Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gathered Clutch

My little sis had a birthday last month, and I took it as the perfect opportunity to use some of my extra fabric I had from some of my projects I did for Christmas. I made her a gathered clutch from a tutorial by Noodlehead that I’ve been meaning to try forever. This was my first time doing a gather! The tutorial is really helpful, and when I had a question, Anna e-mailed me back in a timely manner to help me out. I just love finding such talented and encouraging people online! I really like how the clutch turned out, and I hope my sister is enjoying it.

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I didn’t make the pockets tight for credit cards since my sister is only 14, so I doubt she carries much plastic. I put a big pocket on one side and two pockets on the other side.

Wanna know my worst crafting Achilles heel? I never get around to making things for myself/my home/my kids. I actually had enough fabric that I cut out pieces to make a slightly different one for myself. The pieces are still sitting on my dresser where I see them every day and think, “Oh yeah, I was going to make that for myself.” I think it’s hard for me to spend the time to make it when I’m doing it for myself; it feels like double selfishness (does that make any sense?). And when it comes to stuff for my house or my kids, I think the problem is that there’s no deadline. I can do it whenever I get around to it, so more important things like laundry, feeding kids, and (to be honest) loafing on the couch take priority. I do better with gifts because I know I have to finish them by a certain time. Not to mention the fact that if I don’t already have supplies for a project for myself, I have to justify spending money on myself to even get started. See? I have all sorts of hang-ups. Which is why that’s my crafting Achilles heel.

Do you have a crafting Achilles heel? Which do you make more, gifts or projects for your own home/family? Have you made anything fun lately? You’re always welcome here at the Spare Time Continuum. Feel free to join my followers. They are small in number but great in character.

I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Mine is about to become wonderful. My hubby’s on his way home from his last grad school class for the week, and my big sister is coming to visit for the weekend.

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  1. My Achilles Heel(s) of crafting?
    I am terribly lazy = the main one.
    The second one is that, if I'm going to put forth THAT much effort, I want it to be PERFECT.
    But, since I usually don't do all that much crafting, it's most likely NOT going to be perfect.
    (And #3, crafts can get expensive. And I'm cheap.)

    *sigh* It's a miracle that I get ANYTHING done. :P

  2. Jocelyn...the clutch is so darn cute!

  3. This is so cute! Love the fabric choices too.

  4. That turned out so cute. Love the Noodlehead tutorial, I made a gathered clutch for my sister!

  5. Very cute! I'm not an orange lover but I even got that same orange floral! It works SO perfect with the other fabric you chose!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  6. I LURVE it! I'm totally in deep like with that fabric!
    Mu Achilles heel of crafting is laziness, I'm all about finding a way to do it quick, Easy, and cute. Sometimes I fail in a major way with all 3.

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  8. This was one of the first things I made as well. I love this clutch. Your fabric choice is excellent. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I found your blog through WhipperBerry. I wish someone would make me one of these. What an amazing idea! Cute fabric.

  10. This is adorable! I love the red fabric in the middle! Very cute!!

    The Smith Circle

  11. That looks so lovely! I am impressed by your sewing skills...mine are slowly growing but nothing compared to this. xoxo


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