Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Metal Clasp Pouches

Swap received!

from Emedoodle

This pretty little pouch was made for me by Emedoodle who blogs at Mommy's Naptime. I couldn't be more happy with the colorful plus patchwork!  Even though she had never made a metal clasp purse before, Emedoodle very kindly bit the bullet and made one for me.  And look - it's perfect!

from Emedoodle

Lately it's been holding my camera and accessories, which tend to get lost in my purse.  Thanks, Emedoodle!  You can see how to make a sewn-in metal clasp purse like this one here

When I decided to take part in the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap I really had my heart set on a metal clasp purse.  I kind of felt silly wanting someone else to make one for me, but not giving it a go myself.  So, I decided to take the plunge.  Thinking that glue-in frames look a tad bit nicer, I ordered a set of five 4.5" frames and Gutermann glue from While Baby Naps.  I love that she ships from Ohio, so that supplies arrive fast.  It seems like everyone else ships from out of the country.

There are lots of online tutorials for glue-in metal clasp frames, but my favorite was "Purse Frames De-Mystified" from U-handbags (a supplies store located in the UK).  Although I was super-tense and paranoid when gluing in my first (and second) frame, the process went without a glitch.  And there really was room for error, at least with the Gutermann glue.  The glue comes off the frame easily and didn't get all over at all.

first metal clasp!

Here's my first pouch, which I made with a print from Garden Party by Anna Maria Horner that never seems to find it's way into any projects. See, it looks decent, right?

in Garden Party by AMH


I wasn't super pleased with the shape of the pouch, but it's not too shabby.  Could definitely be more puffy.

choice of lining?  it was late.

As for the choice of lining... it was late.  In the morning light I was a little surprised at myself because the cherry red in this Tutor Stripe (from Fresh Squeezed Fabric) doesn't match the berry in the print one bit.  But, hey, it's a practice bag. No worries. 

So, now I am unafraid of the metal clasp purse.  Which is good, because there are definitely more in my future...  How about you?  Have you been wanting to give metal clasps a try?

23 comments:

  1. The shape of the pouch you received is so unique! I love the hand stitching she added.

    And your first metal clasp pouch looks great!

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  2. Cute! I made 12 or so maybe a year and a half ago. I was a afraid the glue wouldn't hold up so I did pinch my closed which was a complete pain in the rear and is why I haven't made another one since. You'll have to let me know how yours holds up!

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  3. Very cute bags. I haven't tried these, but love how they turned out.

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  4. YES!! I've been wanting to try this out for awhile now. It makes me feel better to hear you say it's not that big a deal.

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  5. Clasp purses are such fun!! I love u-handbags site. But I'm off to check out the other shop you mentioned (I've never found a US based Gutermann glue supplier).

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  6. cute pouches! I will try a metal clasp soon, very soon!

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  7. CUTE! I'm still very intimidated by these.

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  8. Lovely pouches - I think I need to try this....

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  9. You'd better stop it!! You're making my dream list even longer!! ;) You've inspired me to try this and make one of the bottled rainbow quilts....now as to when I'll be able to start either one.....who knows!! Thanks for your creativity!!

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  10. Oh man, you make me sick! I saw some beautiful double purse frames on etsy and thought I'd have a go. Well it was a frickin' nightmare! With the double ones you literally have six identical pieces of fabric...2 for the outside and 4 inside. You wouldn't believe how many ways there are to sew 6 pieces of fabric together THE WRONG WAY! This was one of those projects that I have yet to finish.... So a big 'High Five' from me (and a little sulk) for such a great looking purse!

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  11. I sooooo want to try to make one but have been very intimidated by those clasps! Maybe you could show us chickens a couple of pics of your process? It would be much appreciated!!

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  12. I adore your purses! I too have used that same tutorial recently. I found the glue thing to be a little tricky, but think I would be fine the second time around. Youve inspired me to try a sew in frame. Thanks :)

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  13. Oh gosh! Somewhere I have a really nice clasp frame from an old purse. I saved it because I thought, someday I'll make a purse with it. I forgot all about it, and now I also can't remember where I put it!

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  14. what a nice swap gift! i love it!

    clasp purses are so cute, but they do look hard to work with. maybe i will have to dive in and do it someday!

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  15. SO cute! I'm going to have to try to make one of these!

    I just finished my first sewn garment and loved it! Next I plan to tackle the invisible zipper, and maybe a little metal clasp purse will be after that!

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  16. i have wanted to try them out for a long time and haven't done it yet. i really need to just do it!

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  17. I've always been intrigued by these. First must do the million other projects I've bought stuff for and haven't done.

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  18. Splendorfalls - Yes, I'll be sure to let you know if I run across any problems. With this glue and these frames everything is so tight that I can't imagine it coming apart. I feel pretty confident that it's a done deal, but you never know!

    And, I agree - these are scarier than zippers, LOL!

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  19. It's very pretty! Your fabrics are beautiful! I love making frame purse! I've never tried the sew in frame, I'll have to try it soon!

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  20. I've got two sets I bought, intending to make up right away and ended up being too intimidated! My excuse is that I don't know where to get the glue that the U-handbag site recommends here in NZ, but really I'm just nervous of the whole process and making up a pattern. I don't deal well with things not working :) But I really do want to try so perhaps I should just give it a go!

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  21. Emedoole is in my local MQG! She's very talented at the itty-bitty things. You should see how small she can sew a wonky nine patch!

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