Walk in the Park – part 3

The Clutch

We live on a dirt road in the country so I rarely worry about where my dog “goes” when we are on a walk. However, we do travel into town to frequent the dog parks and local trail systems. Oh I never enjoy wondering upon the mess of a dog so i like to bring along a plastic bag for cleaning up after my Ziggy. It is also nice, on occasion to have a place to put a few dollars in case I stop for coffee or treats for the kids.

This clutch is perfect for carrying your plastic bag, id, money, keys, etc while walking your pooch. Or this makes a great little wallet to attach to your key ring, keep those frequent shopper cards or customer reward cards here and you’ll can stop cluttering up your wallet!

{Pattern Copyright 2012 Maranda Lee Design Ltd}

Materials

Scrap fabric cut to 12 x 7 1/2″- 2 pieces

Iron-on interfacing, light-weight (Pellon 911FF) cut to 12 x 7 1/2″ – 2 pieces

Scrap fabric 3″ x 4″ for strap

Snap hook or lobster claw hook (you can also use a small carabiner or split ring)

1. Iron interfacing to wrong side of each piece of fabric. I usually place the interfacing with the bumpy side facing up then place the fabric on top with the right side facing me (wrong side facing the bumps). Then iron using a medium to high heat.

2. For the strap, fold both edges (the 4″ side) to the middle and press. Fold again and press. You now have a 4″ long strip. Top-stitch the length of the strip 1/4″ from the folded edge.

3. Slip the strap through the hook, fold in half. Measure 3″ up from the bottom of the fabric 12″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle. Matching raw edges of the strap and the edge of the fabric, pin in place.

4. Place second piece of fabric, right sides facing on top of first piece of fabric with the hook pinned in place. Pin  all four sides. Stitch around all 4 sides leaving 3″ open at the bottom of the rectangle for turning. Be sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end of your stitch.

5. Clip corners, turn right side out. Push corners out using the eraser tip of a pencil or other un-sharp blunt object. Press.

6. Fold raw edge of the opening under to the wrong side and topstitch along the bottom.

7. Fold rectangle into thirds. This creates a pouch and flap. Mark a place on the pouch for the velcro (hook/loop) and pin in place. Stitch around the edge of velcro using a straight stitch or zig zag stitch

8. Fold flap down then fold up just enough to mark the flap with where the other side of the velcro should go. Use the piece of velcro you just stitched in place as a guide. Pin velcro then stitch around the edge as you did in step 7.

8.  With the “flap” up or open, topstitch around all 3 sides of the pouch, back-stitch at the beginning and end.

Sha-bam! You’re done!

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