February 01, 2018

TGIFF - Necessary Clutch Wallet

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I can honestly say Thank Goodness it's Finally Finished about this project. Back in the fall, I noticed my purse was starting to fray a little in places. I made it back in 2015, and I've used it constantly since then, so it wasn't surprising, really.

Then the zipper started to separate sometimes, which was really annoying as I'm sure you can imagine. Then when trying to fix the zipper issue, I broke the zipper pull off completely 😞

That started me on a search for what I wanted to make next. I loved the look of the Necessary Clutch Wallet (also known as the NCW) by Janelle MacKay, but I was a little intimidated by it. I've made a few bags, but the NCW always looked so professional and that hardware was definitely something I had never dealt with before. Just look at it:
Necessary clutch wallet | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I looked at the pattern for a couple of months, debating. I even put all the hardware and interfacing in an online cart once, then left it sitting there while I continued debating. Finally, with some encouragement on IG from others who have made it, I ordered the pattern and supplies.

Everything arrived last Monday and I spent that evening cutting out pieces and fusing the interfacing in place. Tuesday evening I tackled the hardware (much easier than I thought it would be!) and started assembling the credit card slot pocket. Wednesday morning school had a delayed opening because of icy roads, so I finished the credit card pocket and mostly made the zipper pocket. I would have completely made the zipper pocket if I hadn't originally sewn it so the zipper pull would be inside the pocket!

With a stint of naptime sewing that afternoon, I had myself a new wallet!
Necessary clutch wallet | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Both the black and teal fabrics are from Northcott and they're both leftovers from a quilt I'll be able to show you soon. I love using the leftovers right away 😊 As with my last purse, I've declared that these colours match everything I will wear between now and when I make myself a new one. I can't be bothered with switching things from one bag to another based on what I'm wearing, so this is it.

Here is the inside. As you can see, I carry a lot around with me, lol. That's why I don't need a very big bag! The only things missing are my keys and my phone, which I used to take the pictures. It's hard to tell in these pictures, but at the front and back, behind the credit card slot piece, there's another space. I keep my phone in the one at the back and cash in the one at the front. Well, I will if I ever carry cash. Who carries cash anymore?
Necessary clutch wallet | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 And here it is again, this time with the pocket open.
Necessary clutch wallet | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I was so impressed with how easily it came together. My sewing machine didn't like all of the layers when I sewed the sides near the zipper, but other than that I had no issues.

The pattern is so well written and everything comes together perfectly. It was a lot faster than I expected too, and would be even faster next time since I'd be familiar with all the steps and the hardware. I can see why people end up making a lot of these 😊 I'm already thinking that if I make another one I may try the variation with two zippers. If you're looking for a new wallet, I would definitely recommend this one.

I love carrying this around town! Do you carry a handmade purse?

And now it's your turn. What did you finish this week? Link it up here, then be sure to check out some of the other links and celebrate their finishes too.



13 comments:

  1. I love, LOVE homemade wallets and purses, but despise making them... if I could get past my impatience with the process, I'd enjoy using a wallet like yours. Yours is wonderful in every way! Great work, Leanne!

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  2. This is just beautiful! I need a new wallet; have been looking for a while but haven't found anything as good as the one I have, which is a fabric quilted one, but store bought. I will have to check out this pattern as it looks great! I do have a homemade purse that I love, but I rarely carry a purse these days, just a wallet. I have a ton of homemade bags though, use them often! T!hanks for hosting TGIFF

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  3. Well done Leanne! I admire your skills and determination making this! I think the majority of my 'purchases' are left in my cart!

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  4. This is a great little purse and perfect for when you don’t need the full on big one! I did have a wallet like this and loved it. May add this to my list of things to make, arghhh.

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  5. This is an awesome little bag!! I'm always chickening out when it comes to hardware on bags and end up making very simple ones instead. Maybe I'll gather the courage to make a "real" bag soon! :-)

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  6. Neat! I prefer smaller type to carry around but I haven't made one yet :)

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  7. That turned out really nice! Love the color. This is the kind of wallet I like to have, but I haven't made one myself yet. I just replaced mine a couple of months ago, and the price, even on sale, for a good one is chokably high. I'll make this next time. Thanks for sharing! And for hosting today.

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  8. Beautiful wallet! I love the colors and the metal clasp detail.

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  9. Great job with the beautiful wallet. Thank you for hosting today.

    -Soma

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  10. You did a great job. I wish I could reduce the stuff in my wallet/purse. ☺

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  11. What a great finish, Leanne! I'm impressed you tackled it as a project and it looks so professionally made. I hope it holds up and is a perfect item for many years of use.

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  12. Great job Leanne! that is one professional looking purse :)

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  13. This is Danice from Homespun Hannah's Blog. The clutch wallet is so pretty. And very roomy. Great job you did on that.

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