More clutches!

I realize you’ve already seen a few clutches on my site lately (here, and here) , but today you’re going to see more a couple more! I’m the kind of sewist who likes to conquer a skill. This means that when I come up with a new idea, I do it over and over and over again until I’m satisfied that my results are perfect. Well, perfect is almost impossible, so as close to perfect as possible.

If you were following me way back last year when I conquered Abby’s shorts pattern, you already know this about me. I’ve also sewn about 20 Tied Summer Dresses (ack! that pattern is coming this spring, I promise!) and there are currently a number of baby shoes floating around this house. I rely heavily on muslin for practicing my patterns, so you can imagine I buy that stuff on a regular basis.

The bottom line is this: I don’t give up on something until I get it just right, which means you’re going to see a lot of clutches around here. Ha! I think that’s ok, because I’ve gathered from my friends, readers, and Instagram followers (@cailamade) that a lot of ladies want to sew accessories. They just don’t always know how. Well, I’m here to bravely go before you (sewing a million accessories) and report back.

Remember how I promised you a pattern and tutorial for a metal frame clutch? It’s almost ready, I promise! If I can get the tutorial written tonight, you’ll have it all tomorrow. In the meantime, how about we look at a few more of these babies?

This little orange number was part of a gift I sent to my friend and fellow blogger, Melissa from Melly Sews. If you haven’t visited her site yet, you better hop over there now! She’s the designer behind Blank Slate patterns, and constant source for inspiration in the boy-sewing world. We need as much of that as we can get!

The outside of this clutch is made from Heather Ross’s Far Far Away II line (no surprise there), and the inside is made from… a Sandi Henderson print, I think? I’ll have to look it up and plug it in here later.

The clasp is a 5″ metal frame, purchased on Etsy. I’ll have some information on that for you when my pattern is up.

This next little gal, I mean purse, was made for my very dear friend Vanessa, from Designs by Sessa. We like to call each other blogging BFFs, because a lot of very inspiring and encouraging emails go back and forth between us. She is such a treasure!

Looking through my pictures I realized that the only pictures I took of this clutch were taken at night with terrible lighting. Oops!

My comment above about Vanessa has led me to insert this random piece of advice in a post about clutches: if you ever want to get to know a blogger, just email her. Last Spring I came across Vanessa’s blog because of Shorts on the Line and sent her an email to say hi. Next thing I knew, we were fast friends! The same is true of other sewing/blogging friends who are a constant source of support, encouragement and advice.

So, if there is someone out there who inspires you, teaches you, and/or encourages you, send an email! Do you feel alone in this vast world of sewists? Send an email! Do you need some help with a project? Email someone! Need help finding fabric? Email me!

Haha. But seriously, email me any time! I love, love, love making new friends.

Ok, that’s all for today, folks. I have to go make dinner and wake my little sleeping Loves. Thanks for visiting CailaMade!


  1. says

    Awww! I love this post for way too many reasons, but mostly all the nice stuff you said about me! LOL! Love you girlie!!! And I love my awesome clasp pouch and now that I know you made like 20 bazillion, I’m going to treasure it even more!!!

  2. says

    Lookin’ pretty great to me, girl! Keep it up! Agree about bloggers, it’s so fun to make so many friends all over the WORLD through photos and email (though so frustrating when you can’t hang out in person!).