Meet and Make: Beverly McCullough

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Today we’re meeting Beverly McCullough from the blog Flamingo Toes. Beverly started sewing and crafting over 25 years ago. She started by making samplers and sewing her own clothes in high school.

She started Flamingo Toes as a way to keep track of all of her adventures and found a love for blogging that she never expected. While her blog includes all kinds of crafty projects, the main focus lies with sewing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Now her adventure continues with an Etsy Shop and as her blog grows.

10 Fun Facts about Beverly:

1. I received my first sewing machine as a birthday gift for my 16th birthday. I’ve been sewing like mad ever since.

2. I almost burned down a century old B&B in London because I used the wrong electricity converter. My first day there. Welcome to London.

3. My favorite pie is Sour Cream Lemon.

4. I think crickets are much scarier than spiders. They are very unpredictable.

5. I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart.

6. We had a pet snake escape a few years ago. We couldn’t find him for about 2 weeks, until he came out of hiding while a friend was visiting. She found him in the bathroom with her and thought he was a toy. She wasn’t thrilled when we told her he was alive – and actually hasn’t come back to visit since, now that I think about it. huh.

7. I named my first car Emily.

8. I have a cup of tea every night before bed. English Breakfast or Earl Gray – with milk and sugar.

9. I am very afraid of heights.

10. This year I would like to refinish a piece of furniture, make a softie pattern, and possibly take a ceramics class.

Beverly was nice enough to share a new clutch project with us for National Craft Month! Here’s an adorable clutch with applique on the front. Just follow Beverly’s steps and you’ll end up with a new girly project, perfect for spring or summer parties.


Applique Simple Clutch

I’ve been thinking about making a new clutch for a while. I just couldn’t decide what to do. What can I say? I’m wishy-washy. So to solve the problem, I came up with a simple pattern that is easy to change up for different versions! Today I’m sharing the Applique Clutch – a sweet clutch with a fun applique on the front. At the end of the post I’ll show you the other versions – with links to how to change up the pattern.

Ready for Version 1 – the Applique Simple Clutch?

This clutch is fairly easy to sew – no zippers, just a simple snap closure. This version has a fun raw-edge applique on the front flap and is decorated with a vintage beaded closure.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need.

1/3 yard for outside fabric

1/3 yard for inside lining

(I used Joel Dewberry, Heirloom by Free Spirit, Ornate Floral in Amber & Tile Flourish in Amber)

1/4 yard of fusible heavyweight Pellon interfacing (Peltex 71F – Ultra Firm Stabilizer)

1/2 yard of fusible interfacing (950F – fusible nonwoven interfacing)

1 magnetic snap closure

1 vintage beaded item (mine was a clip earring with the closure cut off)

Begin by cutting out your outside pieces. You’ll need 2 pieces 11″ x 7″, 1 piece 11″ x 8″ and one piece 3″ x 25″.

When you cut out the pieces, pay attention to the placement of the 11″ x 8″ piece that will be the front flap. Center the piece on a section of fabric that has a feature you want to highlight, like a large flower, bird, whatever.

Make sure that there is another section of the fabric with this same design that will be left after you cut out the other pieces.

Cut out the section of the fabric that you want to use for the fabric applique on the front flap. It should match the design on the front rectangle piece.

Lay the applique piece over the fabric rectangle so that it covers the piece below it.

Sew the applique on, about 1/4″ inside the edge, following the lines of your design.

This will give you a subtle applique look with frayed edges.

Cut out your Ultra Firm Stabilizer – 2 pieces 10″ x 6″ and 1 piece 10″ x 7″. Cut out fusible interfacing for the two long, thin rectangles and all lining pieces.

Iron your interfacings onto the outside fabric pieces.

Sew the long rectangle piece to one of the 11″ x 7″ rectangle pieces along the two short sides and the bottom. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Clip the corners up to the seam but not through it so they will lay nicely.

Sew the other 11″ x 7″ rectangle to the other side of the 3″ piece.

Turn the rectangle right side out and press.

Mark the placement of the large side of the magnetic snap. You should have a snap piece and a metal piece with three holes. Use the metal piece as your guide.

Place the piece in the center of the front rectangle, 1 1/2″ up from the bottom seam. Draw marking lines inside the holes.

Cut small slits in the fabric and interfacing where you have marked it. (A sharp exacto knife works great for this.)

Place the two prongs of the snap through the slits. On the back side (the interfacing side) slip the metal piece over the prongs and fold them to the outside.

