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)
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