As promised, RaeAnna and I are both sharing with you today our ideas for using lace. For me, I knew immediately what I would make for this series--a Lace & Leather Clutch!
About a year ago, I visited my local Goodwill Outlet Store where you literally rummage through bins to find treasures, and that is where I found this beautiful piece of vintage lace! The original piece was roughly 18" long, and I found a similar green lace piece that is over a yard long with it. I assume both pieces are vintage since they were in a pile with several old patterns and other notions from most likely the 1970's. I knew I couldn't let these beautiful pieces end up as trash, so I snagged them for mere pennies!
Months pass and I'm watching Project Runway All-Stars when I see a clutch with a hand strap used with Christopher Palu's Bonnie & Clyde look. I thought that was such a neat idea, so when I was deciding what to make for our Snowflake & Lace Series, I knew I would sew the same style of clutch.
Since the cream lace I had rescued at Goodwill was wide, it was a natural choice to use it to embellish the hand strap on the clutch. The clutch itself is just a basic zipper pouch made from wool suiting material I had on hand. I topstitched leather to the bottom corners of the clutch to add even more texture and color to the bag and then sewed the lace to a strap that is attached across the front of the bag.
The inside is lined with a neutral duck cloth and the wool fabric is fused with Pellon Shape Flex 101 for added structure.
This bag took me about an hour to make, and I just love it! I have enough of all the materials to make one more identical bag which would make a perfect gift.
Since we started this series, I have had lace on the brain and am beginning to use some of your ideas to incorporate it into my sewing more. I hope you found some inspiration too!
Please be sure to visit RaeAnna to see the adorable Lace Snowflake Top she made her sweet little girl. Her project makes we want to crank up the embroidery machine again!
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Thanks again to you and all our guests! Have fun sewing!