The Flip Clutch Wallet Sewing Pattern

 

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So… my latest pattern release is The Flip Clutch Wallet. A lovely spacious ladies wallet and phone case.me purses2

It’s such an easy fun make, and comes together pretty quickly too.

It was also my first foray into cork, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I’ll definitely be using more of it going forward.

It can be made in virtually anything though – quilting cottons, wool, vinyl or leather, and has a wide range of options for endless finishes. It’s such a fun make. Once you have made one, you won’t be able to stop.

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It is the perfect accessory for carrying all your essentials: coins, cards and notes. It even has a handy compartment for your phone. A functional and firm wallet with a convenient wrist strap option.

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I wanted to design a wallet that was different to any other sewing patterns, obviously we all know and love Emmaline’s Necessary Clutch, it’s probably the best known bag pattern available, so I wanted to make sure my creation was a completely different option.

I first considered what my wallet needed to be for my lifestyle – Obviously I need to carry change, notes and credit cards, but I also often carry more than one currency, as I am often in other parts of Europe. When I grab my wallet to head out to the shops, I don’t always want to carry a handbag, so somewhere to keep my phone safely, without chance of it falling out was a necessity, room for my car keys, and for carrying it, a removable wrist strap

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The Flip has a really generous zipped pocket at one side for change and keys, and a phone pocket large enough for an XL phone and maybe a lipstick at the other. The centre panel folds out to reveal 8 credit card slots; each slot being able to hold more than one card. There are also two separate pockets for bank notes behind the credit card slots, which easily fit UK or US/Euro notes – If like me you carry notes in two separate currencies, you can keep them in the two separate note pockets. These are all held securely together with a magnetic clasp.
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The generous flap securely fastens with either a magnetic clasp or a twist lock. Pattern pieces are included for both rounded and V-shaped flaps, and I will be issuing new shapes for the flap free here on the blog.
The wrist strap gives you the option to use it as an evening bag.

With a host of alternative options that come free with the pattern for wrist strap application, flap shapes, adding Emmaline Bags Metal Edge Trim and twist lock fastenings.
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Bling it up however you like

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Did I tell you it also has a lovely bottom!

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I must also say thank you to my lovely testers who spotted my daft mistakes and suggested some really worthwhile improvements to the wallet.

Here are a few of my talented tester’s wallets

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Thanks for joining me, and watch out for new flap shapes coming soon.

Happy sewing !

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A bag fit for a bag-maker

You already know I am a bag fanatic. But did you know, I hardly ever carry one of my own bags. Yes, for a night out or a holiday I do, I am forever making one suitable, but not when it comes to my everyday bag.

As you can imagine, I do have rather a large collection of handbags, favouring something strong in leather that I can stuff to the gunnels with ever more junk that I carry around when leaving the house – how did we ever manage with small handbags??

So I finally made a bag for myself for everyday use. Amazing we bagmakers don’t ever have time to make one for ourselves.print

What started me on this thought was seeing a fabric on a Facebook board that was just so ‘Me’, I couldn’t live without it, and then trying to track the print down all over America. I just had to have it; it was so apt and just perfect for an everyday bag for a stitch lover like me. I finally got hold of some and then had to wait impatiently for it to arrive a month later.

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Yes, I’ve finally got my hands on it! I don’t look too happy, must have been the extra charges.

I wanted a tote bag as I often stuff a bit of shopping in there along with dog treats (and the odd poo bag), a purse the size of a bag, sweets, scissors, my Kindle, tablet etc etc, but to improve on the tote bag I currently use, I wanted to add lots of pocketry in the lining so I could find things like my phone, keys and car park ticket easily without having to empty out the whole bucket on the street swearing and cussing that I’ve lost them, happens every time!

My gorgeous bright sewing print fabric never arrived and after chasing the American supplier numerous times, I located it in a Royal Mail warehouse in Manchester. Finally – oh not quite, I had to pay £18 to get it out. In the end it was probably the most expensive fabric I have ever bought per metre when you include the shipping and charges.

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I already had my pattern planned out with a wide top opening tapering to a nice rounded base, with leather handles large enough to get over the shoulder. I felt the print needed framing somehow, so I pulled out some black from my vinyl stash. I’m such a snob though. I like a leather bag, so off I went to my leather stash, but it revealed nothing that was large enough for the whole width of the bag. Then, light bulb moment – I remembered, that black leather jacket that’s been hanging in my wardrobe that I hadn’t worn since nineteen oatcake!

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I cut pieces from the sleeves of the leather jacket to make a top and bottom frame for the side panels and used the back of the jacket to make a quilted base with lovely gold feet.

