This easy tutorial (part of this post here) will show you how to make a clutch purse that can be used as an essential clutch, as a keyholder, first aid kit, a phone sleeve, a panty liner pouch, and for a lot of other purposes. The best part – the pattern is available for free to all my newsletter subscribers! You can sign up here – but first, check out the tutorial!
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How To Make A Clutch Purse
First, let me do a quick slideshow for you to serve as an overview of the project:
See, easy! You’ll sew this pretty clutch in no time! Now, off to supplies and the photo how-to:
- two fabric pieces in your favorite prints:
- main fabric 8″x9″ (21 x 23cm), lining 18″x10″ (26 x 46cm)
- fusible fleece: 8″ x 11″ (21cm x 28cm)
- sewing machine or needle, pins or Wonder clips,
- iron, scissors, or rotary cutter plus cutting mat (I use this one by Olfa)
- optional: pinking shears
- one set of KAM snaps
- KAM snap pliers (best get them in a set)
- an awl
Lili Clutch Purse Pattern – Tutorial:
Print the free PDF template to a piece of cardboard or paper. Then use it to cut these pieces of fabric:
- • 1 piece marked as ‘1 SHELL’ from main fabric (here: blue polka dots)
- • 1 piece marked as ‘1 SHELL’ from lining fabric (here: yellow)
- • 1 piece marked as ‘2 POCKET’ from lining fabric
- • 1 piece marked as ‘3’ (TAB) from lining fabric
- 1 piece marked as ‘SHELL Interfacing’
- 1 piece marked as ‘POCKET Interfacing’
2) Important: don’t forget to trace the MARKINGS by cutting tiny slits into the seam allowance, as marked on the pattern. They will help you align the layers (and make your project a breeze!)
3) Next step: attach fusible fleece to the fabric where indicated on the pattern.
4) Just to make it easier to follow along: you have applied fusible fleece to these two pieces above: outer shell fabric (polka dots) and the pocket (yellow).
Make The Pull Tab
5) Next: make the pull (No 3 in pattern file). It will be used as a keyring tab or anchor for a wristlet strap:
1. Place your 4 by 2-inch piece wrong-side-up.
2. Fold in half lengthwise. Press, then open again.
3. Fold the upper edge to the center crease and do the same with the lower edge.
4. Fold again along the original center and press.
5. Then topstitch along the long edges.
6. Finally, fold the finished pull tab in half.
Also, you can opt for an O-ring or a D-ring, like this:
Assemble the Pieces
6) Moving on, assemble and stack these 3 pieces:
1 – Place MAIN SHELL piece right side up (the one with fusible fleece on the back side)
2 – Fold the pocket in half, place on the bottom side of the first piece.
3 – pin the pull to the position as marked on the pattern.
NOTE: the loop of the pull tab needs to be facing inwards.
7) Using a 3/8 seam allowance, stitch several inches on the bottom part. I usually do a 5-inch stitch – or roughly 12 cm. See the red dashed line in the image above? There! This way, you’ve just sealed the bottom of the clutch purse.
8) Place the lining SHELL face-down on top of the stack.
Leave a 3-inch (8cm) opening at the bottom for turning as indicated in the photo above.
Trim the Seam And turn Right side out
10) Trim and notch excess seam allowance, then turn right-side-out.
11) Stitch the opening closed, I usually use a ladder stitch.
12) Flip the pocket to the other side of the pouch, which will reveal the pull tab. (see red arrow) In other words, you know everything is in place when you can see the tab on the outside.
13) Topstitch all the way around. Here’s a popular how-to that can help you with neat seam finishing – especially when you have threads in various colors:
14) Last step: add KAM snaps. If you haven’t done that before, here’s an easy tutorial for you:
or a video slideshow, if you’re more of a YouTube person:
It’s easy and quick! (Warning: you might not want to go back to buttons once you’ve tried out KAM snaps!)
Enjoy! Make tons of these sweet clutch purses, and use them for anything you can think of!
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