February 9 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Fat Quarter Clutch Purse by Jennifer, Jennifer Ladd

This Feeling Groovy clutch purse is made with a fat quarter and some great handles. Jennifer created a tutorial for us and we’ll post it later today. Jennifer also sells a beautiful variety of similar handbags in her shop, and we have some handles on sale at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Other handbags we love. For Jennifer’s clutch tutorial come back later today! You can also try here, here and here (via one of our favorite bag resources: U-Handblog).

If you’re interested in bags, don’t miss our Bag Month archives complete with our Interfacing Guide by Amy Butler, Strap Tutorials, Pocket & Lining Tutorials, bag pattern reviews and much more.

Share your handbag & clutch links in the comments below, or point us to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Blue!

Add pictures of your fat quarter projects to our Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool. Share your stash photos in our Fabric Stash & Storage pool.

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131 Responses to February 9 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. Karlene says:

    Hi Jennifer

    Just love how creative you are & your purse ideas , I want to make a few for gifts , can u tell me were I can get the pattern or Instructions for the 1 in the picture , as I cant seem to find it. Love the firm structure and crisp edges , wouldl ove to make 1 , with my matching sun hat.

    Cant wait to see what else u have to share , Thk a mil

    Karlene
    Maldives

  2. Lisa says:

    I am always looking for new and fun ideas! Thanks so much.

  3. Deb says:

    I just bought some beautiful fat quarters that are soon going to be some beautiful bags!

  4. Henrietta says:

    This bag is so cute! I recently crocheted my first purse and would like to sew some as well, Thanks for this great link!

  5. stacysews says:

    I’m really excited to see the tutorial for this purse…. It’s gorgeous (and I have lots of fat quarters that would work with this)!

  6. Kay says:

    Great bag! I also loved the other ones in the tutorial but this one is easily one of my favourites.

  7. GORGEOUS! I love these bags and I am always looking for something to use fat quarters on!

  8. Lisa says:

    Oh, this handbag is nice. I love the tailored look, snappy! So many links to bags made from FQs. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  9. LisaC says:

    I love using/buying fat quarters. I really like the idea of using them for a tote bag. I have just about given up on sewing purses though. :)

  10. Heather A says:

    Oh – It’s so lovely!

  11. Heather B says:

    Very cute – I especially like the fabric!

  12. Tiffany says:

    This is almost exactly what i have been looking for!

  13. What a great way to make a small purse! Just one fat quarter! Amazing!

  14. basimah says:

    I haven’t made this yet and I don’t think anyone else has mentioned it so far, but it’s designed for 2 fat quarters http://wewilsons.blogspot.com/2009/01/fat-quarter-purse-tutorial.html

  15. Willow says:

    must stop blogging, and start sewing!!! My head is filled with exciting ideas! Thanks Mama.

  16. Margaret says:

    Love the bag. How do we get the tut?

  17. Betsy says:

    Very cute bag!

  18. Becky says:

    That bag is so dang cute- I am excited to learn how to make it! I like the handles too…

  19. Mary Q says:

    I love the bag!

  20. Robyn says:

    Love that bag! I need to invest in some handles!

  21. Deborah Harmon says:

    I just found your site. I love the fat quarter handbag tutorial! My friend and I get together to sew and she wants to make her granddaughter handbags. I prefer to carry a small purse, so it is perfect for us! Thanks so much for putting it out there.

    Debbie in WV

  22. amy says:

    i’m working on a fat quarter bag myself! What fun!

  23. Shellyfish says:

    I was stuck for a birthday present idea for a friend, but I think a bag like this will work!

  24. Anna says:

    Looking forward to the tutorial on the clutch bag.

  25. Pikku-Kettu says:

    What a beautiful bag!

  26. Lorian Rivers says:

    I’m a Fat Quarter addict! I have a bunch of them, always lookingn for just the right project to show them off! Got a bunch of old handbags from the Goodwill over the weekend! The handles are great, and cheaper than new ones! Now I know what to use them for…Fat Quarter Cuties!

