I made another clutch!
I’m kind of obsessed with them at the moment.
My mom asked for a clutch for her trip to Jamaica in November, and since I won that $20 gift card from Southern Fabric I figured the yellow fabric I used for my car pillow tutorial would make a great clutch! I was a bit disappointed when the fabric came in the mail and saw how big the pattern was. However, I was still going to try to make it work.
What I Used:
- 1/2 yard outside fabric
- 1 fat quarter (this will be used for the inside)
- 1/2 yard of interfacing (I used Pellon #808)
- Invisible zipper
- Bias tape that matches the color of the lining fabric
- Matching or coordinating thread
Let’s Get Started!
Start by cutting your fabric-
- Two pieces of 11 x 6 outside fabric
- Two pieces of 10 x 6 lining
- Two pieces of 10 x 6 interfacing
- One piece 14 x 3 outside fabric for the clutch strap
The reason to cut the outside fabric an inch bigger than the interfacing is because you need the extra fabric for the pleats.
Mark the center of the outside fabric with a fabric pen (the center for me was 5.5 inches) and fold the fabric on each side towards the middle to make the pleats. Iron the top of the pleat to keep it in place, then sew a small, straight line right across the top.
After you’ve sewn the pleat in place, attach your interfacing! Then, attach your bias tape to the lining fabric.
All Seams are 1/2 inch unless stated otherwise!
Take your fabric for the strap and fold it in half. Press the seam with your iron.
Open up your folded fabric, then fold each side towards the middle seam you just pressed. Then sew the sides of the straps together.
They helped me a lot!
After sewing everything onto the zipper came the easy part. First, sew the lining together, leaving a 6 inch opening at the bottom. Don’t forget to back-stitch!
Next, sew the outside fabric up. Then pull the outside fabric through the six-inch opening in your lining.
You’re almost done! Pull your outside fabric through the six-inch hold in your lining fabric. Then, stitch your lining fabric up!
Press your seams down with your iron.
And…you’ve completed your pleated clutch!
Of course, upon further inspection of my clutch I noticed that my zipper doesn’t work. I have no idea what the deal is since I’ve never had this problem before, but I have a feeling it’s because I used an invisible zipper this time.
Any suggestions on what might have happened? Remember, I’m a beginner so therefore my knowledge of all things sewing is kind of limited!