
opening.. alright now I’m going to put the lining back inside now I’m gonna go ahead and give this
clutch a good pressing and I am going to take my wristlet strap.. and voila
the clutch is done and I really really love it thank you so much guys for
joining me today so I’ll see you next time with another
fun sewing and quilting projects goodbye

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