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Bag sewing and adornment.

MargieT | Posted in General Discussion on

Can I recommend an excellent basic pattern for a clutch bag from Kwik Sew and it’s free!!. It is a free download from www.Kwiksew.com.  The pattern number is 5001.  The purse comes in 2 sizes – 9 1/2″[24cm] and 10 1/2′[27cm] and comes with the usual excellent Kwik Sew instructions and diagrams. It took me about 2 hours to make the small one. The purse only requires 3/8yd [0.35m] of fabric and lining.



  1. JanF | | #1

    Thanks for this - its a brill. info and help tool for a pupil of mine making bags as part of exam piece!
    Thanks Janet

  2. thimbles1260 | | #2

    Thank you for the clutch bag site. I copied and filed it in my "to do when I retire file". No time now, but I love the idea!! It looks like it could be an evening gab, a casual bag or even a cosmetic bag!

    1. MargieT | | #6

      You're right - this bag has so many possibilities.  It would be great if you had a special dress for a wedding and needed a great bag without paying a fortune.


    2. MargieT | | #8

      Don't wait until you retire - it only takes about 2 hours including tracing and cutting it out.

      1. thimbles1260 | | #9

        I have so many irons in the fire now, I won't get to it until I retire! (That's only four months away.)  LOL  It's really a cute bag though with so very many possibilities!!

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    blondie2sew | | #3

    Thanks for sharing!!

    What a simple project!! I too will keep this to have on hand!!

    I think if you want to put straps on it as well why not!!


    1. MargieT | | #7

      It's great what you can find accidently on the internet isn't it?

  4. NansiM | | #4

    Thanks for the tip-it is a great bag with lots of possibilities for fabric choice and embellishment.  Do you have any favorite interfacing choices for bag making?  I like the look of the firmer types, but have found that they crease when you turn the bag right side out and you can't press it out.  This style probably doesn't need a stiff one, but I've tried others and not been thrilled with the results.  I love doing little bags for bridesmaids and lately more tailored styles are what they seem to prefer.

    1. MargieT | | #5

        Nan, I wasn't really happy with the interfacing I used for my bag, I think it could have been a better quality as I had trouble with getting it to adhere properly to the material. [I can't tell you the brand name as  I am not sure] However, I would not use a thicker one as I had no trouble turning the bag through. It was great fun to make.


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