  27. Amorette says:

    I have been looking for great handbags to make and take advantage of small amounts of gorgeous fabric I want to keep as close as possible! Thanks!

  28. On my blue diaper bag that I used the “Wrestling Cats” fabric on forgot to say that I ran strips of white Velcro across the top instead of a zipper so it can be easily opened up. Plus used designer buttons in the top center of teh bag to help in opening and closing the Velcro strips on the bag, too, along with them being decorations, too….. Yes, definitely one of a kind on this fat-quarter blue diaperbag…… The two polypro webbig straps are both 24 inches long so the bag can be used as a shoulder bag, thus hands free for carrying ones “bundle of joy.” Peggy

  29. Just posted a photo of a diaperbag that I made. It’s blue and can be made from 8 fat quarter size pieces of fabric. The fabric is called “Wrestlin’ Cats.” It has 2 boxes of Whitman’s Sampler one pound boxes sticking out of the outside pockets and another one in the bottom of the inside of the bag, for illustration purposes, only. Eight fat quarters to make it consisted of: Two for the outside pockets, one on each side, folded in half….. Two for the outsides, one for each side……. Two for the insides, one on each side…… Two for the inside pockets, one for each side, folded in half…… You might say that this is a larger version of the LGD Miranda Day Bag, with using the lining pieces on both the outside and the inside, with adding pockets to it, on both the outside and the inside. It’s also has two more fat quarters for the interfacing. I used an inexpensive solid colored fleece throw that I had cut up for same….. Used blue polypro webbing for the handles on the bag too. It’s one of those one of a kind that I made for a friend that was expecting a boy a couple of months ago. She just loved it……

  30. Sarah Lemmon says:

    I love this pattern and the handles look vintage… are they?

  31. Brooke says:

    I’ve just started making handbags and LOVE uses for small amounts of gorgeous fabric! Thanks!

  32. Cindy says:

    I enjoy checking out all the tutorials–These sewing “sisters” and SMS are so generous with their talent!

  33. Shanna says:

    Very cute. Love the fabric!

  34. becky says:

    Bags are an obsession … er, I mean passion … of mine. Thanks for the new ones and the reminder of all the oldies. I need to get sewing.

  35. Emily says:

    Cute bag!

  36. Barbara says:

    I love these bags, I will be making at least one for sure (the red damask is my favorite). Thanks for all the great fat quarter ideas this week.

  37. Rachel says:

    Ooh, I can’t wait to try out a couple of those tutorials!

  38. Stacy says:

    So cute. Can’t wait for the tute!

  39. Laura says:

    These bag ideas are awesome. Thanks!

  40. Tabitha says:

    I love fat quarters! I’m so excited about all the projects this month, too!

  41. Kate M. says:

    Anyone know what the fabric is?

  42. Lisa says:

    Love that bag.

  43. Leigh says:

    I am LOVING fat quarter month!!! I’ll be sewing these bags forever!

  44. Mary says:

    Super cute!

  45. Libby says:

    Love purses, and fabric purses are the best.

  46. Rebecca says:

    Love the handles! And great shape!

  47. Baba says:

    So Chic!

  48. Helena says:

    super cute.

  49. Ms. Cleaver says:

    love the bag and love the how to – I’m thinking I need to start looking into getting some fat quarterS!

  50. Kara says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. This is such a cute bag – I am definitely going to try making it. And thanks for the tip about the handles being on sale too.

  51. Serena says:

    U-Handblog is so wonderful.

  52. Paula in NH says:

    I’m becoming a bag-a-holic and I love this tutorial. Know if only I had enough time to sew . . .

  53. Stacey says:

    This is very cute! Thanks for the great Tutorial!

  54. Leesa says:

    I love that little fat quarter bag and I love fat quarters

  55. alison says:

    WoW! That bag looks so expensive! Might need to make one for myself!

  56. Jen B. says:

    Very cute, I’m going to have to give it a try!

