I love a clever project. I recently sewed up the Paint Stick Clutch pattern from the Just For You e-book (affiliate link). After sewing the Pretty Pockets Apron, it was the next item on my long list of things to sew from this wonderful book of projects. It was sewn to accompany the Leather Closure Tablet Cover I sent to a lovely sewing friend last month and I’m in love with how it turned out.
The Paint Stick Clutch handles were so easy to create and provide a sturdy, yet lightweight option that have me wanting to skip and twirl while I carry it.
This is such a darling bag pattern. From cutting to finish, I think this maybe took me a total of 30 minutes. I’m always on the look out for quick projects that I can fit in between school drop offs and errands. The bag itself is the perfect size for Date Night or a drink with the girls. It provides just enough space for the essentials without being so small that it might accidentally get left behind. The inside pocket is the perfect size for holding your little items or your cellphone and the magnetic snap keeps everything safe and secure when you’re carrying it.
I labored over which fabrics to use because I wanted the recipient to flip over what she was getting. I sat in front of the fabric stash for at least an hour pairing fabrics and playing with patterns to mix. I realized while I did this that it’s extremely hard to choose fabrics for other people. She had given me some color pairings that she likes but my stash was, of course, in desperate need of replenishment in those colors and the new fabric I had just ordered was delayed by a little thing we now call Snowpocalypse 2016. So, in the end, I went with fabrics I’ve been hoarding. I figured, if I loved them so much I had trouble cutting into them, then they were perfect to use for a sewing friend’s gift. I really do like how the Anna Maria Horner Field Study linen fabric plays with the pop of turquoise from the polka dots.
Since I didn’t have paint sticks on hand, I cut two dowels down to size and painted them. I wasn’t sure how they were going to work out with the machine stitches needed to close in the outside openings but every thing went smoothly. Next time I make this pattern I think I’ll divide the larger inside pocket into a few smaller sections to keep the cellphone and chapstick handy but otherwise I really had fun sewing this clutch. I never would have thought of using an every day item like paint sticks for purse handles. So, very, clever!