Monthly Archives: January 2009

How to: The Knitting Clutch

 I’m officially obsessed with knitting. There’s nothing like turning a length of soft and pretty yarn into something you can wear. I’m slowly accumulating quite the repertoire of needles and other accoutrements. To my dismay, the cat loves the tools of my new trade. In an effort to deter him, I’ve created a knitting clutch for my purly goodness. So, here’s my first attempt at a crafty how-to for you. Let me know what you think! I’d love to see photos if you use my instructions! Oh, and how do YOU store your knits and needles?
A cute little case!

A cute little case!



Clutch Instructions


1.       Measure down 3” from top left edge of lining. Using pencil or marker, mark a small dot here (dot one). (fig. 1a)

2.       Measure in 2” on left side of lining. Make a 2nd small dot here. (fig. 1b)



Fig. 1a & 1b


3.       Pin wrong side of purple felt to right side of lining, beginning from 2nd dot. Pin three sides leaving the top of felt open (forming a pocket). (fig. 2)


Fig. 2

Fig. 2




4.       Measure 3” from top right hand corner of purple felt. Mark a 3rd small dot. (fig. 3)


Fig. 3

Fig. 3


5.       Pin wrong side of green felt to right side of lining, beginning at 3rd dot. Pin three sides leaving the top of felt open (forming a pocket). (fig. 3)

6.       Measure 3” from top right hand corner of green felt. Mark a 4th small dot.

7.       Pin wrong side of teal felt to right side of lining, beginning at 4th dot. Pin three sides leaving top side open (forming a pocket). (fig. 4)


Fig. 4

Fig. 4


8.       Measure 1” up from teal pocket and pin all four sides of second teal felt piece. (fig. 4)


9.       On  Purple Pocket, measure in 1 inch from left side and mark with a marker or hold spot with a straight pin. Repeat this every inch across felt. Repeat on second piece of 5×8” felt. (fig. 5)


Fig. 5

Fig. 5


10.   Sew along all pinned lines leaving using half-inch ( ½”) seam allowances.


11.   Pin lining and large gray felt piece right sides together.


12.   Sew fabric together, leaving a half-inch ( ½”) seam allowance. Leave a 3” opening along bottom right.


13.   Trim and iron seams.


14.   Turn fabric right sides out. Iron.


15.   Sew up opening along bottom right. (fig. 6)


Fig. 6

Fig. 6

16.   On lining, measure 8 inches from left edge. Mark a vertical line with straight pins. (fig. 7a)

17.   Measure 8 inches from pins and mark another line with pins. (fig. 7b)

Fig. 7a & 7b

Fig. 7a & 7b

18.   Sew from top to bottom along vertical pin lines.

19.   On gray felt side of the smallest section (a.k.a. the flap of clutch), pin length of boucle yarn along edges. (fig. 8)

Fig. 8

Figure 8

20.   Using zig-zag stitch, sew over the top of yarn around edges. Trim off any remaining yarn. (fig. 9)

Fig. 9

Fig. 9

21.   Sew snap into clutch.


Enjoy your delightful new clutch!





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The KBA’s


My lovely blogger friend, Christina, at StinaStuff  nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger award! I have no idea what that means, but I’m terribly excited about it! 🙂
Rules and Responsibilities–
1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominated.

I’m nominating:
Happy Place Designs


Belle and Boo

Hey Susy

Paint in My Hair

Tokyo Bunny

Creature Comforts


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I Heart Betsey

I’m on a Betsey Johnson kick. She’s bold and bright and daring. The Spring ’09 line inspires ideas for a short film: Hello Dolly Goes to the Circus. Most find her a bit ostentatious, and to them I say, “isn’t that the point”?

Here is my tribute to the colorful side of life.


1: BJ Runway Designs,; 2: Rosebud Drop earrings, BJ’s Online Shop; 3: Bowler Hat, by Hats in the Belfry; 4: BJ Vintage Top, BJOnline; 5: Runway Look,; 6: AK Black Flats, piperlime


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The Sale is On!

I’m just bobbing in with a quick update! While there are loads of things I’m dying to share with you, the most important one today is…

QUiD & QUiDvintage are having a sale!

Visit the shops today to take advantage of some really cool savings!


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