Friday, August 30, 2019

Clematis Pouches with Boxed Corners

I made a lot of Clematis Wristlets (Blue Calla pattern) over a year ago, about 30 of them , but they did not sell very well. So I reduced the price on them and most of them sold. I don't think people here like wristlets. Clematis is a cute looking pouch so I was surprised it didn't sell well.

I got to thinking recently what if I were to box the corners of the bag instead of sewing darts and not add a wristlet strap, so I tried this and the following Clematis's are the results I got.

I love the look and because of the boxed corners, the pouch will stand up on it's own now since it has boxed corners too. I made this one using fleece. After making this I made a couple more that I used foam stabilizer in and I think I prefer the foam.

Inside is a slip pocket.
These next Clematis Pouches are made with foam stabilizer. The one on the right is the size the pattern is, and I enlarged the one on the left with the cactus print to 110%. I like the slightly larger size, but I will make both sizes, depending on the amount of fabric that I have on hand. The black print I only had a small amount of that fabric and it was just enough to make this bag, so this original size was perfect to use up the fabric piece I had. 

As you can see when the bag is sitting on its own the pink bottom gets a bit lost in the center. So the next Clematis pouches I made I increased the bottom accent fabric and made it a bit taller so that it shows more and is more balanced.  It still looks nice like this, but I think I prefer the bottom just a bit taller.

The back of the bag so you can see the rest of the print here.

Inside there is one slip pocket.


Isn't this a cute cactus print?

I added a back zippered pocket to this larger Clematis, which is nice, but I don't think I will add a zippered pocket to any more unless I get a request to add one. 

Inside slip pocket.
Next are the Clematis Pouches that I made where I added a bit more height to the bottom accent piece. I think it looks more balanced and you can really see the bottom accent better in these pouches.

This is the original size with the added height on the accent bottom. 

The back of the bag to see more of the print.

Inside with a slip pocket.

I made this one in the larger (110%) size. I used uncorked fabric for the accent. My hubby likes spacey stuff, so I made this bag for him.

The back of the bag to see more of the print.

Of course it was made with love!

The smaller Clematis and the larger Clematis.
I am so glad I decided to box the corners of this bag, because I love this pouch, but not as a wristlet and not as much with darts in the corners. It is a roomier bag now and so useful to holding all kinds of items.
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  1. Hi Daryl, Very cute pouches -- I too like the boxed corners. How's you summer going? Can't believe it's almost fall here. Jackie

  2. Most excellent recounting of how you came to make changes to this project, Daryl, and your final results are perfect. Although I've made a wristlet or two in the past, I'm not much of a user of them. (I think most people likewise prefer to be "hands free" with their bags and such.) And yes, I do like the cactus print... the desert howling wolf print is a bit "different" tho!

    I'm sure you'll sell these no problem.

  3. I love the boxed corners. You do such beautiful work, Daryl. I really like that cactus print! I love the additional height on the bottom. I've never tried the uncorked fabric. Is it easy to work with?

  4. You are the bag and pouch queen! Great idea to box the corners, and that zippered outside pocket is cute. I know it is more work but I like it!!

  5. these are great, the boxed corners are wonderful, like you said the bag stands up and there is more room. i love how you can really show off a fabric with something this size. the curve of the bag is very attractive as well.
    i'm sure these will be a big hit at any show.


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