If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you're probably aware that I recently took the Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques Craftsy class taught by Janelle MacKay. Today I'm sharing my review with you. I also have a discount to pass along (details at the bottom of this post).
This class includes patterns to make all the "mix and match" clutches, plus instructions on how to make them. Along with video instruction, there is a full text version on how to complete the bags. The class is way more than just a video tutorial though. I consider myself an intermediate-advanced bag maker, and I picked up so many tips for making bags, especially finishing tips. Here are the lessons covered in the class:
I really enjoyed the fabric lessons Janelle gave; she talked about some fabric that is typically considered more difficult to work with, and she provided tips on how to use them in these bags. The first time I watched the class, I pretty much had my mouth gaping open in awe the whole time. The entire class wowed me. I really could not wait to get started making the clutches and trying out the new techniques I had learned.
I really love the concept of these mix and match patterns. The class includes pattern pieces and instructions to make a virtually unlimited number of combinations for your clutch. You can choose from 3 different flap fronts: asymmetrical, pointed and rounded. You can also choose the body front: trapezoid, rectangular and pieced. In addition to those options, Janelle teaches how to make your own shape if you choose. The hardware options add even further to the uniqueness of your bag. There are also several strap options for you to choose from, including wrist strap, shoulder strap, and metal chain. The construction of the clutches are identical, no matter which shape you choose. The lining of the clutch eliminates the need for a wallet with the bag. There are 3 card slots, a "lipstick" slot, a zippered pocket and a slip pocket.
I really have been enjoying Craftsy lately! This is the first time I've made a project along with a video, and it really felt like I was sewing along with the instructor. I liked being able to pause and back up, refer to my class materials, and even read questions from other participants. Craftsy really offers a lot of flexibility to access your classes. You can watch from the computer, or from a tablet or smart phone. There's even a Craftsy app, which is my preferred way to access my classes. The app makes it easy to switch quickly between video and class materials. If you like, you can download individual lessons, so you can watch them offline as well. Craftsy is risk free too; if you don't like the class, you can take advantage of their money back guarantee.
Janelle MacKay designs patterns and hardware at Emmaline Bags. Her sense of humour is so endearing and really adds to the enjoyment of the class. As I mentioned before, these Craftsy classes really make it seem like you're spending the day sewing with the instructor, so it's important that the instructor is someone you'd want to spend the day sewing with! I found she had a relaxed demeanor that made it easy to learn from. The techniques she showed have already improved my bag making and I'm so grateful for the knowledge she shares with us in the class.
I think this class is suitable for advanced beginners and up. Even very experienced bag makers would benefit from this class, if not just for the patterns it includes. I learned extra finishing touches, how to properly install a turn lock, how to add metal trims, how to get perfectly folded card slots, and so much more. I imagine I'll be referring back to this class many times when I want refreshers for certain skills or techniques. When I made my second clutch, I enjoyed being able to skip to the parts I needed to refresh my memory on those steps.
Enjoy 50% off with this discount link, good through March 4, 2016. Update: that discount is over, but check the link anyway, there are often sales and it may be on sale again!
Full disclosure: I bought this class for my own use and I'm now sharing my review with you. Because I'm a Craftsy affiliate, I was able to obtain a discount to share with my readers. This post contains affiliate links and I earn commission from sales made through these links. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thanks for your support!
If you've taken the class, I'd love to know what you thought. Or is it on your wishlist? Take advantage of the sale price and get making those clutches!
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