I had the privilege of putting together a little gift for a seamstress friend this year. What a treat!! I don’t have too many friends that think a pile of fabric would make the BEST gift. Or someone who can truly appreciate the thought and care that goes into a sewn clutch, you know, down to the careful selection of the perfect thread to stitch it with.
For the handmade portion of the gift, I found this awesome little clutch pattern at Elm Street Life. I used an upholstery fabric for the main clutch fabric and lined it with a nice quilting cotton. I used some metallic thread for the topstitching and I just love the little pop of fun that it provides!
I stuck to the pattern almost entirely, but I did sew the zipper on a little differently so that the stitching didn’t show on the outer fabric alongside the zipper. Overall, the clutch was a quick sew – took just a couple hours.
To go along with the clutch, I made a little 1/2-yard bundle of some of my favorite fabrics in colors that I thought the recipient would love!! I stacked them and tied them with some metallic ribbon.
I picked up a spool of metallic thread and some buttons from the store and then I shopped for some other knick knacks in my sewing room. Buttons, pretty butterfly straight pins, paper flowers, ribbon wrapped on a vintage-like clothespin, and little cotton-spun mushrooms. I like to have a healthy supply of all of these things in my sewing room; it makes it fun to share them, use them, and just generally stare at them. I packaged a little of this and that in a cute ice cream container that I found at the grocery store this summer (the novelty ice cream packaging didn’t sell too well at the grocery store and I found piles of them in a clearance cart one day – yep! bought ‘em all). I filled another carton with caramel corn because, who doesn’t love a snack when they’re looking through their new pretties?
I wrapped the clutch and fabric bundle in another 1/2-yard cut of fabric and wrapped a piece of lace around it to finish off the wrapping job! I stuck this bundle and the ice cream cartons into a shipping box with tissue paper, pom-pom ribbon, and a little note, and shipped it off!
Sources and Brands:
Paper Flowers: Prima
Buttons, vintage clothespins: local scrapbook store
metallic thread: Gutterman
mushrooms and silver ribbon: Caramelos on etsy (love this shop – I buy supplies in bulk from her!!)
Fabrics: Heather Bailey, Tula Pink, Premier Prints (upholstery/cotton slub duck) Fabric.com