The Calypso Clutch: Finish In Style

In the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, there is a fabulous clutch bag by Brenda K. B. Anderson, the Calypso Clutch. My first thought when I saw this crocheted bag was "MUST MAKE!" My second thought was, "But there's SEWING involved." If you were just intimidated by the finishing (as lovely as it is) on this bag, as I was, don't dismay! I'm here to tell you that it's much easier than it looks.

  While my mother is a very accomplished seamstress (she worked in a bridal shop and had her own tailoring business), I never managed to fall in love with sewing the way I did with other needle arts. So when I see a crocheted project that involves picking up a needle and thread, I almost immediately dismiss the possibility of making it. I'm glad I forged ahead with the Calypso Clutch, though! The result is turning out to be very satisfying.

First, there is only ONE sewing stitch involved with this project; the blind stitch. Second, it's a stitch you have probably already used in your crochet life. Here's how it's done:

1.       Stitch the bag to the plastic canvas with two 1/4-inch deep stitches. This will anchor your yarn.

2.       Move 1/4 inch along the hem and stitch through both the bag and plastic canvas, taking care to not poke the needle and yarn through to the right side of the work. Go 1/4 inch further and make another stitch the same way.

3.       Stitch around the entire border of the bag, keeping the hem smooth (not puckered) as you go.


4.       When you return to your starting point, make two stitches as in Step 1, knot your thread and cut off any excess.

Here are a couple of links that give good tips on blind stitch with helpful pictures.

Happy Stitching!


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