Friday, 17 April 2009

Easy Peasy Wristlet

I love the simple elegance of a wristlet. It's perfect for a night out on the town (when all you need is lipstick and ID) or to keep in a larger purse for smaller items like coins or loyalty cards. I created this sparkly blue wristlet using fabric leftover from a Halloween costume. The pattern is very simple. I cut two half moon shapes to form the main purse, and 2 bands of fabric: one large (for the wrist strap) and one small (to attach the clasp to the purse).

To create the purse:

With right sides facing together sew the zipper to the straight edges of the half moons (see photo). Fold the raw edges of the band in towards the centre and press flat with an iron. Loop the smaller band around the bottom of the clasp to form the piece that will be sewn into the purse. Pin the clasp inside the purse about 3 cm from the zipper.

Open the zipper half way and sew together the half moons. Trim the seams and turn right side out. Lastly, fold the raw edges of the longer band in towards the centre and steam flat with an iron. Fold the band in half so the edges line up. Steam flat with an iron. Overlap the two ends to form a loop. Sew along the band lengthwise. Attach the band to the clasp on the purse. Viola!

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