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Necessary Clutch Wallet

I’ve had the Necessary Clutch Wallet in my “collection” for over 8 years, but never used it until this week. My goal was to make a matching wallet and purse as a Mother’s Day gift for my mother-in-law. Unfortunately, it looks like it may just be a purse.

Overall, the wallet looks “nice”, but it’s EXTREMELY chonky (and heavy). I used a grape Mora faux leather for the exterior and a lightweight cotton for the lining, along with all the required interfacings to make this project. My machine BARELY powered through the thickness in some parts. The instructions are good, but I would definitely do some things differently if I attempt it again and it won’t be in a faux leather!

Unfortunately, I just don’t think this is giftable so I’ll be on the hunt for a thinner wallet to make (or it’ll just be a purse this year!) to go along with the purse I have in mind. I plan on harvesting the hardware to repurpose for later creations and chalking this pattern up as a learning experience!

Brumby TPU

After a disappointing clear bag project, I decided to give this fabric another try. This time around I picked the small Brumby (you can see my medium & large fabric versions here). Since I’ve sewn this pattern up previously, I figured this would give me a better idea if my issues were with the pattern or material.

While I still found the material a bit sticky, it did perform much better with a simpler pattern. Since I used clear vinyl, I was able to omit the lining and opted to sew the zipper to the outside of the bag (you’ll probably want to trim 1/4″ off the top edge seam allowance). Sewing was EXTREMELY fast on this project and the results are super cute. Best of all this one winds up being TSA compliant size!

Travel Bag

Clear and jelly vinyls are a hot material to work with right now. I’ve had some adorable printed vinyl for awhile now, but put off sewing it because I really didn’t know what I wanted to make with it. However, last week, I saw someone post a cute little “Travel Bag” in an online group and decided THAT was what I wanted to make (I even had some new jelly vinyl to try out too).

Unfortunately, while this is a super cute pattern, it really didn’t work out for me. For starters, my (clear, printed) vinyl was EXTREMELY sticky. I’m not sure if this is because I had purchased these prints awhile ago and they settled in together over time or if they just printed that way (there was even some transfer where the white of the printed backside touched the front of the other fabric when they were rolled together), but sewing something small WITH curves was a struggle. It also doesn’t help that I found the gusset was just a little too big and wound up with some weird puckers that just shouldn’t be there. So overall, a cute little design, but I definitely won’t be attempting it with clear vinyl again.

As for the jelly vinyl, I completely understand why everyone loves this stuff! It’s easy to work with, is just a little opaque, and comes in all sorts of fun colors. It’s a fun little product to work with and a great way to get your feet wet into sewing with vinyl.

Brumby Pouch

If you enjoy sewing bags and pouches, chances are you’ve seen one of Sew Sweetness’ Minikins seasons. There have been a lot of adorable purses being made from these collections, but have avoided buying them in the past largely because of the cost (past seasons are $120, while the new season runs on sale for $80 – however all seasons have 12 patterns included) and the fact that (at the time) I wasn’t sewing as many bags. However, a few weeks ago she released a new collection and put past minikins seasons on sale, so I thought it was time to finally snag one. It was a toss up between the original season and 3, but in the end I figured I’d make more items from Season 3’s collection. For my first make, I went with the Brumby Pouch.

For starters, let me say, I’m not always a fan of using foam in my purses. While it typically sews up fine, I sometimes fight with the bulk and honestly, I don’t like the way it feels in my hands when I have to touch it (when it’s in it’s raw form). Unfortunately for me, this bag called for foam. I (briefly) contemplated not using it (and substituting it with a shapeflex or decovil lite) since the exterior print is a firmer canvas, but decided I should probably sew it up as directed before I decided to make any changes… and I’m glad I did. I can honestly say I LOVE the structure of the bag itself and the bit of softness that it brings when it’s completed. In short, this bag may have won me over for using foam as an interfacing!

I made both the medium (the open pouch) and large (standing) size bags and found that the instructions were well written and everything came together nicely (there’s really only one pattern piece so it’s probably not the best gauge on that front). The completed bag sizes are great for traveling and hold a lot more than what I expected! I’m anxious to give some of the other patterns a try. You can grab this print (along with other new fabric releases), tools, and hardware tomorrow in Zor-Elle’s retail drop!

Trick-or-Treat Sam Bag

I have wanted to make a pumpkin purse for ages, but finally decided to make one after receiving this fun Sam print from Zor-Elle. Of course, I made it infinitely more complicated because I decided that the pumpkin should look just like Sam’s lollipop (you can zoom in on the photo and see him posing with it in the fabric as well as the lollipop pulls) – with a bit out of it!

For the basis of this purse, I used Oro Rosa’s Magdalena Circle Bag pattern, the Sam print in canvas (which will be available on Zor-Elle’s site May 2) for the lining, half of the gusset and back as well as a fabulous metallic purple sea vinyl for the front of the bag and remaining gusset. I eliminated the handles, did a reverse applique for the pumpkin features, and made a clear “window” for the bite. I also lined (and interfaced) the front of the bag so it looks finished when you open it, but if I try this technique again, I have a slightly different approach to how to do this to make it a bit easier and look more polished. I would also HIGHLY recommend using the same material for the binding that you are using for the lining, if possible, as it won’t stand out as much in the clear window area.

