Clutch purses are simple to sew, and they go great with evening gowns or dressy outfits. Since clutch purses are usually made from fancy fabric such as silk or satin, you'll need to add interfacing to make the fabric stiffer. However, you can make a clutch purse from any fabric you want, including cotton or denim. Use 1/4-inch seam allowance for all the seams unless otherwise noted.
Items you will need
- 1/4 yard fabric
- Matching thread
- 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
- Straight pins
- Ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Sew-on snap
- Hand-sewing needle
Creating the Clutch Purse
Cut two pieces of fabric, each 10-inches wide by 7-inches tall. These will be the front and back of the purse.
Cut two more 10-by-7-inch pieces of fabric for the lining.
Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing, each 10-by-7 inches. Iron one piece of interfacing to the wrong side of each lining, following the directions on the package.
Place one outside fabric piece and one lining right sides together. Stitch them along the sides and lower edge, leaving the top edge open.
Turn the pieces right side out, then turn the open edges of the outside and lining under 1/2 inch and press them flat. Topstitch along the pressed edges using matching thread.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the other fabric and lining pieces.
Place the front and back of the purse together, with the linings facing out. Stitch along the sides and bottom edge, then turn the purse right side out.
Make the Flap
Cut a piece of fabric 10-inches wide by 7-inches tall. This will be the flap that covers the top of the purse.
Cut a piece of interfacing that's 10-by-7 inches. Iron it to the wrong side of the flap fabric.
Fold the flap fabric in half right sides together. Stitch along the sides, leaving the edge opposite the fold open.
Turn the open edges over 1/2 inch and press them flat. Turn the flap right side out.
Line up the folded edge of the flap with the top edge of the back of the purse. Pin them together, making sure you catch both layers of the flap in the pins.
Sew the flap to the top edge of the purse, making sure you don't sew the purse closed.
Place the bumpy half (stud) of the snap near the top edge of the open flap. Sew it in place like you would a button.
Place the indented half (socket) of the snap on the front of the purse, making sure to line them up with the snaps on the flap when it is closed. Sew them in place like you would buttons, without sewing the purse closed.
You can make a curvier clutch purse by rounding off the lower corners of the fabric and lining pieces.
Use caution when working with scissors, pins, irons, sewing machines and sewing needles.
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