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- From the fusible interfacing, cut one 7 1/2"x15" rectangle for the body and five 33⁄8"x7½" rectangles for the dividers.
- From the exterior fabric, cut one 7 1/2"x15" rectangle for the body.
- From the lining fabric, cut one 7 1/2"x15" rectangle for the body and two 4½"x9½" rectangles for the sides.
- From the coordinating fabric, cut five 7 1/2" squares for the dividers and 21⁄8"-wide strips on the bias for the binding. Piece together the strips to create one 60"-long strip.
- Place the exterior rectangle right side up on a flat work surface. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise to find the center; unfold. Measure and pin-mark 3" from one short edge along the center foldline.
- Load the chosen design into the machine.
- Hoop one layer of stabilizer and position the exterior rectangle over the stabilizer, centering the pin-mark within the hoop. Use the perimeter basting function to baste the fabric to the stabilizer.
- Embroider the design, clipping jump threads with each color change, if applicable. Once the embroidery is complete, remove the fabric from the hoop. Remove the basting stitches, and then tear away the stabilizer.
- Download and print the Coupon Clutch template; cut out and set aside.
- Mark 2½" from the exterior rectangle short edge opposite the embroidery, along the center foldline. Align the hook tape upper edge with the marked line; pin. Edgestitch the hook tape perimeter (A).
- Fuse the corresponding interfacing rectangle to the lining rectangle wrong side. Measure and mark 1" from one lining short edge. Align the loop tape upper edge with the marked line; pin. Edgestitch the loop tape perimeter (B).
- Position the embroidered rectangle right side up over the interfacing rectangle. Place the template over the stacked rectangles with the curved flap along the embroidered edge; cut around the template through all layers (C).
- Baste the rectangle perimeter using a 4.5mm stitch length and a 1⁄8" seam allowance.
- With the lining side facing up, mark 3⁄4" and 9 3⁄4" from the short straight edge along each long edge.
- Fold each side rectangle long edge 1/2" to the wrong side; topstitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Position each side rectangle wrong side up on a flat surface. Mark 1 3/4" from each short edge. Draw three lines 1 1/2" apart between the two marked lines (D).
- Fold each square in half with right sides together; stitch the long raw edge using a ¼" seam allowance. Turn the pockets right side out; press.
- Insert one interfacing divider into one pocket through one short-edge opening; press to fuse, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat to fuse interfacing to each divider pocket.
- Position one divider short edge along the far-left marked line of one side rectangle. Fold the side rectangle short edge over the divider to encase the raw edge. Stitch 1⁄2" from the fold through all layers (E). Repeat to stitch each divider to the side rectangle along each remaining mark, making sure each divider long-edge seam faces the same direction.
- Stitch each opposite divider short edge to the remaining side rectangle along the marks (F).
- Cut one binding end at a 45° angle; fold the end 1⁄4" toward the wrong side, and then press. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press.
- Place the divider piece on the work surface with the long folded edges as the upper edge. Position the divider lower edge over the exterior lining along the 9 3⁄4" marks. Align each free divider short edge with the exterior raw edge; baste (G).
- Position the binding folded end along one exterior lining long edge, above the divider folds and aligning the raw edges. Begin sewing 2" from the binding fold, using a 1⁄4" seam allowance and stitching toward the flap. Stitch over the basted short edge, moving the divider folds away from the stitching. End the stitching just beyond the opposite short raw edge.
- Align the remaining divider raw edges with the exterior lining, matching the divider upper edges with the 1" marks; pin (H).
- Continue binding the coupon clutch, mitering the corners. End the stitching 2" from the binding beginning. Trim the binding end 1 1⁄2" beyond the beginning fold. Tuck the binding end into the fold; continue stitching.
- Wrap the binding to the exterior right side; slipstitch the binding fold to secure.
Cherry: Husqvarna Viking, #50, Kitchen Harvest, Design 01_04; (800) 446-2333, myembroideries.com
Hilos Iris provided the thread: hilosiris.com.
Husqvarna Viking provided the Inspira Tearaway stabilizer and embroidery needle: (800) 446-2333, husqvarnaviking.com.
Pellon provided the Peltex I One Side Ultra Firm fusible stabilizer: (727) 388-7171, pellonideas.com.