These are so gratifying to create, both aesthetically pleasing and practical. And I’ve moved them up in scale to ‘floor baskets.’ Naturally, I imagine using these to house knitting necessities, but they also work well for toys (canine, baby, or otherwise), socks, electronics…
This is one of those statement accessories that would look great with a neutral outfit… if only I owned one. I might have to go buy a white shirt. There’s something I love about the feeling of a clutch, the way it snuggles under your arm, and the way you can never totally ignore it– not like a messenger bag that just gets flung to your backside. The clutch is a real participant in the ensemble.
Onto the tutorial. Firstly, you will need a tin - any sized tin will do. In saying that, it will make your life easier if your tin fits over the end of your sewing machine (you will see why later in the tutorial). Wash and dry your tin thoroughly. If you choose a tin in which a smell lingers, wash it in a 20% bleach solution. It will get rid of any nasty odours left behind!!
Here's a little square-bottomed canvas bucket. The design uses a Jordy bag style to get the squared bottom. I kept the height short so it would have a chance of standing on its own (and it does!), and the two little handles on either side are sewn onto the outer fabric with a tight zig-zag stitch.