My husband would undoubtedly be proud if this post was actually about a real camouflage clutch, but alas it’s actually just about a little raccoon named rocky. This fellow has gotten a fair amount of mileage this week, thanks to the fabulous Rachael of imaginegnats. She has labeled 2013 the year of the Raccoon and a few of us are jumping on the bandwagon and making the masked little fellow the superstar that he should be.
It all started with a needle book, then a little ornament, then a coffee cozy and then little rocky got his very own week full of fun projects. Kelley of Casa Crafty kicked it off with the raccoon elbow patches. I already have plans for my lightly worn, but still my favorite, boiled wool jacket! I followed with some raccoon gift tags for the holidays and beyond. Jill of Made with Moxie showed us how to make mini rocky raccoon shoelace pets for your littles or perhaps even fashion savvy you! Jennet of Feathered Nest created the cutest little raccoon hair clips that could also be adapted into keychains. The whole thing inspired me to keep going and I just had to turn rocky into his very own clutch… and then I just had to share it with you;). Looks like this is my very first DIY here on JPL, so I hope you like it! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and if you make one of these little darlings, show Rachael some love and post it to her flickr group.
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Raccoon Camo Clutch
Gather your materials:
cream colored linen
lining fabric (I used a print from Hello Pilgrim by Lizzy House)
Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
two colors of felt (I used green and beige to mimic traditional camo colors)
rachael’s raccoon felt ornament template
embroidery needle & thread
sewing machine & related supplies
rotary cutter & mat
The best way to get started is to construct your very own Rocky. Simply follow Rachael’s instructions. He’ll look a little something like this before you sew him together:
Next, cut two 9-1/2″ x 12″ rectangles from your linen, lining fabric and Shape-Flex®. I like to use a rotary cutter for this to make sure that my lines are straight, but you could easily use a pair of sharp scissors.
Place the Shape-Flex® on your ironing board with the fusible side up (hint: the fusible side is a little bumpy). Place the linen over the Shape-Flex® with right side up. Cover with a press cloth, spritz with water from your iron and firmly press in sections for about 8-10 seconds. Do this for the whole area of the rectangle. Repeat steps for second piece of linen.
Place your lining rectangles right sides together and pin in place. Mark a 3″-4″ gap along one short side. Starting at one mark, sew toward the outer corner and up one side with a 1/2″ seam allowance, backstitching at the start and finish. Repeat for the other side. Place your newly interfaced linen rectangles right sides together and pin in place. Sew down one long side, all the way across one short side and up the opposite long side with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Carefully clip the corners of both the exterior and the lining close to the stitching — be careful not to snip the stitches!
Turn the linen piece right side out and push out the corners. Slide the piece inside the lining. Line up the side seams and the raw edges and pin in place. Sew all the way around the top raw edge, backstitching at the start and finish to secure the stitches.
Reach through the gap that you left in the lining and gently pull the exterior linen out through the opening.
Push the corners of the lining out. Before doing anything else, you want to sew that gap closed. This can be done by hand as an invisible stitch, or on your sewing machine, sewing close to the edge.
Now push the lining down into the linen exterior.
I like to pin in place before top stitching to ensure that everything stays where it should. Topstitch close to the edge for a clean finish.
To create the ‘fold-over’ clutch look, simply decide where you want your fold to be, fold & press in place. Now it’s time for Rocky! Grab your finished camo face, center him on the edge of the fold-over and pin in place.
I used a variation on the invisible stitch to secure rocky in place. If you do the same, make sure to sew only through the exterior and not the lining!
Grab your super-stylin’ raccoon camo clutch and go!!
** note: I used a print from Hello Pilgrim by Lizzy House as a backdrop for most of my images.