Hi Everyone 🙂
Did you know the Reunion Clutch offers the perfect opportunity to use leather and make it a feature?!
My 2nd tip is to use a walking foot. Leather is tough, so when I use my waking foot paired with a leather needle, sewing leather is EASY 🙂
You could also use a Teflon foot, I don’t own one, but I have heard they make working with leather easy too.
My 3rd tip is to use 100% polyester thread (this is a MUST). You can also use a nylon thread, I haven’t tried this, however some bag makers do. When I sew with leather I use 100% polyester thread that is an upholstery weight, it looks nice (and professional) 😉
Now we have all that sorted…
Let’s get to adapting the Reunion Clutch pattern to work with our Leather. In the pattern you are asked to apply Fusible Fleece to Pattern Piece B – Accent. However, when using leather this is not necessary…
To adapt the pattern you will need:
– Pattern Piece B
– Leather (enough for 2 x Pattern Piece B – remember it is cut on the fold!)
– Fusible Medium Weight interfacing (enough for 2 x Pattern Piece B – remember it is cut on the fold!)
– 2 x Main A fabric pieces (already interfaced as per the pattern directions).
1. Fold Pattern Piece B on the dotted line, and cut your leather in this new shape (don’t forget to cut it on the fold!).
2. Apply the fusible medium weight interfacing to the WRONG side of the leather accent pieces.
When applying the interfacing to the leather, ensure you apply it 1/8″ from the top of the leather accent piece.
3. Take Main A and place it right side up in front of you. Then lay your leather accent piece face up on top.
4. Sew the leather accent to Main A using a 1/8″ seam (like you would to topstitch).
5. Repeat for the second Main A and leather accent pieces, then continue with the rest of the pattern as instructed.
I hope you enjoy using this tutorial, happy sewing!