Seminole patchwork originated with the Seminole Indians of Florida, unsurprisingly. The patchwork patterns that they created are really stunning and enable you to produce work that looks really complex but is relatively simple to make – just up my street!
Fabric requirements for the seminole clutch bag
For this seminole patchwork clutch bag you need a 2.1/2″ strip of blue fabric cut across the width of fabric, a 1.1/2″ strip each of black and orange. Seminole patchwork tends to use more variety in the width of the strips, but I am keeping this one simple.
Making the seminole patchwork bag
With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam sew all three strips together along the length. Press the seam allowances all in one direction, then cut the strip into blocks 2.1/2″ wide.
Play with the arrangement of these patchwork pieces. There are several different ways of combining them. Decide which one you want to use.
I decided on this layout but the overall block was too square so I added a 2.1/2″ black strip to each side to make a rectangle.
Lay down a piece of wadding, then the bag lining with right side up, then the seminole patchword with right side down.
Fold the rectangle in half along the longer length and mark a curve in one end using a plate or something round. Cut along the curve. The point of folding the rectangle in half is to make sure that the curve is the same on both corners of the seminole patchwork clutch bag.
Remove the seminole patchword and add the first part of a magnetic fastener to the lining and wadding in the cuved end. Then replace the patchwork layer.
Beginning about a third of the way across the short, flat end of the rectangle, sew all round the outside edge of the bag, stopping a third of the way across the edge that you started from. This leaves a gap through which you can turn the bag right side out.
Finishing the seminole patchwork clutch bag
Pull the bag through the gap and add the other half of the magnetic catch through the gap so that you only catch the patchwork layer and the wadding. Stitch across the whole edge to close the gap.
Fold the rectangle into approximately thirds to make the bag shape and stitch up each side and across the top of the bag to hold the layers in place.
That completes an attractive and unusual seminole patchwork clutch bag.