I also don't have a whole lot of patriotic colored items in my wardrobe or accessories. I DO have an Old Navy flag t-shirt, but it's from 2001. A bit dated don't you think? So, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to make myself a new purse that could display my pride for the Spirit of 1776!
As I searched the internet I came across Noodlehead's pattern and tutorial for a gathered clutch. I fell in love immediately! Such a neat look and pretty easy to make as well. I found the patriotic colored fabric at Hancock fabrics as well as the denim. Both were on sale! A huge plus.
For the most part, I followed Noodleheads pattern to the T except for a few things.
1. I used a 9 inch zipper, not an 8 inch.
2. I increased the width 1 inch.
3. I increased the height 1/2 an inch.
4. I added a wrist strap.
5. I didn't use the fusible interfacing.
With all these changes, does it still work? Of course! Being free with patterns to suit your needs is always a possibility, so don't think you have to follow directions exactly as they are. Just make sure you know what you're doing first.
I did run into a problem, though. Mostly because of my lack of skill behind the sewing machine. I had a difficult time when it came to sewing everything together and figuring out to do at the zipper area. I'm sure if I were familiar with inserting zippers with covers, I probably would have known what to do in the moment. In hindsight, I think I may sort of understand what I was supposed to do.
Anyway, in the pattern you are given the option of adding two types of pockets. I added the double pocket card holder one.
The final step was simply putting in the wrist strap. I had a little gap by the zipper, where I had troubles figuring out what to do, and wiggled it in there after I turned everything right side out. Then I just used a little bit of glue to hold it in place and whip stitched it secure.
I am absolutely in love with this wristlet. I'm also super excited to show it off while we're out and about for the 4th!