Sewing Project

Pretty Clutch Bag and Bubble Technique

Create a textured surface to a pretty fabric using the bubble technique and then turn it into a clutch bag designed by Wendy Gardiner.

• 50 × 46 cm of main fabric (19 ¾ x 18”)
• 50 × 46cm of lining fabric
• 50 × 46 cm of wadding
• Thread to match
• Button and 8cm (3”) of narrow ribbon to make button loop
• 2 pieces of 46 × 18cm Bondaweb
• 1 piece of 46 × 18cm Soluble Stabiliser (ie Vilene solufleece or soluvies)

Bubble Technique (for bag flap)
Using 2 layers of Bondaweb and 1 of soluble stabiliser, plus lots of steam, you can create a shirring effect on fabric. The fabric shrinks to about 2/3rd of the original piece. IE for a bag front, a fabric piece 46 × 18cm (18 × 7”), shrinks to approximately 33 × 16cm (13 × 6 1/4”)

• Cut the bag flap piece 46 × 18cm from main fabric.

• Fuse two layers of Bondaweb to the back of the fabric piece (fuse one, remove paper backing and attach second one)

• Remove paper backing of second Bondaweb layer and fuse a layer of soluble stabiliser.

• Stitch rows of straight stitching, approx 1cm apart across the fabric piece. Once complete, working on the ironing mat, hover a steam iron above the wrong side of the fabric and watch it shrink as the steam heats and dissolves some of the stabiliser. Leave for 1 hour before washing.

• Wash the piece to remove rest of stabiliser. NB: The fabric remains crisper/harder than the original after 1-2 washes. To get it back to a softer handle, wash by machine.

Making up bag
1. Cut out fabric pieces as follows
Bag Flap: trim the bubble to 33 × 16cm (13 × 6 /14”)
Front/back of bag: 33 × 32 (13 × 12 1/2”)
Lining and wadding 35 × 48 (13 ¾ x 19”)
1.50m of 2.5cm wide Binding (1 ½ yd of 1”) OR 1.50 m of 5cm wide strips (2”)

2. Join bag flap to main front/back piece along the long edge. Press seam.

3. Layer the lining (RS down), wadding and main fabric RS up. Pin layers together and then quilt the front and back section. Stitch around the outside edge of the textured flap. Trim all layers evenly all the way around.

4. Make a loop from the ribbon and stitch to the RS of the front of bag top edge in the centre with the loop hanging down towards the bag.

5. If necessary join strips of binding fabric to make longer lengths. If making own, fold under one long edge by 1cm and press. Pin and stitch unfolded edge of binding to bag top edge, right sides together, sandwiching the ribbon loop. Fold binding over to lining side, encasing raw edges pin from right side, folding loop back up so loop is facing away from bag and stitch in the ditch from right side (stitch along the previous seam line) catching the back of the binding as you go. Repeat for the bottom edge of the bag.

6. Fold bag bottom up by 15cm (6”) to form the bag. Stitch side seams.

7. Add binding to the sides starting and finishing at top and bottom with the ends turned in to neaten them. Fold binding to other side encasing raw edge and slip stitch the underside in place. Add button to finish.

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