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How to sew a simple clutch or purse

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Here is a basic tutorial on how to make a simple purse, clutch or bag, with few materials and a zipper.
This isn't extremely fancy, you could do this to teach young girls how to make their own purses, or zipper bags.

 
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Step 1: Materials

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I used recycled materials from old scraps (the black sides) and an old torn shopping bag (the white insides, tougher) and a zipper.

Mine has the following measurements :
 4 rectangles of 20cm x 15 cm  (7.8 inches x 6 inches) and a 6 inch zipper.
2 white, for the inside  and 2 black for the outside.

You can do this whatever size you want, if you want it smaller, do so, and it would also fit a phone, it could be a simple wallet, or a tablet case. Whatever you chose to cover or put in it.

Step 2: Adding the zipper to the fabric

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I started by adding the zipper to the "top" of my clutch / bag.  IT's easier to start with this step because it will look cleaner and it's harder to add it (not to show) at the end.

This is where we're making a sandwich of fabrics and zipper. 
I call "right side" the one where there would be a pattern on your fabric, and "wrong side" the one on the back.
So:
Black right side up + zipper right side down + white right side down. 
Do the same for the other side of the zipper.

When you turn these 4 sides, you will have 2 black sides on the right side of the zipper, this will be your outside purse, and 2 white sides down, the inside of the purse.

I'm hoping the pictures will be self explanatory.
Marina L.7 months ago
Finally!
A tutorial even I can handle! (You can tell which buttons I've sown by the bloodstains around them...) T_T
Also, a great idea to use some scraps I've got lying around.
Thank you so much!
janecandy (author)  Marina L.7 months ago
you are most welcomed ^.^ and maybe you can post pics of what came out when u decide to use this :D i'd love to see it and cheer you on :)
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