Friday, January 9, 2015

Super Easy Fold Over Clutch

Happy New Year!  My intention was to get this post out at the beginning of the week but here it is Friday and I am just getting to it.  We returned from visiting our son and daughter in law on Sunday after spending New Years with them in North Carolina.  While there, my creative daughter in law and I dove into several sewing projects.  The first project was a bed skirt for a crib in the nursery.  The crib has a storage drawer at the bottom which is convenient.  The problem lies in the fact that when the mattress is in the highest position, all of the stuff stored in the drawer is visible.  We made a tailored skirt to be used until the mattress is lowered.  We made one of these previously but had to add a crib to the nursery because we found out that twins are on the way!  (Yahoo!)  We used a nice navy and white stripe from IKEA with muslin for the decking.  I have to say that I was very impressed with this fabric. The stripes were perfectly even so cutting was a breeze.  Here's how it turned out....

For a few more photos of this adorable nursery go to eat.sleep.decorate.

After we finished that project, it was on to this clever fold over clutch with faux leather.

 Here are the supplies for this 2 hour project:
6" faux leather (we bought one that was not too stiff)-  this was enough for two bags!
1/2 yard of cotton lining for each bag.
3/4 yard of focus fabric- we used decorator weight- this was also enough for two bags.
1 yard of fusible midweight interfacing
1 14" (or longer) zipper for each bag.

Here's what we cut for each bag:
2 pieces of the focus fabric 12 1/2" x 8 1/4".  (If you are using a directional fabric the 8 1/4" will be the top to bottom.
2 pieces of lining fabric 12 1/2" x 12".  (the 12" will be top to bottom)
2 pieces of leather 12 1/2"x 4 1/2".

Match the 12 1/2" edges of the outer fabric and the leather with right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam.  Repeat with the other piece of outer fabric and leather.

Finger press the seam toward the fabric and top stitch along the fabric edge.  
Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the lining pieces.

Next we will make a zipper "sandwich."
Place your lining right side up.  Place the zipper along the 12 1/2" edge, right side up and extending past each edge.  Place the outer fabric right side down on top of the zipper and pin well.
The lining for this bag is the green with dots.
Using a zipper foot, stitch slowly, making sure that all of the layers stay even.
Fold the outer fabric and the lining back with wrong sides together and press.  Edge stitch through all of the layers.

Repeat with the other side making sure to line up the edges at the zipper.

Open the zipper half way.  If you don't open the zipper, your bag will be forever inside out.  Ask me how I know this....  Pin the lining fabrics right sides together.  Pin the outer fabrics right sides together being sure to match the leather edges.

Stitch a 1/4" seam all the way around the outer fabric, starting and stopping as close to the zipper as possible without sewing over the teeth.  Do the same with the lining section but leave a 5" opening at the bottom for  turning.  Clip the corners, turn and slip stitch the opening closed.  Tuck the lining inside, poke out the corners and you are done!
Finished size is approximately 12"x 12" when opened flat.
Clutches are so in right now....I'm thinking that I will be making a boatload of these!



Karen Kudla  January 9, 2015 at 1:29 PM  

This clutch is adorable! I think I even have some faux leather in my stash. I love your projects, Barb! Going to make my own clutch soon.

lucinda smith  January 12, 2015 at 8:57 AM  

hi, i come by way of eat.sleep.decorate. love the clutches, you ladies did a beautiful job!

Barbara Huber  January 13, 2015 at 5:36 AM  

Thanks for the kind words, girls! Enjoy!

learning2sew  April 17, 2015 at 5:24 PM  

Oh my God I love this clutch! I will try to make two for Mother's Day gifts. Thank you for taking the time to write this tutorial.

Barbara Huber  April 18, 2015 at 5:36 PM  

Thanks for the kind words! If you send photos of you clutches, I would love to post them and link back to your blog. Enjoy!

the wanghouse  October 20, 2015 at 8:34 PM  

i am new to this sewing world but i tried this tuorial...changed the dimensions slightly and i am so proud of my new clutch - THANK YOU for this tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!

Aish Siva  December 15, 2016 at 2:11 AM  

I'm going to make this tomorrow. I have had the materials since Thanksgiving. I'm so nervous haha, it's a Christmas gift to 3 people! Super excited though, your clutches look awesome!

Elfinbride  July 5, 2017 at 5:30 PM  

Thanks I like this clutch I made my own and I love it alot. Thanks for the tutorial.

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