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Pineapple Fold Over Clutch

Pineapple Fold Over Clutch

Hi yall. I purchased a pair of cork wedges from DSW last month and was inspired to make an accessory to match.  I made this foldover clutch using pineapple print outdoor fabric from JoAnn and cork fabric from a local shop as an accent border. The lining was made using a couple of fat quarters from my stash.

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I used Deby Coles fold over wallet pattern, which can be found on Bluprint (formerly craftsy). There is a step by step video, and Deby shows how to make 3 beautiful wallets. The Fold Over Clutch is the most advanced of the three. I highly recommend the class if you are new to sewing or bag making. The Fold Over Wallet features 6 card pockets, a zipper pocket, and 2 slip pockets. I love the hidden magnetic closure, and this was my first time using it, so the video was beneficial. I also really like that the seam allowance is marked on the pattern. If you're a beginner being able to mark your seam allowance before you sew is so helpful. Of course, you can do that even if the pattern is not premarked, Deby just makes it easier.

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The cork border is my special design touch. To create the border, I retraced the wallet pattern, removed the seam allowance, and then removed the center of the pattern piece leaving a half inch wide outline of the wallet. I stitched the cork border onto the outside wallet piece before I sewed the lining and outside piece together. As you can see, the flap came out a bit wonky. I suspect that there was more main fabric in that area then there should have been. Nevertheless, I am still happy with the finished wallet. Cork is such an easy material to sew with, and I highly recommend that you try it if you have the opportunity.

This is my cork border template. To eliminate bulk in the seam allowance I drafted the border to start at the very edge of the finished wallet.

This is my cork border template. To eliminate bulk in the seam allowance I drafted the border to start at the very edge of the finished wallet.

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