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Huff n Cuffs Carissa Clutch

Huff n Cuffs Carissa Clutch

Whenever I finish sewing garments, I like to wind down with a good purse or clutch project. Luckily, I have a ton of free patterns saved in my Craftsy account, some great, some not so great.  I also have a large fabric and notions stash for bags. I generally purchase my bag notions in bulk, which ensures that I always have a lobster claw or twelve inch zipper laying around waiting to be used on a new project. 

 

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Huff n Cuffs Carissa caught my eye because of the contrasting front panel design.  However, when it was time to sew it up I decided not to include a few features, which led to it looking pretty basic when compared to the finished clutch on the pattern cover page.  

On a scale of 1 (Beginner) to 4 (Advanced) I would give the pattern a 2. This bag can go from clutch to wristlet in a matter of seconds.  I decided to omit a few of the pattern designs but if you follow the instructions and include every feature this really is an all-in-one clutch. Because I would be making three clutches, I knew that I would not do every feature.  I omitted the card slot pocket and front strap.  I also omitted the d-ring strap connector and made a narrow fabric strap connector instead.    

To my surprise , I learned a new technique from this design.  The pattern instructions called for the bag to be turned right side out through the zipper pocket.  I have never turned the back out this way.  I usually turn the bag right side out through the bag lining.  I was nervous about this step but as you can see the bags look amazing, so there is no flaw in the design or instructions.  I plan on doing this pattern again next month and the next clutch will include all the features.  The instructions are well written and this is a very practical clutch.  With features like card slot pockets and a zipper pocket you really wouldn't need to carry anything but the Carissa Clutch during date night or a girls night out.  The Carissa Clutch pattern can be found here and yes, it is a free pattern.  Happy Sewing.  

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