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New Free* pattern: The Slim Clutch(TM)

*This template is free to all previous PDF purchasers.  Just use the same password given to you when you ordered it initially to access it and download.  If you have questions, please contact us at our Etsy shop through your order (which helps us verify that you’ve purchased it previously) and we’ll send you your password.

As mentioned before, I’ve been working on some new designs using the same basic Clutch Instructions PDF tutorial.  Without having to tweak it too much so that it required a brand-new tutorial, I made up a new clutch that can be worn as a cross-body clutch (look, Ma, no hands!) or a wristlet.  With the great expat community that I am currently living in, I’ve formed some amazing friendships and we tend to go out a lot living in this great city.  The City life is quite different from the Suburban life.  Both great, but just different!  With all the restaurants and bars that we frequent, I needed a slim profile clutch to carry my essentials:  my phone and my Samsung camera phone.  Why two phones?  I haven’t had time to move all my contacts over to the Samsung and with my terrible telephone carrier, my friends sometimes get some texts and sometimes they don’t.  Mama needs a back-up!

So here’s the fabric that started it all.

blue sequins skirt

Not to be used as a skirt if you are over the age of 30 IMO. It’s the size of a Band-Aid, for Goodness Sakes!

blue sequins skirt purse frame

But I immediately saw its true self as a clutch!

blue sequins skirt

This is the only time you can look up my skirt! 🙂 Just kidding … I am showing you the lining that I used inside the clutch. It came with the skirt! How handy.

pinot noir

At my place of work, there is always a glass of wine involved. 🙂

blue sequins

I had to do some cutting and that meant murder to the poor sequins! It was a crime scene.

blue sequins

The looks on their faces. They knew I had to cut them off! 🙂

The above pic is so adorable.  Oh, it’s the little things that bring a smile to me!  So I was sewing and made an error (as we all do) and had to take the stitches back out.  When I did that, look at what was staring back at me?  I found this to be quite funny!  And I found that I am in need of a manicure …

blue sequins

OFF with their heads! Much cleaner.

And yada, yada, yada … (name that show), look what I’ve got!

blue sequins

Voila!  My new wristlet using only one loop with the 15″ nickel-free chain.  You can make a smaller loop by hooking up the links with the lobster claw.

blue sequins skirt

Much cuter like this, don’t you think? 🙂

blue sequins clutch

There is no bulk!

Here’s the clutch in other fabrics.  Hover over the photos to see the captions describing it or click and see the gallery.

Here’s how to make it:

6x3 Slim Clutch

Download the new template using your password.

The Slim Clutch

Since this is designed to be slimming on the body, skip pages 12-14 in the tutorial. You do not need to square off the corners.

You will notice in the above picture that I did not use fusible fleece for the outer fabric.  Fusible interface was used for the inner fabric only to give it some body and heft.  For the outer fabric, since I wanted it to maintain its flat slimming profile, I used Pellon’s 809 Decor Bond.  Using fusible fleece for both would have made this clutch a little bit more bulky and fluffy, which for its design and function, I did not want.

The Slim Clutch

Tuck in as usual.  Sew the clutch same as Pages 16-20.

The Slim Clutch

Sew across to close.

The Slim Clutch

Glue into your 6×3 inch metal purse frame.

The Slim Clutch

Take it to go!

May 17, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | 4 Comments

A creative break from making clutches.

Sometimes you just need a break from making clutches.  As wonderful and exciting as finding new fabrics and the creative process, once you do it for a living, just like all things, you need a break some times.  One of my customers reminded me of that when she commented on a blog post that she was getting back into making clutches after taking a much-needed break.

Speaking of finding new fabrics, look what I just got.  I’m working on some new patterns right now.  It’s a lot of refinement, but I’ll get there.

blue, white, green fabric

Beautiful fabrics in blues, greens, and whites.

Oh, do you guys remember me mentioning about this amazing fabric below?  This is a skirt.  For a 20-year-old.  I’m not 20.

blue sequins skirt

NO way am I getting into this! Maybe – maybe – 20 years ago. That’s a big maybe.

Well, I had envisioned this on me, but as a cross-body clutch.  Here’s a preview below.  I’ll post about this soon to come.

blue sequins clutch

Much better!

This clutch is a hit with all my friends especially with summer coming up.  I still have some more of this fabric and will be working with it to make an 8-inch clutch.  Oh what was my point?

With fabric strewn about the house while designing and pieces of thread hanging from my *ss, I just needed a break.  Obviously my mind is quite loud and disorganized — unorganized (?) – so I needed a break.

I really encourage that – taking a break.  When I take a break, it usually involves any or all of my 3 kids.  Can’t just leave them at home to fend for themselves… not for another 8 years!  🙂  A lot of my breaks from work involve traveling.  And you know that while we spend our money on having experiences (through travel) and not through accumulating things, vacations are spendy.  So a cheap mental break for me that I also have found to ramp up my creative juices is painting figurines with my daughter.  It costs me a dollar — one dollar — per figurine for some creative bliss.  In the moments that I paint, I cannot focus on anything else but the painting itself.  All the other noises seem to fade.  It takes me many hours to finish one figurine, so I get to stretch my dollar even farther — further (?)!  (Grammar Police can feel free to comment below.)  I usually paint for a 45-minute stretch.  That’s all I have time for, but it’s still 45 minutes, so I’ll take it!

