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Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Clutch from Vintage Linens

I've been wanting to make a clutch for a while, but couldn't decide on what fabrics to use. I've also been trying to repurpose my collection of vintage linens. So of course I was inspired to kill two birds with one stone....

This is the piece I started with. I'm not sure what it was originally. It's too small to be a placemat, and the asymmetrical embroidery doesn't look like a centerpiece. I'll have to ask my grandmother (it belonged to either her mother or grandmother). This clutch could be recreated with two handkerchiefs sewn together, or a resized tea towel. My original piece measured 17" x 10". (The tricky part of designing my clutch was to keep the pretty frilly edges of the vintage piece. If your vintage piece doesn't have nice edges, save yourself some trouble and sew right sides together, flip inside out, etc...)

For this project, I used a stiffer interfacing designed for purses and wallets. I also bought a magnetic clasp and a large button kit for embellishment. 

I first figured out how I wanted it to tri-fold....

...and pressed those seams into place for a reference point.

Next, I cut a piece of lining slightly larger than my linen.

Fold under and press the edges of the lining.

You want the lining to be smaller than the embroidered linen.

Next I cut two pieces of interfacing that were slightly smaller than my lining. 

I fused the interfacing to the wrong side of each piece.

Before sewing these two pieces together, you need to sew in the magnetic clasp. (Note: if you wanted to do anything fancy to the lining, like making a pocket, now would be the time.)

I figured out the placement by attaching the magnets through the bottom half of the tri-fold, and then stitched them into their respective locations. (I now realize that the previous picture is magnet is sewn to the inside of what becomes the pocket, the other magnet is sewn to the inside of the top flap that folds over.)

These magnets were so cool! You just stitch through the plastic.

Position the pieces with interfaced (did I just make up a word?) sides facing each other and pin down. 

Stitch around the edges. I tried to keep it as close as possible. You'll notice that my lining isn't exactly square....I don't think my vintage piece was perfectly square, so I just rolled with it. It's on the inside anyway, right? 0:)

Fold up the bottom third and pin down. 

Stitch along the edge...

....and a pocket is born!

For the finishing touch, I added some fabric covered buttons with hot glue. (I'm strategically covering the magnet stitching and some staining.)

I love the embroidery! I don't know how to embroider myself, so I'm really pleased to utilize this beautiful piece from my family


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  1. Super cute! I wish I was good at making these sorts of crafts, they look so wonderful.


  2. Awesome idea, love the vintage look :)

  3. Oh this is just too cute! I will have to start keeping an eye out for vintage linens...I love them and would enjoy repurposing like this! :)

    ***I am stopping by from the Make It Pretty Monday Hop. Have a lovely week.

  4. How beautiful! What a great way to re-purpose something so meaningful to you and your family :)

    @Everyday with the Jays

  5. This is absolutlely gorgeous! Found you via the blog hop on Chase the Star! New Follower :)

  6. That is so cute! I have some vintage handkerchiefs that might work well with this! Thank you for sharing it!

  7. What a great way to use something from your family. I also have some vintage fabrics that I'm not sure what they were used for! I could so make a cute clutch from them!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!


  8. Hi! I'm a new follower from the CHQ blog hop! Feel free to stop by my blog at :)

  9. That is so cute! I'm a new follower from the CGQ hop and I'd love a follow back at when you get a chance! :)

  10. I have the perfect piece of embroidered linen for that project!

    Stopped in from Southern Lovely's Show and Tell.

  11. Oh my gosh this is just too cute! I love how you kept the little frills at the edge too. My grandma had tons of placemats like this, but I have no idea where they are now...maybe I'll give grandpa a call and see if he still has them! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  12. That is adorable! Vintage linen is so feminine and pretty. And your re-purpose is priceless! Thanks again for linking up to the CHQ blog hop! Hope to see you next week! Bring a friend!! =)

  13. This is so cute. I have a lot of old linens in my closet - I think I will go see if I can find something to make one of these clutches.

  14. This is great, love the vintage feel!

  15. It really is quite lovely. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!

  17. So very pretty !

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

  18. Kaitlin, this clutch is adorable! Very clever! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm & Link Up!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  19. Such a good idea! Turned out great!

  20. Super cute, love the vintage fabric! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday!

  21. Your clutch is just beautiful. I am inspired to try this with some of my old linens. Thanks for sharing!

  22. That is just adorable - excellent job!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the Creative Inspirations Linky Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  23. This is so beautiful. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches.

  24. this is just lovely! Well done!

    I hope you will consider uploading a photo of it into SewSet! SewSet is a new on-line sewing pattern and tutorial search engine, where users can see, save & sew what they find. Everything links directly back to you for more info!

    This clutch is just fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!
    - Jessica

  25. What a beautiful clutch you made from your madagascar! A madagascar is a cloth that was normally adorned with some sort of embroidery and placed on the backs of armchairs to protect the back cushion/upholstery from madagascar oil which men applied to their hair as a pomade to keep it slicked down. They would be taken off and washed thereby extending the life of the upholstery. I have several that my grandmother and great-grandmother made but never could figure out what to do with them. Thank you for the inspiration!

  26. What a beautiful clutch and so special that it's made from vintage linens passed down through the family.

  27. Oh my, this is so adorable! I love vintage hankies! Would you pretty please link this up to our hop?? I think our readers would love it!

    xoxo, Jordan.

  28. What a wonderful way to display the vintage piece--fantastic idea!



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