  57. Malea says:

    Really like the bag, interested to see how to construct it. Thank you!

  58. Mary Ann M says:

    I’m really lovin’ it!

  59. Diane says:

    love the bag….can’t wait to try the pattern..

  60. Lesley Stenning says:

    love this purse!
    I make loads of tote bags for adults and kids as gifts and also to sell. I’m working at opening an etsy shop for my company, smidgebox, but for now i’ve mostly sold at craft fairs and by commission.
    I have some pics on my flickr set:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smidgebox/sets/72157612874705784/

  61. BCQuilter says:

    A clutch purse from a fat quarter… and a very beautiful fat quarter too!

    Perfect project for that FQ you don’t really want to cut up.

    -Alice

  62. Emily S says:

    That bag is beautiful!!

  63. wendy says:

    That’s a beautiful bag!

  64. Paula says:

    Love this bag and will surely try the tutorial, thanks!

  65. I am off to the store to buy some fabric to make this right now!! I can’t wait!

  66. Nicole says:

    Wow, another fabulous project – thanks so much for all the inspiration and very handy tutorials!!

  67. nikko says:

    Who knew you could make such cute stuff with fat quarters? Love it!

  68. Angela C. says:

    I would love to make a bag. I’m new to sewing but it is on my list.

    accoupons at gmail dot com

  69. Christen says:

    Love the handbag! I sure hope that it’s easy to make- as a novice sewer, I like projects I can accomplish, that aren’t a pillow.

  70. Jodie says:

    I’m a sucker for a good bag! I can’t wait!

  71. Stephanie says:

    I love the bag!

  72. Jane says:

    I am dying to start the tutorial when it is offered. I really want to make a purse.
    I love this FQ moth, so many great projects and ideas offered.

  73. Christy says:

    I can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

  74. Harley says:

    Super cute!!

  75. Lola Jo says:

    Um…wow. I think this is the best usage of a fat quarter yet!

  76. jodie says:

    I can’t beleive this…out of a fat quarter!!

  77. Pam says:

    I have never had a true “handbag” and can’t wait to try this. :) Love it!

  78. Quyann says:

    I love this bag! What a great way to make a cute inexpensive bag. I can’t wait to see the tutorial….I might start my Christmas projects early this year!

  79. Debra says:

    What a cute idea. Love the handbag.

  80. Danielle says:

    So fun! Can’t wait to make one!

  81. Ellen B says:

    These bags look like they would be good starter purses to learn the basics. Thanks, I’m really enjoying fat quarter month and the daily postings.

  82. Shanna says:

    The fabric is really cute but I would rather make a shoulder bag than one you have to actually carry in your hand all the time. The book Sew Everything Workshop has a really cute project for a Tokyo bag that I’m dying to try.

  83. Katie says:

    This gets the creative juices flowing!

  84. Bethany says:

    I’ve been needing a new purse…this post inspires me to do some research to find the perfect one…now if only I had the perfect material!

  85. Nancy says:

    Can’t wait to print the PDF…I love bags and have made about 35 so far for family and friends…

  86. Kristen L says:

    I have never made a handbag, purse, or clutch, so this is one of my goals for the year. I just have to find the perfect fabric first! :)

  87. alisha says:

    Love the handbag! I’ve made several different styles over the past year and really enjoy making purses and bags.

  88. JaneR says:

    Who would spend hundreds on one bag when you can have one sweet bag after another with these tutorials…and for just a few dollars?! Aren’t we sewers fortunate to use our craft for comfort (quilts), art (quilts, wall hangings, etc.) and fashion (handbags, etc.)?

  89. Katie says:

    This is great! Looking forward to the tutorial. Love the wood handles!

  90. jen says:

    that is an awesome looking bag! Can’t wait to see the tutorial!

  91. Margie says:

    Oh Purses are my favorite thing to make!! I can’t wait to try a fat quarter puse!! That purse is beautiful!!

  92. Betsy M says:

    Cute! Gotta read all this to figure out how to make one. Thanks!