This is what the figurines look like before they are painted.

paint figurine bear camera

For $1!  The “before” look. Kinda boring …

paint figurine bear camera

This is the “after”…. after hours of painting and layering the paints.

Most of the time, I do what I call “rescues”.  Rescues are the figurines that my daughter painted but no longer wants.  She just turned seven, and is improving her skills, so let’s just say her figurines need a lot of rescuing!  Instead of throwing them out and spending another dollar (OMG, I am tight with money), I use her painted ones and try to fix them up.

Here’s another “before” of the original.

paint figurine bunny rabit water can

Cute bunny watering into an empty basket?  And it has no discernible mouth.  Poor bunny rabbit.

Well, Hayley decided to paint it bright pink, because now that she’s out of the tomboy phase, she loves all things pink, princesses and tiaras.  Of course!

paint figurine bunny rabit water can

I did the best that I could. This bunny is really pink! Incidentally, I had made a little mistake with the black paintbrush and it made a mark by the eyes. I went ahead and did that to the other eye, and it makes the eyes look more alive.  The use of brown to soften the pink and to provide depth really made a difference.

So why I am blogging about painting figurines?  Well, it’s just my cheap mental escape from work that also fuels my creative fire.  When you are in business for yourself, you can get lost in just work, and you can work untold hours.  I’ve done it.  I know you’ve done it as well.  Whatever way you can find to get a break, do it.  You’ll feel better and more refreshed.  Enjoy this creative break.  🙂

Winnie the Pooh figurine

This was another rescue.

That “heart” was a chip in the figurine. I decided to highlight it by painting it red like a heart. Doesn’t it look like it’s either a tattoo on Winnie the Pooh, or like he’s puckered up like a geisha or Betty Boop?


One way to get that puckered up look …

Betty Boop

I think Winnie the Pooh’s reminds me more of Betty Boop’s pucker!

bears figurine balcony

Awww, love these cute bears!  I don’t love my color combination so much…

Santorini house

This could have gone a completely different direction. It could’ve been a pink castle as the hearts and flowers indicate, but I saw Santorini instead.


What do you think?  Santorini is on my bucket list just so I can see the blue!

Red labrador and puppy

And my favorite figurine is this one. Look at these two guys! I made them to be reb-brown Labs. If this figurine comes back in again, I think I’ll try a lighter look on the dogs and house. How cute are the eyes of the top dog?

Now go and enjoy a break!

May 15, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

I want to send out a Happy Mother’s Day wish to all of you who are Moms.  Whether you are a mom of the human kind through birth, adoption or fostering, or a mom of the animal kind be it dogs, cats or a whole farm … Happy Mother’s Day!  🙂  On this Mother’s Day, I had a glorious start by visiting the head Mom in our family, my Grandma!  For those of you who have been with me through the years, you know that I visit her every 7-10 days, taking that bumpy ride that makes my middle son throw up from the motion sickness.  I still visit her 3-4 times a month, but I only bring the kids once a month due to the bumpy ride.  Although still bed ridden, she is currently in good health and as keen as can be.  She absolutely adores the great-grandkids and their visits really bolsters her spirits.

Here are some pics of Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day

Hayley taking a rest on the ride to see Great Gram.

Mother's Day

The ride has gotten much shorter with this new bridge!

Mother's Day

The new sections ends soon …  I didn’t even notice the guy carrying the window(?) on the scooter until after I saw this picture!  They transport a lot of things on scooters!

Mother's Day

And this is where that nice bridge ends, cue bumpy one-lane road. See the two trucks heading toward us?

Mother's Day

It’s not even rainy season yet. It’s going to get ugly!

Mother's Day

But we don’t mind all that in order for her (and us) to get this: love!

Mother's Day

My mom passed when I was six, so she couldn’t be in this picture. This is still pretty awesome, nonetheless.

Mother's Day

My two favorite girls: Hayley and Gram. This is a girl pile full of cuddles!

Mother's Day

Hayley took a picture of us for our Glamour Shot! 🙂  She’s working on her picture-taking skills, but this is alright.

So thank you to all who have sent kind thoughts and notes about my Gram.  She says she’s got another month on this Earth, but she has said that before.  We never really know, do we?  Until then, I will savor my time with her and try to give her back all the love that she’s given me.

Happy Mother’s Day!

xo ~ Winn  🙂

May 12, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Prom clutches!

This is such a fun, fun post to do!  Prom time and if you are in need of a clutch, I hope these will give you great ideas.  They are all made by Sellers and you can see what’s all available in their individual shops!  These clutches will either go with gowns such as these shown, or they are reminiscent of some of the gowns based on the color or style.  Enjoy!

May 7, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments


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