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Laura’s Clutch Pattern

A Crochet Needle Bag

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Embellished with Pinwheel Petals and Mother of Pearl buttons and pearls
Finished size 8 ” x 4” when closed

I needed a functional but durable little bag to keep my crochet needles and other related paraphernalia into. My current and only one I have ever owned is similar but smaller and only one pocket. I find having just the one pocket makes it difficult to find what I’m looking for. I have to pour it all out and look for what I need. I made it back in the 1970’s and it is worn out.

Embellishments (optional)

First, embellish your bag any way you desire, be it embroidery, quilting, paper piecing,crochet designs, etc. I used machine embroidery, buttons, and pearls to embellish my bag.

If you plan to add buttons or other hardware, wait to add it after the bag is made.

Use diagram A (below) as a guide where to add the embellishments, in lilac.

Notions

  • Main Fabric - ⅓ yard* plain or printed woven - your choice. I used 28 ct Monaco for its durability.
         *For machine embroidery bag yard to fit the 120 x 200 hoop or larger.
  • Lining Fabric - ⅓ yard or 1 fat quarter plain or printed - your choice. This will be used for the lining and the pockets. I used 100% cotton fabric from my quilting stash that matched the main fabric and the embroidery colors I used.
  • ShirTailor yard - fusible stabilizer
  • Fusible Quilt Batting ⅓ yard - I use Quilter's Dream cotton/poly fusible batting
  • Velcro - 4 inches to match the lining and the main fabric; I used white and pink.
  • Threads to match lining and main fabric

 




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Diagram A - The  Main Fabric

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Optional: For Embroidery

  1. Cut out main fabric 15 x 14 inches to fit the 200 x 140 hoop
  2. Fuse one layer of ShirTailor Fusible stabilizer to the back side of the main fabric followed by one layer of Quilter’s Dream fusible cotton/poly batting to the back
  3. See diagram A for location of the embroidery designs, in lilac. I used 8 inch designs from Pinwheel Petals Collection
  4. Sew the embroidery following the manufacturers recommendations.
  5. Then continue instructions laid out below.

For all bags

  1. Cut out the main fabric 9 ” x 13 ” .
  2. If you embroidered your fabric as I did, there should be at least ⅝” outside of  either side of the embroidery.
  3. If you have not already done so, fuse one layer of ShirTailor fusible stabilizer to the back side of the main fabric followed by one layer of Quilter's Dream fusible cotton/poly batting. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for the fusing.

 

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Wristlet

  1. Cut main fabric 3” x 15”
  2. Fold in half and press. This will be a guideline to the center of the strip of fabric
  3. Open.
  4. Fold over one cut edge to the center fold line and press
  5. Fold over the other cut edge to the center fold line and press
  6. Fold the fabric in half and press. That makes 4 layers of fabric total.
  7. At the sewing machine sew a straight stitch ⅛” from the edge on each side
  8. Next sew a straight stitch ⅜” from the edge on each side.
  9. Place the wristlet onto the main fabric.
  10. See diagram A for placement, in gray.
  11. Off set the two ends to prevent excess thickness in that area.
  12. Align the two cut ends with the cut edge of the main fabric
  13. Stitch it down with a straight stitch with ” seam allowance

 

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Lining

  1. Cut out the lining fabric 9 ” x 13 ”
  2. Fuse one layer of ShirTailor to the backside of the fabric.
  3. Following diagram B place the 4” strip of the hook side of the Velcro centered and 1 inch from the cut edge of the lining. Use the Velcro color that matches the lining fabric. I used pink.
  4. Sew the velcro on with a straight stitch twice at about 1/16” from the edge

Pockets

  1. Cut out the pockets from the lining fabric 9 ” x 16 ”
  2. Fuse one layer of ShirTailor to the backside of the fabric.
  3. With RST (right sides together) sew the two cut ends with seam allowance.
  4. Press seam flat.
  5. Press seam open.
  6. You now have a tube of fabric with one seam that is pressed open.
  7. Turn tube RSO (right side out)
  8. Flatten the tube so there is a fold at the top and at the bottom.
  9. Keep the seam 3” from the top or bottom fold. I do this to avoid the extra bulk of a seam being at the bottom of the fold of the bag and I don’t want it to be one of the folds.
  10. Press the top and bottom folds of the fabric tube.
  11. This is the pockets.

 

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