Two and a half years ago (had it been so long?!) when I lived in Spain and was just getting into sewing, I made this interesting circle skirt:
It was definitely a cute idea, but I don't think I ever wore it.
It ended up being a smidge too short and a bit loud. Plus I miscalculated the wait measurement and it ended up more around my hips, which wasn't ideal.
So, forgotten and unworn, this skirt has been sitting in my room in Cambridge since I moved back from Europe in 2010.
Last night, itching to use my machine for something simple, I was poking through my mom's sewing box and found a navy blue 7-inch zipper.
I'd had it in the back of my mind to make a fold over clutch, after seeing so many pretty ones on Pinterest, and that zipper was about the right length, so I got to looking for a coordinating fabric.
After sifting through my old clothes (prime specimens for being repurposed) I came across this navy polka dot skirt which matched the zipper perfectly!
So I got to work cutting it up and came up with this polka dot fold over clutch!
I didn't have any magnetic clasps and I was feeling impatient, so I used snaps instead, which work great!
The zipper is exactly the same navy blue!
I even put in a little inside pocket for my iphone so it doesn't get mangled by my keys at the bottom.
It's the perfect size for your essentials on a night out or to tuck under your arm on a warm spring day.
(The colors are decidedly not wintery).
I mostly just made it the way I would a regular zippered pouch, just elongating the length, but it you want to recreate it, this is a pretty good tutorial to follow.
Oh, and before I forget, Happy New Year!