Today I’m participating in Free Pattern Friday with Mae&K. Every Friday, they share something they made using a free pattern and invite other bloggers to join them. There’s also a link-up so you can share any projects you’ve made from a free pattern – any pattern, not just this one!
This week’s pattern is the Envelope Clutch by See Kate Sew. I love the idea of fabric envelopes, but I knew a small clutch purse would be impractical for me and all of my mom gear. I decided to shrink the pattern down to make mini embroidered fabric envelopes that are just right for holding jewelry.
I printed the pattern at 50% of its original size. This doesn’t work with all patterns, but for simple one piece pattern like this, you can use the print scaling to adjust the size. You’ll also want to scale the seam allowance. Kate’s instructions are to use a 3/8″ seam allowance, so I used a scant 1/4″ seam allowance on my mini envelopes.
I used linen fabric for the outer envelope and also applied some medium weight fusible interfacing to it. The inside fabrics are quilting cotton (2 are Juliana Horner prints from JoAnn Fabrics, and the other is one I’ve had for a couple of years). The pearl buttons were salvaged from a thrifted lace dress (the one that I upcycled to make a skirt for my daughter).
I thought these would make pretty Valentine’s Day gifts for my girls, so I decided to add some embroidery to personalize them. I didn’t really plan out the stitching at all. I had some ideas, but I wanted the embroidery to look organic and sketchy. The lines aren’t straight and the stitching isn’t even, and that’s the look I wanted.
I think the small size paired with a cute pair of earrings would make a really thoughtful gift for a friend! Without the embroidery, I would have finished all three envelopes in an hour. Overall the pattern is simple, the sewing time is short, and the smaller size is great for using up small bits of fabric. Besides embroidery, you could embellish the clutch with lace, pretty buttons, or textured fabric. It’s a fun pattern to use to try out some new ideas.
Visit Mae & K to see Maegen’s Envelope Clutch and see the details of her Envelope Clutch: