Today is Friday again. The day I make something that I want to make rather than things I have to make but I was so excited to receive the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern as a gift that I just had to make it a day earlier. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!
First of all let me tell you that since I made my fabric flowers on the last post I lost my mojo and just couldn't get it back. I thought making something I really wanted would solve the problem. Boy was I wrong!!!!!!!
First mistake was no mojo
Second mistake was I ignored the fact that this wallet should be made up in quilting cottons and decided to make it in upholstery fabric.
Third mistake was sewing it on my domestic sewing machine becasue I didn't have the right colour thread for my industrial machine.
You have no idea the amount of unpicking I did on this wallet not to mention the sweat and cursing LOLLLLL, that of course had nothing to do with the pattern itself just bad judgment on my part. Anyway it's finished and I love it. Her she is, I deserve a pat on the back for finishing this one LOLLL
I love this colour. I'd had this fabric for some and thought it would be perfect for this wallet LOLL
The pattern is by Janelle at Emmaline Bags. Well written pattern with good instructions and photos. I definitely recommend you make one of these. You'll love it.
The sun was flooding into my room so took this close up to try to show you the specs of glitter in the floral fabric.
The top stitching on the floral piece I unpicked about three times. I originally did the stitching in the lilac colour of the fabric and it just showed up all my wonky stitches LOLL. Getting around the magnetic button was really difficult but doable. The pattern has a twist lock so it would be much easier to sew and prettier.
Here's something I hope you won't see again, EVER. I have never in my life done stitching as bad as this, not even close LOLLL. This is where I was trying to sew my zipper in. Can you see the holes. I'd already unpicked it once. I ended up sewing this four times before I got it right. I just know I'm ruining my reputation here LOLLL but thought I'd show it so you can all see what happens when you sew without your mojo.
After finishing the wallet I noticed I'd put my zipper pouch in the wrong way round. Mine opens from right to left.
Sewing the sides with all the thickness I had was a nightmare. NOTE TO SELF, always make sure I have the correct colour thread so I can use my industrial sewing machine.
I love all the space and pockets in this wallet. Janelle also has a free tutorial on how to make a wrist strap and shoulder strap for this wallet HERE.
The conclusion is I'm head over heals in love with my new wallet and once I get my mojo back I'll make another. This time in quilting cottons or at least have the right thread so I can make one in upholstery fabrics on my industrial machine becasue I love the heavier feel of it.
Happy Sewing to you all and hope you're having better luck than me.
~ Maria ~