The ‘Don’t Stand in my Light’ Party Clutch

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This little party clutch is the perfect accessory when you’re dashing out with your friends, a smile on your face and a “nothing-can-touch-me” attitude.

The pattern is from Elizabeth Hartmann’s Simple Party Clutch Pattern (here) as featured by Sew Mama Sew. It is a fantastic tutorial with great photos and instructions for every step of the way.  I was a little intimidated with the clasp and the thick heavyweight interfacing, but the instructions are really clear and it was great to watch it all come together in the end.

DSCN0072The fabric is a printed cotton from a Cape Town designer, Tracy Rushmere, who has a fabulous line of fabrics called Shine Shine. Each of the designs tells a story and they are all bold colours with a distinctly African flaire.  This one is called “Don’t Stand in my Light” and shows a woman on the phone with her arm around a cheetah. She even has an Obama print called “Hooray for the president” – You’ll have to check out her website. I see that she mainly sells product and not fabric – I may just have been lucky when she had a sale on at her studio but it’s worth a try if you’re interested in tracking down some of this fun fabric.

DSCN0080The lining is a red dotty quilting cotton. The bag closes with a magnetic snap and has a strap that can swing over your wrist or shoulder.

DSCN0078It’s a great tutorial and a useful and fun addition to the accessory drawer.

Has anyone else made this pattern? Or do you have another favourite bag pattern for me to try?

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