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Mini Bag Clutch Tutorial

Mini clutch bag / Clutch Wallet Making Tutorial / purse

 These mini clutches  were a big hit at my daughter's birthday party, and my daughters have found lots of uses for theirs.  So I thought I'd do up a little tutorial in case anyone else wants to make some.

First, cut out your pieces:
From the outer fabric, lining, and batting - cut one main piece 8.5" x 10"
From the outer fabric, lining, and batting - cut one flap piece 8" x 3.5"

Prepare your flap piece:
First, find something round and use it to cut the bottom edges of the flap pieces in a curve.

If you'd like to use an elastic loop and button closure, center the elastic on the outer flap fabric and place between the outer fabric and lining, right sides together. Layer the batting on top.
Sew all three layers together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Clip curves, turn right-side out and press.  Topstitch close to the edge.  Put aside for now.

Prepare your main pieces:
Layer the outer fabric on a piece of batting and fold in half, with outer fabric right-sides together.  Stitch on side edges with a 1/4" seam.
Fold lining piece in half and sew side edges with a 1/4" seam, but this time leave a 2" opening on one of the side edges (to turn the clutch right-side out through later).

Push out one of the corners and mark a 2" line across and sew on line.  Clip corner.  Repeat for both corners of outer and lining pieces.

Attach flap to outer piece:
Find the center of the flap and the main outer piece and pin together.  Sew a scant 1/4" from edge.

Assemble bag:
Place the outer main piece inside of lining, right-sides together.  Stitch top edge with a 3/8" seam.

Finish bag:
Turn right-side out through opening in lining.  Stitch opening closed by machine.  Put lining into main bag, push out corners, and press top-edge.  Topstitch close to top edge.

Now just put on a pretty button and you're done!  You can also use a button-hole and button closure, a snap, or even velcro.

This one is for myself, perfect for a couple things I want to keep together so they're easier to transfer between purses. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. Now I got it ! I will try to make one too. What is the thick material you used ?