Receiving my neat coasters from Solveig of Made By Petchy reminded me to get going on my Pay It Forward Pledge. For my first gift, I decided to try another one of the Bend the Rules Sewing projects: the Artsy Clutch.
This is a half stash/half clearance fabric project. The orange is a nice cotton from Holland that my mom bought at a yard sale, and I fished the button out of one of my button jars. I did have to buy some elastic, and I'm not crazy about the black, but it was either that or white. (Anyone know if they make different colors?)
You don't need a lot of fabric, and it sews up quickly, so this is a good instant gratification project. I love playing around with different fabric combinations, though, and I probably spent as much time doing that as I did sewing! I could seriously get addicted to sewing these.
This made me laugh: I went outside to take these pictures and thought grass would make a nice background. So there I am, wandering around the yard with my camera and bag, looking for a patch of grass that wasn't too weedy, wasn't covered with clippings, looked nice and green, etc. Anyone who saw me must have thought I was a little strange.