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Little Bag Clutch Tutorial & Pattern

This darling little bag tucks perfectly into your palm. Its tiny size is great if you’re looking to carry only a few items such as your cell phone and wallet, and as a result, it is ideal for use as a makeup bag or glasses carrier.

Pattern shows a fresh new way to create the bag corners that give the clutch its volume, and the oversized button decoration complements the cute character of the bag. The bonus of this bag’s decoration is that you get the cuteness of the button without the hassle of actually having to use it when opening or closing the clutch. Everybody needs a cute little clutch or two. Why not start on one now?  



44” wide heavyweight home decorator OR quilting weight cotton
(1/8) Yard for exterior fabric
(1/8) Yard for lining


(1/8) Yard of 44” wide medium weight fusible interfacing


Ruler, Scissors, Chalk pencil, Pencil, Sewing machine, Pins, Needle, Shape tool

*    Seam allowance 1/4” unless otherwise specified.
*    All units are in inches.


(1) 18mm Magnetic Snap
(1) Spool of coordinating thread
(1) 2” Button (Optional)

 Download the pattern here >>

Cut out the Fabric
Draw the patterns directly onto the wrong side of a single layer of fabric. Cut out the exterior, lining, and interfacing, and fuse the interfacing on the wrong side of the exterior front and back pieces following the manufacturer’s guide. 

(2) Front and Back Pieces 
(1) Flap

(2) Lining Front and Back Pieces
(1) Lining Flap Piece 

(2) Front and Back Pieces 
(1) Flap Piece 

Apply the magnetic snap
Attach the magnetic snap onto the right side of the lining flap and exterior front piece following the manufacturer’s guide. Center the snap onto the interfacing and use a pencil to draw a line where the fabric will be cut. Cut the line. Insert the prongs of one of the magnetic snaps into the right side of the exterior front. Secure the thin prongs on the wrong side of the exterior front. Punch the hole only onto the lining flap piece. Assemble the flap, and then attach the other magnetic snap in the same manner.

Sew the Exterior
Place the exterior front and back pieces with right sides together. Pin and sew the exterior, backstitching on both ends, sew the 3 sides as shown in Picture. 


Make the Corners
Draw a 1” x 1” square on each bottom corner of the exterior fabric’s wrong side, see Picture 2. Flip the fabric onto its side and pinch each bottom corner so that the corner seam forms a triangle and the 1” mark forms a straight line, see Picture 3. Pin and sew following the line, see Picture 4.





Trim the corner seams, see Picture 5. Sew the lining in the same manner, leaving a 4” gap for turning, see Picture 6.



Construct the Flap

Place the flap lining and exterior with right sides together. Pin and stitch together, backstitching on both ends, see Picture 7. Clip the curved seams, see Picture 8. Turn the flap right side out, press and topstitch,  see Picture 9. Position the flap on the exterior back piece, right sides together. Pin and baste the flap and the bag, backstitching on both ends, see Picture 10.





Assemble the Exterior and Lining
Turn the exterior right side out and tuck it into the lining with right sides together, see Picture 11. The flap should be sandwiched between the exterior and lining. Pin and sew around the top opening, backstitching on the start and end points, see Picture 12. Turn the bag right side out through the opening.



Stitch the opening closed, see Picture 13. Tuck the lining into the exterior. Press the top opening of the clutch and topstitch across the top, see Picture 14. For decoration, sew a button onto the center edge of the flap.


Little Bag Clutch Tutorial & Pattern

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