Tech Accessory – Clutch Notebook from HP

HP and designer Vivienne Tam announced yesterday their collaboration on a special edition notebook intended to be the ultimate technology fashion statement. 

The digital clutch was unveiled at Tam’s show during New York’s Fashion Week, and features a pink and purple peony design on a red background on the exterior, and HP’s notebook technology on the inside.

The digital clutch notebook includes a matching embroidered sleeve, and is expected to be available in North America in early 2009.

5 Easy Handbag Tutorials on the Internet

Bag Tutorials

I frequently come across great handbag tutorials during my late nights on the internet, so I thought I’d share five of them with you tonight.  I haven’t made any of these yet, but they’re absolutely on my list:

Un-Paper Bag from the purl bee – A fun variation of a shopping bag, with synthetic leather handles (which you can purchase from purl bee).

Little Library Tote from i have to say – A quick and easy flat tote made from a single large dishtowel.  Very cute!

Jeans Bag from Designs by JuJu – Roomy handbag  with optional machine embroidery, made from your discarded jeans.

Hobo Bag from J Caroline Creative – A stylish version of the popular hobo bag, with an interior pocket and magnetic snap.

‘Rather Cheeky’ Wristlet Clutch Purse from U-handblog – A sexier take on the classic wristlet, with a pretty bracelet handle.

So go make some bags, and let us know where we can see photos of your creations!

Heirloom Clutch Bag

Heirloom Clutch Bag

Detail of heirloom bag

I used to do some heirloom sewing, although I rarely reached the point where I actually constructed something out of all those bits of pintucks, ruffling, and lace.  A few years ago I made a bag similar to the one pictured above, and I lost it, so I thought I’d practice some heirloom techniques and make another bag. For this clutch, I’ve used a 7″ tubular frame from Ghee’s, as well as her Mini Eloquence #961 pattern.  You can get them both from the Ghee’s website, and you can probably also find them at Joggles

I am certainly not qualified to provide you with a tutorial for heirloom sewing techniques, so I’ll try to find something online for you in the next few days.  I learned all my techniques in a class I took several years ago with Mary Lou Nall, who is a wonderful teacher and a delightful person! Unfortunately, she doesn’t appear to have a website any longer.

This weekend I’ll be working on a bleach-discharged velvet handbag, and hope to have photos of that up for you soon.