Ever since I saw Amy Butler's project for a fashion checkbook clutch, I have been wanting to adapt it to make a sewing clutch. I have the fabric. I even have the peltex. I keep forgetting which length of zipper to buy.
I have been stalling though. Then I realised that it was because I didn't want to sew an expensive, fiddly project if it turned out to be not-quite-right. Which leads me to...the beta version.
I made this clutch using a travel pouch from our last holiday that came with our tickets, itinerary etc. I sewed lines down the existing pockets to create smaller pockets. I sewed in a mini pincushion. I had to slide a piece of plastic in behind the pincushion to stop the pins coming through to the outside. I sewed in a couple of zip-lock bags to hold buttons and hooks-and-eyes. I sewed in a length of elastic to hold cotton reels. Twenty minutes and almost zero cost.
I love that this clutch is flat, and can be carried easily amongst books, magazines etc. It will live in my tote bag, because I like to carry around my hand-stitching for the odd times where I am sitting, waiting...football training, gymnastics carnivals etc.
If it works well, I may go on to the real version, but then, if it works really well, I may not need to.