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framed clutch purses

rsew | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Help!  I’m interested in learning how to make framed clutch purses. Does anyone know where I can locate instructions and the frames for the purses?  I’d like to use up some of my fabric stash.

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  1. katina | | #1

    Hi Sherry

    Try googling - there's quite a lot of info and suppliers out there.

    Good luck - Katina

  2. cafms | | #2

    Try Linda McGehee at http://www.ghees.com/  She has all kinds of things for purses.  I've taken purse classes with her twice and she is really nice.

    1. Majick | | #3

      While we are on the topic, what does one use to line a purse with? I mean a stiffening product, like cardboard, but better? I don't like the idea of plastic needlepoint canvas, but that has the type of body I'm after.

      1. cafms | | #4

        Timtex is stiff and has been used. Check Clotilde or Nancy's Notions.   It seems like we used fusible fleece in the purses we made with Linda McGehee.  I went to her website and looked but didn't see anything right off.  She also has your interface with a fusible tricot all the fabric you are going to put in.

      2. marymary | | #5

        I use Timtex and glue several layers together to get the weight I want.  I let the glue dry overnight under weights, usually books. Then I cover it with the lining fabric and slip it inside the purse.  This has worked well for me.

        1. Majick | | #6

          Hello Marymary
          Thanks for the tip, I'll give that a try. I would like to make a matching purse for a dress I'm making for my daughter-in-law, as a surprise. One last question, what is Timtex and where does one get it?
          Thanks again

          1. marymary | | #7

            Do a search on Timtex and you will find lots of places to buy it online.  Peltex is the same product by a different company, Pellon, I think.  I think you can buy Peltex at JoAnns or Hancocks.  Bought a large supply and have not had to buy any for quite some time, so I am out of the loop. 

          2. Majick | | #8

            Hi Marymary
            Thanks I'll do that.

          3. janetmiller1 | | #9

            Hi.  A few years ago Kari Mecca had lovely frames and a variety of instructions for making clutch and clasp framed purses.  I don't know if she still has them -- she has loads of other swell stuff however, even if she isn't involved with purses now, she is a terrific creative and informative source.  I believe her website is Karimeaway.com

          4. rsew | | #10

            Thanks for the input.  I'm still looking for basic clutch frames.  Seems almost impossible to find what I want in the USA.  I have found a sight in Australia and the UK.   I really do not want to pay for the shipping /handling.  Would prefer to find frames here if possible.


          5. funkyjazzdesigns | | #12

            Check http://www.umei.com.  I have a catalog of theirs from a number of years ago and its filled with hardware for purses, handgabs, etc.


          6. rsew | | #13

            Thanks for your input.  I have looked at this site but cannot locate clutch purse frames yet.


          7. decoratrice | | #14

            Look in your local thrift store for used clutches and liberate the frames from them.  It's also a good source for purse hardware , necktie innards, swimsuit bras, and all sorts of things--and "green" to boot!

  3. KharminJ | | #11

    G'Mornin, RSew!Don't know if you've tried this route, but go into EBay and use their search function for "purse frames". Not only will you *probably* come up with several oddlots, but many suppliers of various things also have a *store* or *website* listed where you can order on-going supplies... My buddy Jeffrey just located parts for his new craft business that way. Best of Fortune to you in your hunt! Kharmin

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