The Claire Fold-over Clutch with cross-body strap is my very first bag pattern release. ‘Talk about all the feelings right now! There is so much to say about this bag, both in it’s functionality and how it just came to be. If you can bear with me, I’ll dive into both :)
Many of you know that I’ve been selling on Etsy for awhile and broke out into local Indie Craft shows just a few years ago. With the shows, I started to sell more bags to complement my baby accessories and noticed how my wristlets and fold-over clutches were selling over my larger bags. To differentiate myself from other bag-makers, I had to add some features and finishes to elevate my product…which in turn, became the Claire.
The following are those key features:
- Back Pocket – I knew I had to make more of these bags and then a friend came to visit during my holiday sale season. She had a similar fold-over style bag, but with a front pocket for her phone. When she reached down and had that immediate accessibility to her phone, the light bulbs were going off. It seems like we’re all glued to our phones and they just keep getting bigger and bigger…so our back pant pockets are no longer enough. Since my friend’s bag was by a national manufacturer, there was no easy way I could replicate the front pocket style, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t make a back pocket!
- Cross-body Strap – I look to my nieces and popular brands for inspiration and I continually see the long straps for the on-the-go millennial and of course, us busy moms too! I wanted to make sure it was adjustable and the 60″ strap works for many different body types and all the different occasions in our lives.
- Bag to Clutch Versatility – As a clutch, the fold-over style is so cute and I didn’t want hanging side “ears” to get in the way of that classic silhouette. So the D-rings are set in the back of the bag.
- Modern and Sleek look – The faux leather panel adds the extra bit of class and style to this bag. It immediately heightens the looks and your friends will never think you made this bag.
- Easy to Sew – By keeping the front panel for your accent substrates with either faux leather, cork, or vinyl, you are sewing through the fabric and one layer of the accent. In other patterns, you can be sewing through 4 layers in addition to the fabric and interfacings. Not all domestic machines can handle that and I want as many sewists with all different types of machines to be able to make this bag.
- Interfacing – I’ve made probably 30 of these bags already…so I’ve played with numerous interfacing combinations. You want enough structure in the bag, but not too much that it will not fold-over properly. And most people are like me, we like to use different fabrics and I’ve tried to take the guessing game out when you do decide to switch up. The interfacing cuts are calculated so you have the strength and structure without having to sew through all of the extra bulk. I’m still looking out for all of my novice sewists :)
Don’t forget to share your makes on Instagram with #clairefoldoverclutch and #loveyousewpatterns. (Hashtags are the only way I can see your makes if you have a private account!) I love seeing all of the different versions!