I need a clutch purse. Seriously. This just walking around with my keys and my mobile in my hand whenever I go out just ain’t cutting it no more man.
The shameful thing is that I have tons of bag patterns – to sew and to crochet – that I have been eager to try out, but just can’t seem to find the time or motivation to actually sit down and make one. But with Christmas outing obligations, I really needed to get this bag thing sorted out.
I knew I wanted my clutch purse to be elegant and fancy enough to not look homemade. I also didn’t want it to be a large clutch, just big enough to hold the phone, the keys and some cash.
After a week of Pinterest and Ravelry deliberations, I finally selected Sarah’s Clutch, a crochet pattern by Sarah Cooper (sarahsweethearts.blogspot.com).
Pattern Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn with Size H Crochet hook, fabric for lining
Materials Used: Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 Cotton Crochet Thread in Natural with Size E Crochet Hook, 2 pieces of cotton fabric for lining, interfacing, and a magnetic closure
Did it look like the photo on the pattern once finished? Yes. The stitch looks exactly like the designer’s.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super simple to follow and modify to suit your preferences.
Any likes or dislikes about the pattern? The beauty of the stitch is amazing. No dislikes at all.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: To achieve my look, I chose Size 3 Cotton Thread instead of worsted weight yarn. I crocheted the full piece to be about 8 inches wide by 10 inches long; then folded it in three, to give a short front cover. I interfaced the two fabric lining pieces to give the finished bag more structure. I sewed that lining by hand, if you please. I also added a magnetic closure. Meant to add a hand loop at the side, but completely forgot during assembly.
Possibility of crocheting it again? Definitely yes. Next time will make it longer so that the fold-over piece is just as wide as the body of the bag so that it can have a much neater looking finish. I also want to add a wrist strap and an interior pocket for even greater practicality and convenience.
Enjoy your holidays!