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A Dog Lover's Bag - A Glenda Convertible Clutch!

I bought a load of fabrics when I went to visit my cousin last March, and decided it was time to start using some of it.  The first fabric I want to use is this dog print cotton duck canvas fabric by Peter Horton Textiles.

I decided to make another Glenda Convertible Clutch.  It is a PDF pattern from Swoon Patterns, and I have made a few before so I know it is a quick and straightforward make.  The instructions are very clear and illustrated with diagrams rather than photos.

I spent quite a bit of time fussy cutting to make sure I don't  have the same dogs badly pattern matched between the flap and the front of the bag when it is closed.  I can do this quite easily as I cut my pattern pieces from Quilters Plastic Template, as I knew I would be making more than one of them.  Here is my Glenda gallery showing the outside and inside of the four I have made to date!

And here is my latest version, displayed by my lovely assistant Patch.  The only issue I had was for the first time my machine would not stitch through the side and divider without going into knots underneath.  I checked my tension, re-threaded, put a new needle in and it still would not work, so I hand stitched it because I wanted it finished!

As you can see I used a heart-shaped twist lock.  You can use a magnetic bag snap, but I always find I am fiddling about trying to match them up to close the bag, whereas I can see where to put the twist lock, and I love the heart shape.  

For the lining I chose a mint green cotton.  The bag features a zipped pocket that acts as a divider.  I added a small zipped pocket at the back and a divided slip pocket at the front too, as I never can have enough pockets to keep me organised!  I used the exterior fabric for the slip pockets just because!  I should have added a key leash too but I forgot.  I like to add the clip on shoulder strap as I am not really a 'clutch' girl.  The 1/2" D rings, 3/4" hooks and Emmaline Heart Shaped Twist Lock all came from Bobbin Girl Bag Making here in England.

Other than that I made the bag according to the instructions.  I used Soft & Stable for the stabiliser, because I like the soft padded feel it gives the bag, and it does make the zipped divider nicely padded too which is handy if you want to use it for your mobile phone.  I had considered adding a zipped pocket to the back instead of inside, but that will have to wait until next time now.  It's a good size at 11" wide and 7" tall and here you can see me model it for you.

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Comment by Susan on June 24, 2018 at 4:04pm
one of my favorites

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