what Claire made for Christmas #3

You remember I showed you a sneak peek of this

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I can now show you what I was making, but unfortunately didn’t take a photo of the complete batch since some had left in the post before I had finished everything.  I was making . . .

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Coin purses – lol.  I had watched a few videos on youtube, managed to find where to buy the clasp frames (I wanted the sew-on ones, not the glue-on ones) and I also found a tutorial (in French) to explain how to draw my own pattern, perfectly adapted to the shape and size of the clasp frame.  I had drawn a pattern to begin with, which ended up looking like this

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It wasn’t too bad, but the shape was too bulky on the sides, and I hadn’t thought to use iron-on interfacing to make fabric more rigid.    Anyway, once I had drawn the new pattern, I had quite a production line going . . . however each purse is unique, and fabrics were chosen specifically for each person I was making for.

The one I made for myself is in greens, purple and gold ^^

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Then there are these three – in such different styles of fabric.

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left to right: for Lindashee, my sister and my 28 year old niece.

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And then the rest (although Lindashee’s purse and mine are still in the group photo)

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I still haven’t quite worked out how to keep the hand stitching of clasp invisible on the inside – so I got around that problem by matching my thread to the colour of lining fabric.

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Stitching IS visible, but I’ve tried to keep it as regular as possible.

I had lots of fun with this sewing project.  It was lovely to be learning a new technique. Lots of fun rummaging in my fabric stash, in search of the “perfect” fabric and I think they make gorgeous, inexpensive, little presents.  The clasps cost me 3.75€ each and there was choice of colour with red, pearl-grey, blue, gold or green resin beads.

12 thoughts on “what Claire made for Christmas #3

    • what I like is that they’re all completely different styles ^^ I like the roses too, and of course, the one I made for myself

  1. These are beautiful, Claire, and would be fabulous gifts!! To me it looks rather difficult to attach those clasp frames so I haven’t even tried locating a source for the frames, lol. Well done, you.

    • it wasn’t too bad sewing the frames. Just had to make sure fabric was cut properly, so it fitted nicely and then I tacked into place before stitching. First one was nerve-racking, but after that it was plain sailing ^^

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