  93. Celeste says:

    I’m bookmarking these pages for Spring!

  94. Manouchka says:

    This is a great post! So many things to consider when making a bag.
    Could you explain more about making your own binding (or if you have already written about it refer me to it)?

    Thanks!

  95. Toby says:

    yeah, bags are my favorite to make!

  96. Elizabeth says:

    What a gorgeous purse! Can’t wait to see the tutorial!

  97. Michele says:

    Cute bag! I cannot wait to see the tutorial! Thanks!

  98. Mary says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting the tutorial! I love it.

  99. Holly says:

    those handles are perfect! I’m always on the hunt for handles that aren’t cheepy looking.

  100. Debbie L says:

    Love the wooden handles. MIght need to make a bag soon!

  101. Shauntel Hart says:

    Beautiful Bag!

  102. Love working with fat quarters. Fat quarter purses are fun!

  103. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    I have my fabric chosen and am ready to start once the tutorial is posted. Yikes, so ready!

  104. Barb says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait for the tutorial…

  105. Mrs. Rachel says:

    That’s a great little bag! Looking forward to the tutorial!

  106. Karen says:

    I love bags….and fat quarters…I have so many and i need to use them!

  107. Nikki says:

    This bag is so cute. I have never used fat quarters and am getting inspired to do so. Thanks!

  108. Erica says:

    Oh! I can’t wait for the tutorial. I’m almost as addicted to purses as I am fabric!

  109. Shaz says:

    I love hand bags, cannot get enough of them. Will be checking back for the tutorials and to peruse the Bag Month archives! Thanks!

  110. Sarah Lee says:

    love these!!!!

  111. Anya T. says:

    Love the bag and can’t wait for the tutorial. THanks.

  112. Jessica says:

    I love the idea of using a fat quarter to make a bag! Quick project that doesn’t cost a lot of money…fantastic!

  113. Martha says:

    I love the Dresden Petal Handbag and will be putting that on my project queue.

  114. Farrah says:

    What a cute purse! I’ve only sewed aprons so far, but I just might use this purse as my first non-apron project. Thanks!

  115. Marilyn says:

    What a classy purse!

  116. mara says:

    here is a beaded wristlet clutch i made for my niece last year:
    http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/christmas-07-redux-part-2/

    this year’s bag for my niece…
    http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2008/12/27/poems-and-a-purse/

    ….using o, fransson’s popular “margaret bag” tutorial and pattern:
    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/11/margaret-sling-bag.html

    and some tiny bags using a pattern from kumiko sudo’s book, “wagashi”:
    http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/magical-thinking/

  117. Shannon says:

    Nice purse!! I can’t wait for the tut! Thanks for all the great information!

  118. qsogirl says:

    Thank you so much for these links. I make a lot of purses, and I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to try a zippered pocket. The tutorial is great! I want to try it as soon as I get home from work tonight :)

  119. Megan says:

    Oooh lovely!

    I think these are cute little purses: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18664377

    This sling bag looks like it could be made from some fat quarters too! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19821009

  120. Marianne says:

    Blue fat quarters….how much fun and a clutch made with them…..mmmmmmmmm!

  121. June says:

    Fat quarters are an excellent way to build my fabric stash!

  122. Amy Hodge says:

    This is a really cute bag, especially in that fabric. And thanks for reminding us of all the other info you have on your site as well that is related. I swear I could spend all day reading Sew, Mama, Sew! and not actually getting any sewing done!

  123. Audrey says:

    That is a gorgeous clutch! I am definitely making a few of those!:)

  124. stitchstitch says:

    Ooo, I’m loving that fabric!

  125. Tammy :) says:

    I love this handbag! (and I’ll never look at another fat quarter in the same way!)

  126. Kari says:

    I love that bag. . .I’m a sucker for handbags. .. what great ideas:)

  127. Kay says:

    Beautiful purse :) Can’t wait to see the ‘how-to’

  128. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    YEAH! I love bags, I am always searching for the perfect bag! Maybe one of these will be it!

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