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Amy Karol’s Artsy Clutch – Free Fabric Project

I picked up this wonderful book, “Bend-The-Rules Sewing” by Amy Karol.  I was looking for some inspiration for my next  free fabric project.  The cute colorful little clutch with the great looking vintage button on the cover immediately caught my eye.

This book has some wonderful projects and I am looking forward to creating many more of Amy’s designs. Her blog, Angry Chicken, is also quite wonderful and has a little bit for everyone.

The clutch pattern includes a template for painting on the exterior fabric prior to sewing but I decided to skip this step. The fabric I wanted to use for the project already had a nice print on it and really I am just too impatient to wait for paint to dry.  I also used a covered hair elastic instead of elastic cording because that is what I had on hand.  They are a nice alternative to the elastic cording. However use the type without metal, like these I found on Amazon.

I often improvise when creating something from a pattern. I will adjust the measurements, add embellishments, or use different fabrics. Of course this has worked equally wonderfully and horribly.  Thankfully this has resulted in more wonderful projects than horrible. For this project I stuck to the directions (except noted above) and I had great results. The pattern directions were extremely clear and only one page – yahoo!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out with sewing or someone who just wants to complete some fun quick projects with great tips to guide you. Stay tuned for my next Free Fabric Project.

Until next time…

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Laptop Cover on the Fly – Free Fabric Project

One of the things I love to do while waiting for my bus and/or train is to look at what people are giving away for free on  I look, even when I am not in the market for anything.  A few weeks ago I scored big! A home furnishing store was giving away fabric samples and all I had to do was go pick them up. This was a win-win: add to my stash with no guilt of spending unnecessary money.

The first project I created with this new lovely fabric was a laptop cover for my work laptop.  My laptop is  small – a Dell XPS 13 – so I did not have to use much of the fabric. First I picked out several small rectangle samples in a coordinating color scheme and went to town patching them together. Once I had a large rectangle I realized the bag would be a bit too small for the laptop, so I added a 1″ strip of fabric down each long side of the rectangle and use the same fabric to create the flap closure.

As usual, I sort of winged the whole project without really taking measurements until I needed to cut the lining and felt and fusible fleece I used to add extra cushion to protect the laptop.  After I created the laptop cover I wanted to see what laptop sleeve or laptop cover tutorials were out there that I could have used.

  • Here is great PDF tutorial I found on SewMamaSew. This laptop cover opens on the short side, which on further reflection might work better for me when I go to meetings.

I love to look at tutorials and patterns for great inspiration when creating something new and both of the blogs listed above have wonderful ideas.  I am already making a list of all the creative things I can make with this new fabric!