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31 Days: Color – Day 21: Mellow Yellow Clutch

Remember these pants?

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As soon as I chopped the legs off of them to make a skirt, I thought they were the perfect size to make a clutch. I had forgotten that I was going to make another clutch this month. So here’s the 2nd one. Don’t be surprised if there’s a 3rd. They aren’t too difficult to make, so they’re a little addictive.

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I removed the hem and seams from the legs, leaving the largest piece of fabric I could.

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Then I evened up the sides to make the sides a perfect rectangle. The measurements are 8 1/2″ x 16″ for each piece.

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I placed right sides together and sewed one side, what would be the bottom of the clutch.

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I pressed open that seam.

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Next I found some charcoal gray felt for the liner. I cut this to 16″ x 17″.

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I decided to attach the two pieces of fabric together before attempting the zipper. I placed the liner felt facing the wrong side of the corduroy before sewing.

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Then I sewed the zipper on each side by facing the the right side (meaning outside when closed) down on the right side of the corduroy. (Yes, you expert zipper-sewers, I quickly realized that I didn’t line the zipper up correctly. I’m okay with it for this project, but I should have reread the directions before sewing.) I repeated this on the other side of the clutch. Then I unzipped the zipper halfway before sewing up the remaining sides of the clutch. I turned it inside out and pushed the corners out.

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And there it is, a new clutch from the leftovers of a pair of pants.

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A random interesting result of this 31 Days of Color has been seeing the projects to be done lined up beside each other (I have a little garment rack that’s been holding all my “diamonds in the rough” in the garage). It’s given me fresh eyes for color combinations. Orange and yellow is my current favorite.

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And clearly life has mellowed out since the Rummage Sale. If you’ve been following this 31 Days series, you’ll notice I’m a day behind in posting my projects. I’m totally fine with it. See what a good night’s sleep will do for you?

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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5 thoughts on “31 Days: Color – Day 21: Mellow Yellow Clutch

  1. You make orange and yellow look very sophisticated :) I love the clutch, it’s the perfect colour and size that I never thought of but now I need it!

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