For the last week or so I’ve been stitching, stitching, stitching so I could make something pretty and handmade. Why? Because today I get to show you Lauren Wright’s new book
This delightful book is filled with felt and florals, embroidery and hand sewing, and so much more. It perfectly captures
There are so many beautiful projects in Pretty Handmades, but I went for the Ribbons and Bows Clutch, making it just a little different from the original plan. But first, here’s a few other projects that caught my eye…
The Sweet Treat Wall Banner was a top contender for me. After all, I know that I could add a little Wild Olive face to that cupcake to bring my personality to the pastry!
This pillow combines embroidery and English paper piecing, which I love. Isn’t the piecing so pretty on this?
And then there’s this darling felt kitty and the EPP sleeping bag. So cute! I may convince my little sister that she should make this one.
I settled on the Ribbons and Bows Clutch because I loved the little detail stitching on the outside and the usefulness of the pockets on the inside. But since I don’t wear a lot of hair accessories or have need of a large travel case even for jewelry, I came up with a plan to adapt it slightly.
The first change was just for fun. Instead of machine quilting, I hand quilted the outside panel. It really didn’t take all that long, and the result is so pretty. Actually, it’s probably better than my machine quilting would have been!
I also stitched the flower petals with two straight stitches rather than the suggested lazy daisies. It changes the look just a bit, and it’s been a flower stitching method I’ve wanted to try more.
Inside, I made the pockets a little different because of the crochet trim I wanted to use. Partly because I love this navy lace that I bought in NYC and partly because I hoped to make the entire thing without buying any supplies!
I added a ribbon tie for holding items, and created a third row of pockets in place of the original hair clip band.
The biggest alteration is that I’ve made my clutch to hold stitching supplies! It’s just the right size for a tiny embroidery hoop and lots of EPP. A spool of thread is little lump in there, but I think I can work around that.
If you look closely, you’ll notice there’s just one thing missing, leaving this project unfinished. A snap! I got down to the last minute and couldn’t find my nice sew-on snaps, so I guess I’ll be buying a supply after all. Still, not too bad!
And I’m so happy with the result.
One thing I’d point out about the book is that the instructions for each project are extensive. That’s good because she walks you through each step thoroughly. But it was a little overwhelming when I first looked at it. Especially as a person who wants to jump right in! If you’ve done much sewing in the past, you’ll find that you can breeze through most of the steps and make something cute in hardly any time at all.
But I think the true test of a project is the repeat test. Would I make this again? Yes! In fact, I’m thinking of making another clutch and filling it with EPP supplies as a gift for my 12-year-old sister for Christmas. And with all the hand work, that’s saying something!
To see more of the
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September 3 // Sharon Burgess
September 4 // Lauren Nash
September 5 // Sarah Edgar
September 6 // Ange Hamilton
September 7 // Elea Lutz
September 8 // Sarah Scott
September 9 // Martina Bahre
September 10 // Heather Andrus
September 11 // Faith Essenburg
September 12 // Alisha Orlando
September 13 // Bev McCullough
September 14 // Stacy Olson
September 15 // Ali Phillips
September 16 // Mollie Johanson (you’re here!)
September 17 // Kristyne Czepuryk
September 18 // Xanthe Grundy
September 19 // Anne Oliver
September 20 // Larisa Shurupov
September 21 // Sedef Imer
September 22 // Wynn Tan
September 23 // Veronica AM
September 24 // Minki Kim
September 25 // Elise Baek
September 26 // Megan Price
September 27 // Nadra Ridgeway
September 28 // Ayda Algin
September 29 // Jodi Godfrey
September 30 // Lauren Wright