The Coraline Clutch from Swoon Patterns (*affiliate link) has been on my "Want to Sew" list for quite a while. I finally sewed one and love it! Hopefully someone likes her as much as I do, since this bag is headed to a local silent auction as a donation. The outer fabric is corduroy, upcycled from a pair of pants that a friend gave to me thinking I could use them for a sewing project (thoughtful friend!). I love the color and the way the corduroy gives shape and stability to the clutch. I used a metallic gold zipper that I bought at JoAnn fabric, which is also where I purchased the lining fabric.
The Coraline pattern* offers sizing for a small or large clutch with handles (this is the small version) and the option for a wrist strap for the smaller version instead of handles (as here). The recessed zipper not only keeps everything secure, but also provides the opportunity for a pop of color or style feature.
For this Coraline, the only changesI made were:
- a greater seam allowance across the bottom of the lining (and when handstitching the opening closed after turning) so that the lining would lie better inside the clutch.
- 9" instead of the 10" zipper called for in the pattern (only because the metallic zippers are 9"). I did not make any adjustments for the shorter zipper and it worked fine.
- did not topstitch at the top of the bag. I found that with a good pressing, everything stayed in place well and I prefer the look of this bag without the topstitching.
Coraline will be sewn in spades this fall and winter, I think. I love that I can use remnants or scraps of fabric (or just a small amount of more expensive material), a small amount of interfacing, and can sew this project up pretty quickly.
Have you sewn Coraline yet? Which is your favorite Swoon Sewing Patterns* bag?