Ida Clutch

I have previously written about the Ida clutch pattern. I wanted to show you the other versions which I’ve made recently.


I have been continuing to experiment sewing with leather. My friend Zara wrote an amazing post with lots of leather hints and tricks. Check it out if you want to sew with leather on a domestic machine.

Another blog which is all about bag making is Bag ‘n-telle .

My favourite tools for leather sewing are leather needles and Clover style wonder clips.


Gordon Walters ‘Koru’


I acquired some leather pieces from The Fabric Store during their recent sale which I wanted to make into Ida clutch purse bags. I sewed the purses with d-rings on the side so the bag handle can easily be moved between bags.

The blue and white fabric below was gifted to me from a friend. The textile was designed by a local company called Aroha Textiles. The print is based on the Koru pattern designed by New Zealand Artist Gordon Walters.



I didn’t have enough leather to make use the Ida clutch pattern for the purses below as the leather pieces were oddly shaped $5 remnants. Instead, I made simple rectangle purses and followed the instructions here. Fat quarters or scraps of fabric make ideal linings!

Parisian inspired linings for extra cuteness!


These purses get used every day I just switch between the different prints. Next time I make one I will add a cell phone pocket.

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