Today I have an awesome DIY treat for you. A clutch! This is a great accessory for fall and a really fun afternoon project. You don’t need to be a sewing expert to make a fantastic clutch. I love stash busting projects like this. This project doesn’t take a ton of fabric; which means this is a great way to use up scraps that you have kicking around. I used this great tutorial as a guide. Let’s jump into it!
First, collect your materials:
– Fabric for shell
– Fabric for lining
– Bias binding
– Underlining like cotton muslin, or fusible interfacing, if your fabric is not stiff enough
1. Choose your fabric and zipper. I went with our Perfecto Leather Style 33836, and Soho Suede Style 26690. You’ll want to cut three rectangles. We’re going to be sewing these rectangles together along the long edges, which will create one larger rectangle. You can choose the size you want!
2. If your fabric is lighter weight, or not stiff enough, you can underline it with cotton muslin, or you can add a layer of fusible interfacing.
3. Sew your rectangles together using a 5/8” (1.5cm) seam allowance.Topstitch along the edge of the leather, pushing the seam allowance in so that you are topstitching the seam allowance in place too.
5. Cut a piece of lining in the same size as the rectangle. I used our solid Cotton Voile, which is perfect for a lining like this!
6. Now let’s prepare the zipper. We want to hand sew some binding to each side so the edges are nice and finished. More on hand sewing binding in steps 12-13. You can cut down your zipper teeth if needed. The finished zipper should be about 5/8” (1.5cm) shorter on each end than the edge of the rectangle.
7. Sandwich the zipper between the two layers of fabric. Start by laying your leather rectangle on a table, right side up. Lay the zipper on top of that, with the “good side” facing down. Center it along the short edge of the rectangle. Now lay the lining on top of that, if there is a right side to your lining, it should be face down. Pin along this top edge to keep the three layers together.
8. Sew these layers together. Sew at 5/8” (1.5cm) seam allowance using a zipper foot so that you can get close enough to your zipper teeth. When you open things up, it will look like this!
9. Now we need to sandwich the other side. Fold up your leather piece onto itself so that the right sides are facing eachother. Same goes for the lining. Sew along this edge the same way as above.
10. Now you can turn the lining over top. Your clutch is starting to really take shape now!
11. Sew along the raw edges to the right and left of your zip, at 5/8” (1.5cm) seam allowance.
12. Now it’s time to finish our final seams with some bias binding! Trim your seam allowances down to 1/4”. I made my own 1/2” double fold bias binding out of the cotton voile lining, but you could buy some ready made as well. Open up your binding and hand sew it to the edge as shown.
13. Wrap it around to the other side so that it’s hiding the raw edge, and slip stitch in place.
14. Repeat with the side.
And voila! You have a gorgeous clutch.
You could make this in any size. An oversized clutch, a makeup bag, an extra small change purse… you name it! This method can work for so many different sizes and uses. Hope this inspires you to get creative and make yourself an accessory for fall!