The other day I need a small clutch to just put my iPhone, a small coin purse with a credit card, a lipstick and my keys. You know the “necessaries”! I could not find a thing in my wardrobe that would suit. Which got me to thinking, how can I make a small clutch purse?
I had some material left over from making my larger bag so thought I would use it to make a smaller clutch purse to go with it. I also had some lovely satin fabric so I made another with pin tuck for a great little evening clutch.
MATERIALS FOR CLUTCH PURSE
- 9” (~23cm) of 45” (115cm) wide fabric without a nap of one-way design.
- 9” x 12” piece of heavy weight woven or non woven fusible or sew-in interfacing.
- 9” (~23cm) of 45” (115cm) wide lining. NOTE: I used the same fabric inside and out. If you are doing the same you only need 9” of the fabric in total.
- One large snap
- Coordinating thread
- Fabric marking pencil or pen
- Two sheets of A4 or letter sized paper
CUTTING DIRECTIONS FOR CLUTCH PURSE
You don’t need a pattern for this cute little clutch purse. You can just mark out the dimensions on the wrong side of your fabric. I however like to draw a pattern out. I used an A4 sheet of paper (or you can use a letter sized sheet) and marked out the dimensions for the triangle flap as shown at the top of the sheet. The rest of the paper forms the body of your purse.
Place you fabric right side down, single thickness. Using your sheet of paper (or if you are brave using a ruler and your fabric marker) place the sheets of paper as shown. If you are not using the sheet of paper as a guide/pattern you need to make sure that your cutting lines are parallel and straight. The corners also need to be square (or 90 degrees).
TIP: draw out and 11″ by 8″ rectangle first then mark the triangle flap within the rectangle.
If your fabric is a heavy weight or bulky fabric, you may be best to have a light weight fabric for the lining.
Also cut out a piece of interfacing the same size and shape as your lining.
SEWING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLUTCH PURSE
Iron or baste the interfacing to the wrong side of the clutch purse.
At the end of the fabric away from the triangle, fold under the raw edge approx 1″ and press
Measure 4″ from the fold and mark a second fold line on each of the long sides of the purse. Fold the clutch purse right sides together using the second fold line marks and lightly press.
Do exactly the same for the lining.
Place the clutch section interface side down onto a flat surface. Place the lining on top (with the folded section facing down). Pin together.
Check that your folded sections match up and that one is not higher that the other. (if the are different, you will have to adjust the second folds. It is ok if the clutch fold is marginally higher than the lining)
Stitch or over lock(serge) the two pieces together (but not the folded sections) using a 1/2″ seam. Trim and grade the seam if required
Insert your hand between the two folded sections, grasp the outer fabric and turn the purse the right side out.
Slip stitch the two folded sections together along the inside opening. Press, making sure that the lining is not visible from the outside.
If you like the look you can top stitch the flap down to the fold and also along the folded section.
Fold the flap down and make a little mark with your fabric marking pen where the best place for your snap fastener would be. Carefully stitch the snap fastener onto the flap and the body of the purse.
You’re ready to go!