SEW AN EASY HANDMADE CLUTCH

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About: Hi; I'm Andrea. I am passionate about DIY projects and I focus on creating lovely for less. My days are filled with bringing the ideas in my head - to life. Aside from that, I'm a grandma who just stepped i...

WHIP UP THIS DIY CLUTCH IN A FLASH

Need a pretty clutch to complete your outfit in little time? Skip the trip to the store. If you have pretty scrap fabric lying around and you want to sew a clutch, you’re in the right place. Here’s the time-saving method I use when I need a quick hidden zipper clutch. It uses a fabric remnant that's 18" x 11" and you won’t need a paper pattern.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

Sewing machine

Remnant of decorator fabric or other medium weight fabric 18" x 11"

Matching or (contrasting) lining of equivalent size

Medium weight, interfacing; necessary if using lightweight fabrics or making larger purses

Matching or contrasting zipper 11" long

Thread

Pins: those with bead heads are easier to see and handle

Needle and thimble for hand sewing; thimbles are useful to push needles through layers of heavier weight fabrics Dressmaker’s chalk pencil, ruler, tape, scissors or rotary cutter

Seam ripper: handy when you make mistakes.

Iron, ironing board or padded work surface

GLOSSARY

Outer bag panel: The exterior fabric of the clutch.

Baste: A temporary stitch by machine or hand.

Backstitch: Stitch forward and backward more than once at the beginning and ends of seams. It prevents seams from unraveling.

Notch: Cut out or remove fabric bulk in seam allowance so seams lay flat.

Supplies:

Step 1: ​PREPARATION CUTTING AND INTERFACING

Measure cut and interface fabric: Fuse or stitch interfacing to outer bag panel according to package instructions. The length of your zipper determines the width of your fabric (See image above)

Measure and cut fabric the same width as the length of your zipper tape. My zipper was 11” from end to end. As a result, I cut my fabric 11” wide.

If you’re making a larger purse, interfacing your lining is recommended. It’s okay to use a lighter weight interfacing on your lining; it provides added structure. Pre-wash all washable fabrics and press on wrong sides before cutting or interfacing.

Step 2: PRESS AND FOLD SHORT ENDS

At short end of interfaced fabric, make a 1 ¾ inch fold toward interfaced wrong side and press; repeat on opposite end.

Step 3: MEASURE AND CUT LINING

Cut lining 2 inches longer than the space created between folded edges of outer bag panel.

Note If you're sewing a small clutch purse as the one in this project and using decorator weight and other medium weight fabrics, you can omit the interfacing. This depends on fabric stiffness and how firm you want your clutch to be.

Step 4: POSITION AND STITCH ZIPPER BETWEEN FABRICS

(A) Place and align zipper tape to edge of folded outer bag panel with right sides together ; pin, hand-sew or machine baste.

(B) Place lining right side facing wrong side of zipper; stitch in place; open zipper and repeat on other side.

Above right: Zipper stitched on both sides between exterior fabric and lining.

Step 5: TRIM AND NOTCH

To eliminate bulk in the finished product, trim seams and make notches at folds and corners before final construction and turning over.

Step 6: STITCH OUTER PANEL AND LINING SEAMS

With zipper open, line up notches and stitch ½ inch seam along one side; from outer bag panel to lining; stitch the other side, leaving a 5 - 6 inch opening.

Tip Heavier, firmer fabrics need wider openings to minimize wrinkling when turning over.

Step 7: HAND-TACK INSIDE SEAMS

(A) Working on the wrong side seams: At seam allowances, where the lining is stitched to the edge of pressed folds, turn folds downward and hand-sew to corresponding seams.

(B)Hand-sew opened top seam to opened side seams; use a loose tack that allows fabric to move.

Step 8: SEW LINING SHUT TURN OVER AND PRESS

(A) Sew lining shut: Sew opening in lining shut; you may do this by hand or with a sewing machine.

(B)Turn over and press: Push lining toward inside, turn bag right side out and press with a cloth if needed.

Happy sewing! I hope you got some tips to help you create your best DIY clutch purse in quicker time.

As always, thank you so much for dropping by and reading. Learn more at allmywaysandrea.com

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    Italiankiwiblog

    9 days ago

    This is a fantastic clutch-bag! What a wonderful idea to make a unique bag!

    1 reply

    Thanks Penolopy; you're always so kind! It's a remnant from a piece of cotton I picked up in the drapery section. Being 100% cotton and pre-treated for stains, makes it perfect!