Here’s what it looks like on the inside.

Now cut out your lining pieces. You’ll need 2 pieces 11″ x 7″, 1 piece 11″ x 8″ and one piece 3″ x 25″.

You will also need a piece of your outside fabric 9″ x 8″ for the pocket.

Iron your fusible interfacing pieces to all the lining pieces.

Fold your pocket piece in half, right sides together, to make a 4 1/2″ x 8″ rectangle. Sew the three open sides together, leaving a small opening at the bottom for turning.

Clip the corners.

Turn right side out and press.

Center the pocket on one of the 11″ x 7″ lining pieces, 1 1/2″ from the top edge.

Sew the pocket to the lining piece on the two short sides and the bottom, right next to the edge. Sew a seam down the pocket to divide it.

Mine is 2 1/2″ from the left side.

Sew your lining pieces to the 3″ x 25″ piece like you did with the outside pieces – but leave a section on the bottom open for turning.

Place the outside section inside the lining pieces, matching up the top edges and seams. Make sure that the pocket lining piece is matched up with the back piece of the bag, not the piece with the snap.

Sew around the top edge with a 1/2″ seam.

Turn the bag right side out. Press all those wrinkles out.

Sew up the opening in the lining by hand and tuck the lining into the outside of the bag.

Top stitch around the top edge of the bag, 1/4″ from the edge. This might be tricky since the interfacing is so stiff. But you’re tough. You can handle it.

Now we’re going to add the other side of the snap to the front flap lining piece. Mark the placement for the snap piece, in the center of the lining piece, 1 1/2″ up from the bottom of the piece.

On the back of the lining piece, iron a small square of the heavy-duty stabilizer. This will reinforce the snap so it doesn’t pull out over time.

Add the snap to the lining piece by marking, then cutting slits like you did for the other piece.

Place the two front flap pieces, right sides together. Sew the two side seams and the bottom seam with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Clip the bottom corners.

Turn the piece right side out and press. Clip a little out of the seams at the top open section. Tuck the open ends in and press them down.

Pin the flap to the back side of the clutch, so that the wrong side of the front flap is facing the right side of the back of the clutch. The front flap should overlap the back piece by 1″.

Sew the front flap piece to the back of the clutch, 1/4″ from the folded edge of the front flap.

(Again, this will be a little unwieldy. A heavy duty needle will help.)

Pinch together the top of the clutch, with middle section folded to the inside, like the picture below.

Tack this tucked section in place by hand with a few stitches through the fold.

Now if all is right with the world, your front flap should fold over and snap closed!

If you want, add a little fun decorative piece at the bottom of the front flap. You could use a button, pin, anything really that matches your style and fabric. This will look like the outside of the snap, but it’s just for decoration.

I used one of my Grandma’s clip on earrings. I cut off the clip portion with wire cutters and glued it to the front of the flap, over the snap.

And that finishes it up!!

Such a cute clutch – with plenty of room for your wallet, phone, and keys – and we even have a pocket for lip gloss!

I just love the fabric of the clutch!! So perfect for brightening up an outfit.

So that’s our Applique version – here are the other versions:

You can check out the other tutorials by clicking on the links: Ruffled Clutch, Vintage Lace Clutch, Retro Chevron Clutch

I’d love to hear what you think!
Don’t forget, it’s one of the last days of National Craft Month! So head on over to the Project of the Day and enter to win by leaving a comment on the post. Only 2 more chances to win so make sure you don’t miss out! You can see if you won by returning to the blog the next day, where we’ll be announcing the winner.


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  1. Teresa S. says

    I’ve never heard of Sour Cream Lemon Pie but my family loves lemon anything. Would you share your recipe?

  2. Heidi aka Digital Misfit says

    Well, crickets ARE creepy, but nothing is scarier than a spider (except maybe an evil clown).
    I would love to take a ceramics or pottery class too.
    I hope you make that softie pattern! They are fun to design – you will be hooked!

  3. Rosemary Rivas says

    The fabric used in making the clutch is very unique. You seldom find fabrics like this anymore–so when you do, make sure you buy enough! I also made all of my clothes after learning to sew at a Singer Sewing Machine store as part of a Girl Scout badge! When graduating from elementary school, it was predicted that I would open my own dress shop because of the fact that I made my own clothes–I guess it was so uncommon for girls of my age to sew. Sadly some things never change, but we can hope!

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