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.
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.