I get asked quite often if I have patterns available for my bags and purses and sadly I’ve never had time to write any – until now that is! (This year I’m making a conscientious effort to finish writing all the patterns and tutorials I started but never finished) And because I use Peltex as a base structure for most of my bag and purse designs, these new purse patterns will also be Peltex-friendly.
Peltex is a thick heavyweight stabilizer, (you can read more about it here) and I like to use it as a stabilizer for my purses because it holds the shape firmly, but it’s also easy to sew. You can mush it and crush it, sit on it and stomp on it, and it quickly bounces back into shape with just a steam iron.
I currently have three new peltex purse patterns in the works. I couldn’t choose just one great design that would make it easy for everyone to complete, so you’ll have a choice depending on your sewing skill level – beginner, intermediate and advanced. And if you’ve never used Peltex before, the beginner pattern – The Bella Clutch – which is the first pattern to be released, will be the perfect introduction to using Peltex for purse-making construction.
So let’s have a sneak peak at The Bella Clutch pattern which will be available very soon.
I like to use simple designs when making my bags and purses mainly because I like to embellish or decorate them and I like my embellishments, and sometimes my fabric choices, to take center stage.
This pattern is a beginner pattern so it’s very simple in construction and it’s very easy to make so this design will be a great introduction to working with Peltex. But just because this purse is a simple design, doesn’t mean it can’t also be a show-stopper.
The basic pattern is 10″ wide by 6″ high, and it’s a simple envelope clutch. I love clutches, particularly envelope clutches. They’re just big enough to hold the necessities and they can be quietly discreet, or make a bold or wild statement depending on the type of fabric and/or embellishments you use.
This is a little black and white number with a cute rosette in the corner – perfect for casual event. The pattern includes instructions for making the rosette.
Then there’s an option to add a pleated corner insert. And by changing the type of fabric, you get a very different clutch. This one features coordinating fashion fabrics.
With a snap closure
And finally, there’s an alternative flap design. This flap design also comes with an optional pleated corner insert (sample coming soon!) And this fabric definitely elevates the design once again. The wrinkled fabric and the contrasting colors gives it a very different flavor. (This is my new favorite.)
I’ll be sharing more information during the next few weeks about my new patterns including some tips and tricks for DIY bags and purses, so stay tuned and enjoy!