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    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by!

Simple DIY Foldover Clutch

 I’ve been wanting to make a clutch for awhile now. I don’t have anything nuetral and small that I can just throw my phone and some cashola into when I don’t want to drag around my big purse. I’d seen some cute foldover cluthes on Etsy and decided to try to recreate one…even though I’ve never even sewn a zipper before! I think my blog should probably be dubbed “crafting for dummies” or “hey, look what I tried for the first time!”.  The good news is that this is another easy project. If I can do it, you can do it!  The materials are pretty basic as well –

1/2 yard of fabric (for the outside)

1/2 yard of fabric (for the lining)


matching thread

Boom. That’s all you need. I chose to use faux grey leather for the outside and a cute Waverly print for the inside. I got both of these fabrics from Joann’s.

I cut 2 x 10 inch squares from both fabrics. The size can totally vary based on how big/small you want your clutch to be.

Then I actually followed this great tutorial from Skip to my Lou to sew the zipper. You place your lining fabric and your outer fabric with the right sides in and then “sandwich” your zipper in between them. You will sew along the top side of the zipper. Then flip it and repeat the same process for the other side! So easy! Once your zipper is secured you are going to 1) Unzip your zipper about half way (VERY IMPORTANT) and 2) put the right sides of the outer fabric pieces together and put the right sides of the lining fabric pieces together. And now you are just going to sew one big dang square around ALL of the pieces leaving a small hole at the bottom of your lining fabric, like below –

Make sure to cut your corners and trim off any excess fabric around the seams. Then you are just going to use that hole opening to turn everything right side out and either hand stich or machine stitch the lining closed. I machine stitched, let’s be real.

Once you stitch the lining, push it into your clutch! A little pop of color when you unzip your clutch!

Final Step: Foldover and wear. :)

And then go outside before work one morning and have your husband take photos of you holding the clutch. Oh wait, that’s just my weird life.

PS – You didn’t even spy the baby bump hiding under that skirt did you? Ok, there’s a little poof :)

Linked: The 36th Avenue, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello

June 22, 2012 - 8:42 am

lauren O - I didn’t think that was you in the picture b/c of the red nails. :)
very cute clutch.

June 22, 2012 - 9:08 am

Charlotte - LOVE LOVE LOVE this clutch! Will be doing this soon! Thanks for sharing :)

June 22, 2012 - 10:33 am

Sandra - Ok, so I know I was supposed to be looking at your clutch which is adorbs, but where did you get that awesome skirt?

June 22, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Sada - Haha, thanks Sandra! The skirt is actually from Lands’ End Canvas, but I’ve had it for awhile so I don’t think they sell it anymore. Sorry!

June 22, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Sada - LJ – I know, I am a horrible model, aka why my face isn’t in any of these photos…

June 22, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Maira - Cute clutch!! What size is the zipper you got for it?


June 22, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Sada - Maira – It’s a 9 inch zipper, I believe!

June 22, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Marquesa Washington - I was so trying to see the baby bump :) Cute purse! I wish I had my sewing machine from back home. I’ll have to try this one day.

June 22, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Sada - Haha, thanks Marquesa! So good to hear from you!

June 22, 2012 - 10:09 pm

taylor-Ann - Totally cute. I love fold over clutches. I would love if you linked them up to Show Off Monday @ on Monday.


June 24, 2012 - 10:55 am

Dee - Love this clutch!I would love for you to do a tutorial in July for the CSI project. You can see the challenges on the blog and email me to sign up. I would love to have you on the blog.

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