I used Bosal foam throughout so the bag will stand on its own (knowing I tend to throw things in my bag like it were a basketball hoop)

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Yeah, I know, it’s inside out.

I set the whole thing off with extremely bright pink lining trimmed with accents in the Love Sewing print (I still don’t know who it’s by). A large divided pocket on one side for my Kindle and chargers, three pockets on the other side – suitable for phones, pen diary etc, plus a specific Polo (the mint with the holo) pocket at one end. Yes its true, I did – well I carry them everywhere and it’s so hard to find them in the bottom of a tote bag full of crap.

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I added a concealed zip opening to the top using a rather beautiful gold Emmaline zip with double puller – so decadent!

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I added leather handles that I had harvested from a bag some time ago, and had been sitting around waiting for the ideal project – not the easiest things to stitch on though through the 8 layers I had included, but thankfully now attached. If they ever get loose, I will be hauling out the rivet machine, I couldn’t face that fight again with the sewing machine.

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So here it is, my finished project I hope you like it. I am really pleased with it, but haven’t started using it yet as I don’t want to get it dirty! Right, I am going to swap all my handbag contents over to it right now and make it part of my everyday life – And I’ll get much more wear out of that leather jacket this way too.

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If I get lots of adoring comments when I am out and about – I may even make this bag my next published pattern.

Oh, I made a purse to match this morning too! (Another pattern that I have on the go at the moment) A girl has gotta have matching accessories. Maybe I could make some shoes next.

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A Bag’s Story – A reason for being

hero.So…Today I launched my new transforming bag pattern onto an unsuspecting public.

I believe every bag has a story and here is this one’s.

Last year we booked to go to Florida on holiday and of course the first thing I think of (it is me!) is what bags to take with limited luggage.

I knew I would be commuting through airports, whizzing down water slides and screaming on roller coasters, fishing in the Florida Keys and shopping in as many malls I could possibly get to.

One of the real deciding factors on bag choices was that I knew one hotel we were staying at ran a local shopping and Prosecco trip on bikes… (how exciting, lets out a little squeal) what bag could possibly perform all these functions?? (Yes, this was the hotel below, nice huh!)

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Oh shiz, what was I to do?? I needed at least 4 bags but with no space to carry them all in my luggage. That was the moment I realised the bag I needed didn’t exist, and the idea of ‘the switch’ was born

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I needed something that could look nice for shopping, but was practical enough to be ‘hands free’ when required. Thankfully I no longer have babies and toddlers, but it would be good for that too!

Once the idea was born, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I made a few prototypes but the straps took time to change over, you had to unhook from one place and hook back on to another, many toiles hit the bin.

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So I thought long and hard about how it could work without the faff, and finally came up with the patented ‘switch strap’

The bag transforms with just one single tug from a backpack to a cross-body or shoulder bag, and back again just as easily.


The straps are adjustable and long enough to fit even a leggy 6 foot lady (Which unfortunately I am not, I’m just a little short-arse!), but I made sure the bag would accommodate any size or shape.

A large easy access front pocket is great for travel documents and tickets, while a big zip compartment holds my iPad, phone, make-up and purse securely

I used fusible foam in the construction which gives brilliant protection for your electronics, and gives the bag a beautiful fixed rounded shape thanks to the added darts at the bottom, which in turn ensures more storage space inside the bag.

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Style it up or style it down. I made a lovely Aztec print version to go on holiday and then a navy velvet and gold festooned one for weekends at home to go clubbing. (Nope that is a complete lie, I haven’t been in a club for years. Well apart from that one time…but that’s a different story)

I had so many compliments on holiday that I thought I better share it as my next pattern. You can buy it here

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You know the good thing about a new bag is – your bum never looks big in it.

Now, don’t be copying my idea because my husband made me patent it (he’s like that)

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Flexible container anyone?

A lovely round bottom

The Shapely Tote – there is nothing like a lovely round bottom.

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The Shapely Tote sewing pattern

So….if you are looking for a bell bottom tote bag that makes a beautiful every day handbag, (and even if you aren’t), look no further.

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The major selling feature is there is no hardware required ! Always a massive plus point for me because when I want to make something, it always seems that I don’t have exactly the right components already in my considerable stash, so I have to start shopping around stores and web sites to find the right bits of metalwork.

That of course leads to a massive shopping spree to stock up on any other bits I imagine I may be requiring over the next 6 months (which usually then sit in a drawer for eternity), and also means I cannot make it there and then – and I am a kind of immediate gratification type of girl.

