Picture of Sew a Simple Foldover Clutch
This wristlet clutch is so easy you can sew it by hand in an afternoon - and with a sewing machine, it should take less than an hour.

It's a great beginner's sewing project and a fantastic way to use up scrap fabric! And it's the perfect size for all the necessities - chapstick, cellphone, bank cards, cash... it can all fit in there!

I've also got some of these listed in my etsy store if you'd like to go that route: making jiggy by jessyratfink
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Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of What you'll need:
  • 2 - 6.5 x 8.5 in pieces of cotton fabric for lining
  • 2 - 6.5 x 8.5 in pieces of cotton fabric for outside
  • 1 - 2 x 14-16 in piece for strap
  • 1 button (I like the ones you can cover yourself!)
  • 1 small piece of ric rac, tshirt fabric, or elastic for closure, less than 5 inches long.
  • pins
  • scissors
  • needle and thread OR sewing machine
It works best if the fabric going on the outside of your clutch is a thicker cotton - home decor fabric works great here. The lining can be any cotton you want.

The length of your strap depends on how big you'd like it - I like mine to be longer so that I can wear the clutch higher up on my arm, in the crook of my elbow, with lots of extra room.

Step 2: Cutting!

Picture of Cutting!

Cut two 6.5 x 8.5 inch rectangles of each of your fabrics, and then one 2 x 14-16 inch strip of your exterior fabric to be made into your strap.

Step 3: Sew the strap!

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Fold the strap in half lengthwise, then finger press. Open back up, and fold the long edges into the center crease, finger pressing both sides. Now fold the strap in half!

Now you have all the ragged edges nicely enclosed. Pin the strap together every couple inches to make sewing easier.

Sew the two folded over edges together using a tight, short running stitch, knotting well at each end.
ShrutiD7 months ago

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hoaikimtuananh made it!9 months ago

Thanks for sharing. I made it this afternoon!

Nguyendtu02 made it!2 years ago
really enjoyed the process. what a appropriate and great project for beginner sewer. Thanks so much!!!
Jessie Marie made it!2 years ago
Here is mine! I used a new Paris patterned fabric that I got recently-Great instructable! :) And thanks so much!!
themadjeweler made it!3 years ago
I just made two yesterday and they turned out super cute! Here's a pic of one.
carsong made it!3 years ago
made one yesterday- so easy and SO cute.
I love your instructable! I think there might be a slight mistake. Where you put the 2 sewn cotton pieces- the fabric and lining- should be put together with right sides facing each other. BTW this is a great instructable, I am hoping to make one of these.!
jessyratfink (author)  amatureartist563 years ago
Oh, you are right! At least I photographed it the right way. ;)

I'll change it right now! Thank you. :D
sunshiine3 years ago
Very cute! Thanks for sharing!
eebudee3 years ago
cute fabric, and nice photography!
SHIFT!3 years ago
Very good project, I love how straightforward it is! Makes me think I could almost make one myself, if I had any sort of sewing skills.
jessyratfink (author)  SHIFT!3 years ago
I can teach you, you know. :D
That would be awesome then ;)
Exactly what raviolikid said! :0)
jessyratfink (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
Ha, thank you!
raviolikid3 years ago
Good, clear directions! And, I like the fact that you showed hand sewing! Sometimes, low-tech is just the way to go!
jessyratfink (author)  raviolikid3 years ago
Thank you! And I agree. It's therapeutic. :D