I made my first gathered clutch recently! My sister’s birthday was a good excuse to give this pattern a try, and I’m happy with how these came out! I used Anna’s pattern, which I purchased from her website, www.noodle-head.com/p/patterns.html. She also has a free tutorial, but I wanted the extra info included in the pattern– it details how to add the removable wrist strap (which I LOVE), and I had never before sewn a zipper into something, so having additional details on that process was very useful!
Here’s my lesson learned for the project: make a mock-up (or practice clutch) before making the “real” one! The one I gave my sister for her b-day looked a lot like the purple one pictured here– except the second time around I was sure to not let the interfacing poke out at the top of the clutch!
Also, on my first attempt (pictured below), the outside looked fine, but I forgot to check the orientation of the pockets before putting all the pieces together. I finished the clutch, opened it up, and found the pocket to be upside down! As my mom pointed out, it’s now like a super secret pocket, since you have to put you cards in it from the bottom up.
I’m all in favor of making a “test” version of something before making the real one if it involves a skill I am just learning! I also have found that when I give something as a gift, I have more stringent standards for construction than I do for something for myself– I think gifts I give should have a more finished, professional look, so it was ok with me that I needed to make a couple of trial clutches first. Plus, now I have one for myself! It’s a win-win!