Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags-My Review and Tips

I recently decided, with the encouragement of my Etsy customers, to offer wallets in my shop.  There are SO many excellent patterns out there, but the Necessary Clutch by Emmaline Bags really caught my attention.  Here is why...

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

First of all, it has a twist lock!  I had never put in a twist lock before, so I always love when a pattern helps me grow my repertoire (thankful for spell check on that one-LOL!).  However, you do not have to use a twist lock.  For my very first wallet I used a magnetic snap closure.

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

I'll admit, the snap is a lot less stressful to put in.  However, when I did the snap (see below) I barely had enough room to sew around it.  I must have put my snap in a little too low.

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

This yellow and gray wallet is mine and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!  It's just perfect for me and check out all the card slots.  I like that one side is for my personal cards, and the other side is for my business cards and receipts.  You cannot really tell, but there are slip pockets behind each set of card slots!
Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

Then, there is the zipper pocket, which is great for change.  The wide middle pocket is for a smart phone, which I don't have (boohoo).

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

How much fun is it to have a wallet that matches your purse?!  My customers are loving it.

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner

Necessary Clutch, Gina's Craft Corner   
So, after carrying my wallet around a a few weeks, I decided to edit two things on this wallet. 

1. I added a key ring. 
2. I made the flap a little bit longer.  

Why the key ring?  Well, when I was at the store and I wanted to just grab my wallet and leave my purse behind, I found that I had these bulky keys that would not fit into my wallet.  So, I added a key ring on a loop.  You can see it here..

Why increase the length of the flap?  Well, when I placed a smart phone in the wallet, it would not close.  I don't know that anyone else has had this problem, so it could just be an error on my part.  I think I have only added a 1/2" or so, but now when I put the smartphone in it closes perfectly.  I should mention, that the smart phone I tested out had a case on it, so that would make it harder to fit inside, but don't most people have them in cases?  I really don't know.  

So, all in all I LOVE this wallet and the pattern is, of course, written up so nicely.  Janelle always does an awesome job, so no surprise there.  You can find her pattern store here.  She also has great hardware, so make sure you browse around her site for a while before you leave.   (not being paid by Janelle, just love her store!). 

These are the four wallets I have made so far, and I'm sure there will be many more to come.  I'd love to make some up to sell for Christmas, but right now I am so slow at making this wallet.  I really need to work on my speed to make a good profit for my time.  However, if you purchase a concealed carry wallet from me, you can purchase one.  Check out my Etsy store for more information. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Christmas in July Ideas- Why Your Small Business Should Jump on Board

I'm joining my friends over at Patience Brewster in celebrating Christmas in July!  Patience is an artist and designer of handmade and handcrafted unique gifts and ornaments.  If you are looking for a unique and simply adorable ornament for friends or family members this Christmas, you should definitely check out her online shop HERE.

As I sat down to think about what I could do to celebrate Christmas in July, These are a few ideas I came up with.  Maybe they will motivate you to celebrate with us!


1.  Host a home party

If you don't have a storefront, hosting a Christmas in July celebration at your home would be a fun way to grow some excitement for your business.  You could just invite some friends and family and use them as a sounding board for products you will have available in the fall.  This will help you get an idea of what is hot and maybe what is not so hot.  Of course, you would have food and refreshments, and with the crazy rainy weather we've been having in MO, I might even have some hot cocoa on hand.

2.  Have a sale

I know July is almost over, but there is still time to have a sale.  I might even have something for you if you read 'til the end of this post.  I'm sure we all have that one item or two, or maybe 15-20 (I'm in the 1-2 range b/c I only have about 7 items in my shop right now LOL!) that we would like to move out before fall arrives.  This might be a great time to lower the price and show your customers some appreciation.

3.  Offer Coupons or Discount Codes

Coupons and discount codes are a great way to at least get some traffic flow to your store now, and will encourage future business during the holiday season.  For example, if you have the home party I mentioned earlier, give out coupons for the person who brought the most friends or hand it out as a door prize.  If you have a sale, then give them a code or a coupon they can only use from Thanksgiving until Christmas.

4.  Host a 12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway(s)

This one will take some planning, so you might bookmark this idea for next year.  This idea involves getting 11 other small businesses to host the 12 Day long giveaway with you.  Each business will have a day of hosting the party and giving away a prize from their shop.  The party then continues on until 12 items have been given away from 12 different shop owners.

Need some tips on how to host a successful giveaway?  Check out these post from I Can Buil A Blog and IFB Independent Fashion Blogger

So, which idea am I going to use for my Christmas in July celebration?  (drum roll please....)

I'm having a......

Well, sales are hard to do on Etsy, so I'm using a promo code.  All my 'READY TO SHIP' items are $10.00 off unitl July 30!  Stop by GCCginascraftcorner on Etsy to pick up one of these cute handbags today at my CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE!  


Thanks for stopping by!!  


Monday, July 6, 2015

GCC Concealed Carry Purses - My Summer Line

GCC Concealed Carry Summer Handbag Line @

I spent 2 weeks sewing these purses for my GCC Concealed Carry Summer Line on Etsy.  The more I sew this purse, the more I love it!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Add Rivets to Your Handmade Handbags

When I discovered rivets, I instantly fell in love.  Sewing handles for my handbags has never been very enjoyable for me, so the addition of rivets has made the experience a little less stressful.  I always feel like those little rectangles and x's that I make on my bags are so messy.  Rivets eliminates the need for all that stitching over thick material.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Save 70% at Craftsy's 'Summer Steals' even!

Yes, you read that right.  70% off!!  I'll be clicking in to see what deals I can find at Craftsy's SUMMER STEALS event.  I'll probably start with the fabric...duh!!  I don't want the best fabric disappearing before I have a chance to buy it up.  Ok, I won't buy it up, but I might have to purchase a couple of yards.


It's not just fabric on sale!  Check out the list....CAKE/BAKING, PAPER CRAFTS, ART, YARN, FABRIC, AND ALL CLASSES!!  Yay!!


Just click on any of the links below starting on Friday, 6/19 (THAT'S NOW!)  through Sunday, 6/21 at 11:59PM MT

So hurry and...


Paper Crafts: 
All Classes:

Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to hear what great deals you find, so come back and tell me!  :)


Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Fun Red Purse by GCC

Red used to be a common staple in my wardrobe, as I was a Nodaway-Holt Trojan and our colors in school were Red and White.  As I was looking through my closet the other day, I realized that my colors have turned a little drab.  I have a lot of gray, browns, and blues.  I like the warm colors, and I guess it fits my personality.  My husband laughs at this fact, since I'm always nagging him about always buying the same colors...brown, blues and greens.  Hmmm...  He finally purchased a red shirt and even an aqua this summer, and I about fell over!  So, my goal is to spruce of my wardrobe a little this summer AND my GCC Concealed Carry Line as well.

A Fun Red Concealed Carry Purse by GCC,

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Great 4th of July Tote!

A dear friend of mine gave me this beautiful red, white and blue material during the winter months. She told me to hold on to it until she found the perfect purse for her material.  When she saw the TOTES MA TOTE designed by Emmaline, she knew that was it.  It looks like summer, right? What is really great, is that this material is an indoor/outdoor fabric. Perfect to take the abuse of summer sun and sand. Let's take a look!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Quick Tip Saturday #6 - How to Ship Your Etsy Orders from Home

If you run an Etsy Shop, or any other home business where you have to ship your product from your home, you might want to consider the tip I have for you today.  It will save you time, and money!
How to ship your Etsy orders from home by Ginas Craft Corner @