Overall, a really fun purse to create! I’m looking forward to trying out this pattern without modifications now!

April MMQ

Since I already had everything out when I finished March’s Murder Mystery Quilt block, I figured I had better go ahead and complete April so that I don’t get behind again. This month did not disappoint – not only was it fun to sew, but putting these blocks together left a little “fudge room” just in case your pieces weren’t stitching out perfectly… so my finished pieces are THE CORRECT SIZE (finally!).

This month’s block was called “Snail Trail” and wound up being a cool looking, “pinwheel” design (we’re all guessing that they might eventually become shields that are found on the sides of Viking ships). Overall this took about a day to complete, but if I had to sew this up again, it would definitely go faster as I feel a ton more confident about sewing these up now that I have these under my belt!


It was Easton’s birthday this weekend. I always struggle what to do for him because his “list” is usually pretty small. So this year, I decided to do something unique – I “Corolined” him.

You see, Easton has always been a big fan of Coroline (both the book and the movie). Right around Christmas time, he saw an Instagram reel for a woman who created Coroline style dolls for weddings, birthdays, etc. and sent me a message that he wouldn’t mind that as a gift. Since there wasn’t enough time to stitch this up for that holiday, I vowed I’d make one for his birthday… and here we are.

I did a bit of pattern searching and opted for Koala & Mila’s Dean Winchester Doll – not only was it a great size (and bendable arms and legs), but it came with a ton of “accessories” so customizing to someone else was easy(ier). Overall the doll itself was pretty easy to put together, except for those feet! Sewing in the round with tiny features is difficult (but worth the effort. It probably didn’t help that the metric units for sewing\measuring were slightly different from what I used. Aside from the face details, I sewed this one up as directed.

Now for the accessories! This was the really fun part because I totally think that I captured Easton in his clothing. The hoodie was made from a remnant from this project and is a mash-up of the t-shirt and hooded shirt pattern included in the pattern. The joggers is made from a too-small pair of athletic shorts (which surprisingly used most of the short – those legs are long). I modified this one to have a side stripe (which most of his pants have) and changed the way that the waistband was constructed some so I didn’t have to thread elastic through a casing. And finally, the shoes are made from a premium felt and are made to look like his Adidas shoes – believe it or not, this wasn’t difficult to sew and came together really well, it just took more time to construct that I envisioned.

All that work paid off because Easton was very surprised when he opened this gift. His first response was “IT’S ME!” followed by, “That’s my hoodie” and then “OMG those are my shoes!” and then “Who did you get to make this?” He was very surprised when I told him that I made it (because cloth dolls are not my forte) and really enjoyed all the “details” that made the doll him.

I posted a few more detail shots on my Instagram account, so if you’re wanting to see a few things up close, you can check them out over there.

MMQ March

If you’ve read my past posts, you may have seen me mention that I joined the Murder Mystery Quilt – a block of the month style group. I have been enjoying the challenge of learning some new quilting techniques, but when March hit, I kind of froze. Even more advanced quilters were talking about this month’s difficulty (and size), so I put it off. Then got covid and didn’t feel like sewing for quite awhile. Then realized, I really needed to work on this block if I wanted the additional “clue” for completing the block on time (which, I might add, is an awesome incentive to finish). So with days left to finish my block, I set to work… and here she is:

I hung this one on my door to photograph (so you can see how large it really is!). I think if I would have started on this project and taken my time, I would have had fewer “mistakes” putting it together, but overall, it looks pretty good. In the end, this block wound up being 3″ longer than the finished measurements (I’m not sure anyone’s came out the correct size from what I can tell), which doesn’t seem too bad given the overall length (mine is 75″). I did learn quite a bit and almost enjoyed putting it together, LOL (I think if I would have started this earlier and not felt rushed I would have liked it more). Plus, I got my bonus clue!

Catching Back Up

After weeks of being terribly behind… on everything, I think I’ve FINALLY caught myself up. That means more time to sew AND keeping up with my blogging.

For starters, here’s my take on Linds Handmade Mav Pack. While I know you’re probably sick of seeing this fabric, you’ll be happy to know that this used up the last of it. LOL Initially, I didn’t intend on buying this pattern, but I saw so many adorable makes and heard so many things about the pattern that I couldn’t resist! And all those reviews? They weren’t wrong.

This little bag was a fun sew and came together really well… and surprisingly fast, too! I’ll definitely be stitching this one up again in the near future!

Delightmare Zippy

One of my favorite patterns to make has to be the Zippy Clutch. I’m not sure what it is about this pattern that keeps me coming back to it, but I greatly enjoy stitching it up and seeing all the great fabric\zipper\vinyl combinations I can put together. So, it probably comes as no surprise that I recently used some of my remnant Delightmares material to make one of these little bags.