Worker Bee Box – September, Autumn clutch.

This month’s box contains a warm, soft project for the Autumn that you can wear! The September Worker Bee Box contains all the materials and a tutorial to make a herringbone wool clutch. 
Materials: 
Herringbone wool  (35 x 45) 
Fleece (35 x 45)
Fleece pocket (35 x 12) 
Interfacing (35 x 45)
Orange cotton thread
Button
50 cm of sequin ribbon
You will need a sewing machine. 

PREPARE YOUR FABRIC: 
Your pieces’ measurements are approximated please check the desired width and height of your clutch (you can do this by folding the fabric in three), if you want to make it smaller, please cut accordingly. 
POCKET: 
Fold the small rectangle in half right sides together so it is about 17cm wide
– Pin along both sides and across the bottom, leaving an approximately 6cm opening along the bottom for turning. 
1 – Using a 1cm seam allowance, stitch along all sides, remembering to leave that 6cm opening along the bottom for turning. 
– Make sure you reverse stitch the seam at both sides of the opening. 
– Cut the corners at a diagonal, being careful not to cut into your seam. 
– Turn right side out through the opening. Use a long, blunt-end tool, like a chopstick/knitting needle, to square the corners. Press well. 
2 – Place & pin the finished pocket on the right side of the interior piece, 
centring the pocket in the middle. 
3 – Edge stitch the pocket in place along both sides and across the bottom. This will close the opening at the bottom. 

INTERFACING: 
4 – Place the shiny side of the interfacing to the wrong side of the fleece. Iron on until fused. 
MAKE THE CLUTCH:
5 – Place the finished interior piece right sides together with the exterior piece. Pin all around, leaving an approximately 6cm wide opening along the center of one side for turning.
6 – Using a 1.5cm seam allowance, stitch along both sides and across the bottom, remembering to leave that 6cm opening along the side for turning. Make sure you reverse stitch the seam at both sides of the opening. 
Cut the corners at a diagonal, being careful not to cut into your seam. 
7 – Turn right side out through the opening. Use a long, blunt-end tool to square the corners. Press well, turning in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam. 
8 – Zig zag stitch all around to secure the seams
– Re-fold the bottom up 4¾” and pin along both sides. It is very important that your side edges are flush. Pin in place. 
9 – Edge stitch both sides at around 2cm from the edge, starting beyond the top fold by about 1cm and reverse stitch to secure. This 2cm gap will make a small gusset on the sides.  
SEW BUTTON & BUTTONHOLE: 
10 – Measure the middle of the top and make a buttonhole (horizontal)
– Sew your button on the inside piece of the clutch. If you want to make it more evening wear, use an old brooch or ear ring
FINISH OFF:
Top stitch following the herringbone pattern (this will also make your clutch top stronger) 
Sew your sequin on to make a detail. 
  
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Every box contains a new project, including a tutorial and all the materials you need to make it. You can obviously use the materials to make something else! 
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