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Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques

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Item # 15069818
Instructor : Janelle MacKay
$49.99
Skill Level 3 : Proven experience
Discover how to make a clutch bag to complement any outfit in your wardrobe! Bag pattern and hardware designer Janelle MacKay will show you how to sew clutches with shapely structure, eye-catching metallic accents and professional-quality finishes. Start taking your bag-making skills to new levels by learning how to coordinate a variety of mix-and-match options: body style, hardware, flap shape, fabric and more. Janelle will share her techniques for making polished credit card, lipstick and internal zipper pockets. Ready to construct your bag? Find out how to do it without sewing on a curve and learn to attach a magnetic snap and turn lock. Move on to using stabilizers for shape and structure in your designs and learn a trick for perfectly aligning your closures. Complete class by adding an elegant touch with metallic trim, a strap and optional ruched panels.  Discover how to make a clutch bag to complement any outfit in your wardrobe! Bag pattern and hardware designer Janelle MacKay will show you how to sew clutches with shapely structure, eye-catching metallic accents and professional-quality finishes. Start taking your bag-making skills to new levels by learning how to coordinate a variety of mix-and-match options: body style, hardware, flap shape, fabric and more. Janelle will share her techniques for making polished credit card, lipstick and internal zipper pockets. Ready to construct your bag? Find out how to do it without sewing on a curve and learn to attach a magnetic snap and turn lock. Move on to using stabilizers for shape and structure in your designs and learn a trick for perfectly aligning your closures. Complete class by adding an elegant touch with metallic trim, a strap and optional ruched panels. More
Sew an assortment of chic, custom clutch bags by mixing and matching pattern pieces. Learn how to create professional-quality accessories for any occasion.

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Discover how to make a clutch bag to complement any outfit in your wardrobe! Bag pattern and hardware designer Janelle MacKay will show you how to sew clutches with shapely structure, eye-catching metallic accents and professional-quality finishes. Start taking your bag-making skills to new levels by learning how to coordinate a variety of mix-and-match options: body style, hardware, flap shape, fabric and more. Janelle will share her techniques for making polished credit card, lipstick and internal zipper pockets. Ready to construct your bag? Find out how to do it without sewing on a curve and learn to attach a magnetic snap and turn lock. Move on to using stabilizers for shape and structure in your designs and learn a trick for perfectly aligning your closures. Complete class by adding an elegant touch with metallic trim, a strap and optional ruched panels.
 Discover how to make a clutch bag to complement any outfit in your wardrobe! Bag pattern and hardware designer Janelle MacKay will show you how to sew clutches with shapely structure, eye-catching metallic accents and professional-quality finishes. Start taking your bag-making skills to new levels by learning how to coordinate a variety of mix-and-match options: body style, hardware, flap shape, fabric and more. Janelle will share her techniques for making polished credit card, lipstick and internal zipper pockets. Ready to construct your bag? Find out how to do it without sewing on a curve and learn to attach a magnetic snap and turn lock. Move on to using stabilizers for shape and structure in your designs and learn a trick for perfectly aligning your closures. Complete class by adding an elegant touch with metallic trim, a strap and optional ruched panels.
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Instructor
   Janelle MacKay

Janelle MacKay has been working with fabric, patterns and bag hardware for almost 30 years. Based in Alberta, Canada, she travels around the world teaching at shops and sewing guilds. While her passion is designing wallet and bag patterns, she also loves to quilt. She's the co-author of "On The Go Bags: 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers."

Materials: What you Need

1 . 1/2 yard (45.7 cm) exterior fabric (such as quilting cotton, silk, satin or non-stretch taffeta), or 3/4 yard (68.6 cm) for ruched flap bag
2 . 1/2 yard (45.7 cm) lining fabric (such as quilting cotton, poplin or similar weight fabric)
3 . 2 yards (182.9 cm) of 20" (50.8 cm) wide fusible woven interfacing
4 . Foam interlining stabilizer 
5 . Fusible fleece (optional)
6 . Metal edge trim (optional)
7 . Turn lock or magnetic snap
8 . D-rings 
9 . Swivel snap hooks 
10 . Adjustable strap slider (optional)
11 . Purse chain strap (optional)
12 . All-purpose nylon dress zipper
13 . Double-sided wash-away tape or fabric glue
14 . Fray Check, Fray Stop or similar
15 . Water-soluble marking pen or chalk pencil
16 . Rotary cutter and mat
17 . Walking presser foot
18 . Zipper presser foot
19 . Poster board or long file folder (at least 15" long) for pleat board
20 . Wonder Clip or binder clip
21 . Clear-drying, fast-tack glue for metals and fabrics 
22 . Awl, craft knife, or sharp knife for scoring
23 . Mini-screwdriver set

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Preparing the Fabric
00:14:25

Meet your instructor, pattern and bag hardware designer Janelle MacKay, and learn about the dozens of mix-and-match options you can choose from to make your own clutch. Then, Janelle will walk you through the the best fabric choices and explain what you should know about "fancy" fabrics.

Lesson 2 : Pockets
00:21:08

Now that you've chosen your bag's features and fabric, it's time to get started on construction! Janelle will show you her tips and tricks to make professional-quality pockets with ease. When you're done, you'll have the perfect pockets to hold your lipstick and credit cards.

Lesson 3 : Zipper Pocket
00:20:44

Do you struggle to insert perfect zippers? Not any more! Janelle guides you through the last pocket on your bag: an internal zipper with all the exposed edges neatly tucked away. Then she'll guide you through topstitching the pocket, and help you learn to use a zipper foot without fear.

Lesson 4 : Preparing Pieces
00:20:49

Janelle walks you through the steps to finish up your lining and shows you how to begin your magnetic snap closures. She'll show you how to create the bag's side pieces without sewing on a curve, and you'll learn to make a perfect pieced front.

Lesson 5 : Bag Body
00:18:59

You're ready to start putting your bag together! Janelle will show you how to assemble the exterior pieces. Then, you'll learn how to attach a foam stabilizer, whether you can iron your fabric or not, to add even structure and make sure your bag always holds its shape.

Lesson 6 : Hardware
00:22:49

In this lesson, Janelle shares her expert tips for adding hardware to your bag. You'll learn how to make sure your closure lines up perfectly every time, and how to install it properly, so it stays put. Then, you'll add a gorgeous metal bar to the flap as a finishing touch.

Lesson 7 : Finishing Touches
00:22:05

Whether you choose to create an adjustable shoulder strap or a wristlet, you'll learn how to pull it all together here. As a bonus, Janelle will show you how to make perfect ruched panels that you can use to create special front flap for your new mix-and-match bag.



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