Join us as local handbag designer Iris Mitchell teaches us to construct a fashionable envelope clutch that you can wear with any outfit! In this 3-hour class, students will use a pattern to cut fabrics and interfacing, and we'll learn to insert a magnetic snap closure to create this simple and elegant bag. This project is suitable for beginners, but sewers of all levels will enjoy tackling handbag construction with a pro to lead the way!
Please find the full supply list for this class here.
If you prefer to cut your fabric before class, you can find pre-cutting instructions here.
Note that you can choose to create a large or small version of this envelope clutch, so check out the measurements for each size when shopping for fabric! Also, we have more photos of this project to share here!
To better manage attendance to this instructor-led class, there will be a $5 deposit required to RSVP to this class. This deposit will be refunded to all present attendees as a $5 Spoondollar credit to be applied to any Spoonflower purchase of fabric, wallpaper, decals or gift wrap. This refund will appear in Spoonflower accounts on Friday, August 2 for all present attendees. You'll need a Spoonflower account to receive your Spoondollar credit. You can sign up for an account here (it's free!), and be sure to include the email address associated with your Spoonflower account when you RSVP.
If you RSVP yes and cannot make the class, please change your RSVP status to "No" by Monday, July 29 at 6pm for a full refund to your PayPal account. If you do not change your RSVP by this time and do not attend class, your deposit will not be refunded. Any deposits that are not refunded will be put toward future events and workshops in the Greenhouse.
Feel free to email with any questions about this class, and we hope to see you here!
Iris has a keen eye for design and detail, but she also emphasizes that the beauty of creating your own bag is that you're in control! Read on for her advice, tips, and some great inspiration as you start shopping for your fabric!
For this bag, Iris chose our linen-cotton canvas printed with Joan McLemore's blossoms modern turquoise design for the exterior.
And she lined it with Holli Zollinger's kunda_linen_light on Kona cotton. How lovely?!
The Artist’s Prerogative
No matter what fabric you choose, make it yours. When cutting out a bag, it’s not all about saving fabric. And believe me, I live by the “waste not, want not” motto when it comes to cutting out my patterns. When you see that fabric that just takes your breath away, visualize your bag made up in it. Take note of the size of the print. If choosing a fabric online, there should be a measurement of the print repeat on the swatch view to give you an idea of it actually size. If choosing your fabric in person, take a tape measure so you won’t have any surprises when you get home.
The size of the print you love can be too overwhelming for the size of your project, but it could also be exactly what you want. If the print is too large for all the colors or print to show with the body of the bag, think of strategically cutting out the flap in those very special details of the fabric you want to highlight. This brings us back to the idea of wasting bits of that fabric we covet. But don’t think that way. Think of it as a way to make the most out of your investment and giving that “POW” effect with your new project. You ARE going to be the one toting this little beauty around all the time. So what if you want to use a section of the fabric that’s in the very middle of the panel? Something in you balks at the thought of the waste. Take a big breath and just cut it. You won’t regret it once it’s done. Believe you me.
And if you love bright “in yo face!” colors, have no fear, a small project is where you want express that. It’s always the perfect way to finish off that elegant but reliable low key ensemble.
The next step is picking out the interior of your bag. Isn’t black so nice? And it goes with everything. But in the depths of a bag, it’s like looking in a cave without a headlamp on. Impossible to find anything! So in my experience, it’s best to steer away from dark colors, unless it has some type of lovely contrasting tweed or pattern to lighten it up. It’s easy enough to choose a color from your exterior fabric print. And don’t be afraid to choose another print. Sometimes you can find that floral with floral that works, but if you’re hesitant, an interesting geometric works without fail. If you have a “go with everything” solid exterior picked out, choose a fun contrasting print for the interior. It’s for your eyes only anyway. And what fun it is to open up an elegant clutch that has a happy little print inside of it!