Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Navigator's Clutch


**Update: You can now find the tutorial for this clutch here!

It seems that every time I travel, I have no place to put important maps, lists, and memorabilia that go along with the journey. Instead I usually end up with several different bags in the front seat which I'm constantly rooting through, trying to remember where I put this or that. This year I was determined to sew something for myself to take care of that problem, and here it is: the Navigator's Clutch.


I designed this clutch to be a catch-all for the things that I need to have up front with me next to the driver's seat. Not only is it a great place to put the pamphlets and small treasures that we collect while we're on our trips, but it also can hold the gear that I like to use when I'm not the one driving: a Kindle, ipod, or cell phone.


At 16 by 9.5 inches in size, it's large enough to hold my essentials, but not too big to carry around in place of a purse if I don't want to just use it for storage once we reach our destination. There are pockets inside for a journal, a pen, and any maps or papers I need to bring with me. I also included an outside pocket with a velcro flap for any small objects that I'd rather not lose.


All of the fabric for this clutch is designed by Denyse Schmidt from her Daisy Mae, Aunt Edna, and Meadowlark collections. I love the way these prints coordinate with each other in such a bright, happy way.


I'm so excited to use this on our family road trip at the end of the month. Arizona, here we come!

Linking up to Ellison Lane Quilts' Summer Sewing Contest, Sew Modern Monday, and Manic Monday.

18 comments:

  1. Oh Heidi! This is lovely! Beautiful colors!

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  2. Just saw this post on Twitter - yay! This is such a great idea and as a bonus it is totally cute and lovely! A future tutorial perhaps?

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  3. Heidi! This turned out so cute! I love these fabrics-definitely says summer:)

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  4. That really is fantastic, Heidi. You should definitely do up a tutorial. I travel a lot, I'd make one!

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  5. It's just gorgeous, the perfect soloution! You are so clever x

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  6. This is such a great idea! I know I always have a jumbled mess of maps & pamphlets on the floor of my car. This project would definitely make any journey less stressful!

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  7. That is such a good idea! We got back from a long trip last night, and had so many bits of paper and keys and gadgets. I second Beth's comment, a tutorial would be fab if you had the time x

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  8. Hi! That is a great idea and you have made wonderful work with beautiful fabrics!

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  9. I love and have some of the navy and orange floral. What a great use of it! Very pretty clutch!

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  10. I love this. I am so making one for my summer road trips! Thanks for the idea :)

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  11. this is a great idea for carrying things for trips and such.

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  12. Love your clutch, hope you do a tutorial so I can make one of my very own :)

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  13. a fantastic idea! what a pleasure to use as well and just look at and fondle! lol x

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  14. What an excellent idea! I totally agree with the need for this in the front seat and it's so cute besides! Great job.

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  15. What a great idea and gorgeous finished project!

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  16. Love this! You're brilliant, Heidi!

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  17. I am so far behind in my reader I hadn't seen this yet, but what a clever idea! I really need one for our car trips - I love being the navigator! Thanks much for sharing...

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