I had a serious crush on this gold leather ever since Sarah got it into the fabric shop, but there was something keeping it from becoming mine, all mine: I don’t buy leather or leather products new, only used. So every time a customer would look over the selection of leathers and remark how beautiful it was my stomach would go to knots. I knew that since I wouldn’t buy it I had to accept that it would go home with someone else. “So,” you ask, “how did I end up with this loveliest of leathers?” The answer, in one word, is Katy. She surprised me with it as a housewarming gift after I moved to a new apartment in June. Did I mention this girl also helped me move? She’s the best! Seriously.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the leather of my dreams: an envelope style clutch purse. I found this (free!) pattern designed by Jen of Grainline Studio for Design Love Fest and realized it was absolutely perfect for what I had in mind. The pattern calls for a button and cording closure, but I found this gold turn-lock hardware on Etsy and knew it’d be perfect.
I decided to line my clutch with the Dear Stella Gilt Trip Celebration fabric (although the pattern does not call for a lining). This is where I ran into a bit of trouble. I thought I could re-trace the clutch pattern with 1/2′ seam allowance added all around and be able to turn under the edge of the fabric lining cleanly to match the cut edge of the leather and top stitch it together, seems simple enough right? Well, it just would not cooperate, so I opted to stitch the lining fabric to the leather without turning it under at the edges. I then trimmed down the seam allowance and used leather glue to seal the cut edge of the fabric to the leather to keep it from fraying. I added a little contrasting grosgrain ribbon to the interior of the top flap by gluing it down.
I was so nervous the entire time I was constructing this clutch because the materials were so precious to me and I haven’t sewn any leather since working for the theater costume shop in college. I am so pleased with how it turned out – despite the hiccups with including a lining – it is exactly what I had envisioned.
– the dreamiest, creamiest golden leather
– 1/2 Yard Dear Stella Gilt Trip Celebration cotton
– 1 gold turn-lock
– Eco-Flo leather weld from Tandy Leather Factory
– 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon