As part of our school’s Silent Auction Project recently, our ingenious teachers decided to donate our talents and time for a mentoring project. The event was intended to raise funds for our school’s scholarship program, and since it was my first time to be involved in such a project, I didn’t know what to expect. I volunteered to offer my time to conduct a Hand Sewing Class of DIY Clutch Bag (it was a tote bag originally) to the highest bidder. I knew that my proposal was quite ambitious and would be easier said than done. Everyone who knows me very well is cognizant that although I passed my Home Economics classes in elementary and high school without bribing my teachers, I have never showcased my sewing ability to anybody besides my husband. The thing with my husband, however, is he only needed buttons to sew on and he is also very easy to please. So needless to say, as the lesson time grew near, the idea of conducting a paid sewing lesson – pardon the “tongue and cheek metaphor” – made me feel I was on pins and needles. Well, just a little bit…
After waiting for weeks of anticipation, finally last weekend I met my four-year old lucky winner and her parents. What I expected to be nerve-wracking (I was thinking, what if I got a skilled seamstress for a student?) turned out to be not only fun but also a BIG success. Yay!
As my way of saying thank you for the great experience, here’s my special treat to everyone who didn’t make it to my class:
1. Trace and cut your clutch bag pattern
2. Pin along the edges with straight pins, and then stitch the two long sides.
3. After stitching, turn right-side out
4. Stitch embellishments with decorative appliques. To provide extra strength, use a glue gun before stitching.
5. Ready to go!
Thanks for reading and happy sewing to all!
Note: Materials for this project were all purchased from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store, St. Pete Beach, Fl.