So, one click of the finger, grab your sewing paraphernalia, and away you go.

It is a pretty easy and quick make too. Not many PDF pattern pieces to stick together, and once you have cut everything out it goes together really quickly.

The bag has an inside phone pocket and a large profile stitched outer pocket which has a contrast bound top edge as a style feature.

I used fusible foam inside (Bosal or Annies Soft and Stable) I find the one side fusible foam is by far the best for me; it holds the fabric shape and crispness so much better than sew-in foam and the bag will stand up on its own.  I have been waiting for this product to become commercially available for years (whilst using car headliner in the long interim period)

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The bag has a generous gusset, which is pretty easy to attach, and means that the finished tote has lots of room inside for your essentials and even your sandwiches on a day out.

I made this example up in Harris tweed, but it is suitable for most medium weight fabrics including tweeds, denim and medium weight furnishing weight cottons. Did I tell you of my deep love for Harris Tweed. Actually someone from Harris Tweed recently posted on a photo of a Harris Tweed bag on one of my Facebook posts that I had used it the wrong way round – woops, sorry HT – just shows how much I know (Just like John Snow)

Lots of colour photos and comprehensive instructions to walk you through every stage of makeup, and it’s a sew and sell pattern so you are welcome to sell your finished article in small scale.

I just checked the definition of ‘bag’ in the dictionary, and it states – a flexible container with an opening at the top, used for carrying things

Maybe I should change my shop name to FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS ?

Anyway you can get the pattern here:

Happy sewing!

NEWS FLASH !

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NEWS FLASH! Spencer Ogg pattern featured yesterday on the front page of Pattern Pile   (grab a wee discount code to celebrate)

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Lovely to see one of my patterns on their site. I have been selling this sewing pattern steadily for a while now, it’s a firm favourite, and it is available in various sizes to fit various tablet and iPad models-

  • iPad models 1 2 3 and 4, and any tablet up to a size of
    9.56″ x 7.47″ x 0.5″ (24.3cm x 19cm x 1.3cm) click here
  • iPad Air models, and any tablet up to a size of  9.4″ x 6.6″ x 0.3″ (24cm x 16.9cm x 0.75cm) click here
  • iPad mini and similar size tablets: (Blackberry Playbook/HTC Flyer/Lenovo IdeaPad A1/Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and many more)
    7.87 in × 5.30 in × 0.28 in (20 cm × 13.5 cm × 0.7 cm) click here

I’ts a nice easy make and you can use up lots of your stash of oddments and pretty haberdashery.

Use the code OGG10 at checkout to grab a 10% discount on any patterns on my Etsy Shop PDF Patterns Plus

I think I may pop a bottle of Prosecco tonight to celebrate

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So you bought a machine, what next !! Part 2

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Part 2 of my post on starting to sew and care of your machine. In this post I am going to concentrate on solving problems and then a little light maintenance.

Do you suffer with tension, arghhhhh! Yes, the thing we hate the most. I spend more time messing about with machine tensions than anything else.
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We all struggle with tension problems – particularly to start with, I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to throw my machine down the stairs over the years – its still beats us all sometimes!

 

click on the pic below for an informative read on solving tension problems – from All Free Sewing

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Understanding Sewing Machine Tension from Crafty Baba also gives good advice on this subject.

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and finally, a gentle video on sewing machine maintenance – from Easy Sewing for beginners. Get your tea and biscuits at the ready again.

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Lots more tips on my Pinterest board here

If you didn’t catch part 1 you can see it here

 

So you bought a machine, what next!! Part 1

Many of my clients are brand new to sewing, have bought their first sewing machine and wondering how to get started. If it makes you feel like this…….

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I’ve brought together a few tips and tutorials on how to thread up your machine and start stitching, solving problems and then a little light maintenance. I’ve split this post into two as there is lots of information.

Great for newbie sewers but also a great reminder for those of us (particularly me, with the memory of a goldfish) how things work and that we should be cleaning and oiling our babies regularly.

Two nice tutorials here on the basics of how to thread up and start using a sewing machine – from Fleece Fun and The Creative Curator, depending whether you like a video or photo tutorial

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Next, get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit (I particularly like Wagon Wheels for this), and let’s have a look at which foot to use for which job – by Raechel Myers

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and then choosing the right needle (may require another Wagon Wheel) – by Melanie Kham.

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Which stitch to choose – tips from the Sewing Corner. I know, its a lot to take in all at once. I promise to stop after this.

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Part 2 coming right up

Lots more tips on my Pinterest board here