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The Clutch Hitter
While searching through more than 700 submissions in our 2010 Sewing Project contest, we saw SEW many amazing creations that we just had to share. Take a look at our favorite bag and purse entries.
Sewola started making her beautiful clutch purse by hand, sewing a lattice smocking design on a gray dupioni silk fabric. Then, she cut the outer and inner fabrics, using a clutch pattern she designed. Later, her Pfaff sewing machine came in handy to stitch the clutch pieces together. Lastly, she glued a nickel purse frame to the fabric. "I enjoyed making this one-of-a-kind piece!" she said.
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Sunshine on My Shoulder
Chicmama2010 made this roomy shoulder bag from cotton, Amy Butler fabric, and natural bamboo rings. The summery bag has one pocket, a magnetic enclosure, and is lined with a coordinating fabric.
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It's in the Bag
This handmade yellow tote bag was created by Katiegariepy using an original (and adorable) pattern and topped off with a bow.
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Using a paisley turquoise, brown, and gold fabric, Knitchick2 made this 100 percent cotton pleated purse with a turquoise medallion on the front.
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Martha and her guest Robin Grawunder of Upstyle Design on Etsy make a beautiful fabric clutch bag.
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A Brand New Bag
For her first-ever sewing project, cinnamon_y made this bag out of her husband's old shirt. " I want to thank Martha Stewart Living for giving me an idea like this," she said.
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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
KatieRisner made this reusable fabric envelope held together by Velcro for her store Pins and Paper. "I needed a way to keep all my receipts and bills organized in my purse so I created a fun, environmentally friendly envelope," she said. The pouch can also be used to hold jewelry when travelling.
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Coming Up Roses
With both floral and polka-dot fabrics, GardenOfDaisies sewed this adorable pouch, perfect for warm-weather nights.
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Covered in Silk
Silk dupioni and a handsewn pattern with hand-beaded accents adorn this cigar-box purse made by BillieDon. The purse's handle is hand-designed with gold and black beads, and the interior is lined with silk dupioni along with a sewn-in expandable pouch to place small items for carrying.
With the purse comes a handmade silk dupioni drawstring bag with pin-tuck accents that is lined with the same fabric as the purse. "The beautiful drawstring bag is used to store the purse when not in use," she says.
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PetitPoulailler's Autumn Garden Tote is fully reversible with an interior flat pocket and strong cotton braid roping for gathering.
"I decided on a classic-style small pouch," she said. "I wanted a chic, eco-friendly bag for my on-the-go knitting and sewing projects."
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Out of the Bag
Marshadicostanzo made this placemat purse with a vintage handle and button. She added beaded trim and rickrack and sewed interior pockets from remnant quilt patches.
Check out her blog, Cute Stuff Inside, for more of her crafts.
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All Ruffled Up
We love Jbelte's custom burlap tote with colorful ruffles and a vintage millinery flower.
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Mhu sewed this bunny pencil case for her younger sister, who was away at college and unable to see Rabby, their pet bunny. "I sewed this bunny so she can have a bunny to be with her all the time, even at class!" she said.
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Over the Rainbow
Garofalo used her felting machine to pucker the stripes inside each square on her rainbow silk bag. The handle strap was embellished with her machine. "Just a lovely bag," she said. We agree!
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