Ida clutch

Meet the newest member of the Ida Clutch bags of Sydney. This pattern by Kylie and the machine is free and this pattern has brought joy to many clutch admirers.


In my stash building efforts, I bought this laser cut plastic-like fabric and I finally used it to test out this easy pattern. I do test most patterns because I’m curious to see how it works out. Then I’m hooked and make a few at a time.


This clutch took an hour to work out because I wanted to make a small handle.

All of these materials and notions are from the stash.


The floral print bought from Pitt Trading is kinda odd so I tried to experiment with it on this clutch.


This is an internal view of the bag. This view makes my clutch look like a hungry fish at feeding time.

This is my first Ida clutch and it won’t be my last one.

Summer samba time

Bag making is like bra making – it takes time to gather the notions but once you do, the bags just ‘make themselves’.

3 bags

Last month I was in Melbourne for Frocktails and at The Fabric Store they had these leather hides that I found fascinating. I wasn’t until I got home that I decided to grab a couple of these laser cut hides and make some totes using Sacotin Samba pattern.

Samba comes in 2 sizes and the wave contrast can be used for a more interesting looking tote.

external piecing

What you see here is the outer bag after I sewed the leather to the contrasting base fabric. I didn’t want to waste the leather under the contrast fabric and this way, the contrast seam edge is now under the leather – it won’t fray.

leather base feet

As you can see, this tote has feet. I bought these bag feet online and they won’t show wear too easily. The base fabric has glitter finish so it’s kinda festive but it doesn’t scream Christmas.

leather external

Once I made a test version I decided to look for a cleaner bag handle option. The pattern is designed for rope and rings in the fabric. I decided to go with a cleaner option of white d-rings from Spotlight. The D-rings are sewing intern the bag facing.leather hidden zip

Internally there’s a hidden zipper pocket that hides under the bag facing. The magnetic closure goes in easily and I reinforce the fabric by adding a piece of fleece under the clasp to keep it secure.

leather internal pocket

The bag pattern does have a patch pocket that is very handy.

sewing leather

I did need to use clips to hold the leather together for sewing. The other tool I used was a Teflon foot to sew the seams easily. This is such a great investment.

two leather bags

I’m preparing 2 Christmas hampers and using these bags as the containers for these goodies.

test version

This skyline print bag was my test version for using the wave shape for the main print.

This version also has bag feet and a magnetic clasp. The handles use O-rings and metal clips but I still need to get metal studs to secure the bag strap ends.

More online shopping is required – right?

Summer comfort

We’ve had all sorts of weather leading up to Summer and a jumpsuit made with fabric that meets Aussie Summer conditions is what I’ve done this month using Minerva Crafts fabrics and notions.

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McCalls 7330 isn’t a loose style but it’s comfortable enough if you use challis, chambray, cotton blends or washed silk.

I used Robert Kaufman cotton Tencel slub denim dress fabric indigo and it feels great on. I’ve lovely to work with and has enough distress in the fabric to make it look like a real favourite.

When I saw the line drawing I decided to use dark buttons on this version.

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The button tabs as shaped really well on this pattern. What you can see here is my a-ha moment once I sewed on the pants to the top.

I made a modified View D by swapping the front blouse pockets for the external pockets featured on views A and F. McCalls 7330 has enough ‘bells and whistles’ in this pattern that you can make it a few times and it will still look sensational.

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These belt loops were added after I tried on the jumpsuit to assess the waist fit and not before. Part of my reason to try it at this stage was to assess how many buttons I would need on this version.

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I used 3 buttons on this version. The top of the jumpsuit has a more defined v-neckline but it doesn’t gap. I’m short enough to do this. Everyone’s different so I’d recommend you try on your version as you sew.

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The armholes are finished using bias binding but I should have used the armhole binding pattern so the fabric had laid flatter.

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The back pants sit nicely as I did a sway back adjustment. This meant the centre back seam curve was widened at the base. I also extended the centre back waist and took it in my 2.5cm

This fabric is easy to wash, iron, cut and sew with. The weave breaths well and moves with you.

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McCalls 7330 is roomy enough to wear this comfortable but the style has enough waist definition if that’s what your shape needs.

I’m actually working on version no 3. Version no 2 is view B, a short pants version.

Thanks for Minerva Crafts for providing all the notions, pattern and fabric I needed to make this fun Summer jumpsuit.

Merry Christmas everyone. See you at the beach!