Clutch Purse | DIY Sewing
I was preparing to go out to a concert last week and, searching for a purse, I realized they were all too bulky to hold for 2 hours, or too small to contain my phone, keys, lipstick, etc. With a couple of hours before I had to pick the kids up from school, I decided to whip up a cool clutch. Easy to make but good looking, this clutch can be made in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns. It all depends on the size of zipper you have and your own personal style.
Submitted by: Jodi
Total Time Required: 1/2 hour – hour, depending on your sewing speed.
Project Costs: about $5 unless, like me, you already have everything in your huge cache of sewing materials and accessories.
Materials and Tools Required:
– sewing machine
– Bedazzler and studs (optional)
Because I was wearing burgundy pants, naturally I wanted a purse to match. Luckily, I had some leftover burgundy material, and a complementary patterned material. I also had the zipper and the thread, so it was quite easy to make a quick purse. And, if you’re as fah-bulous as I, you already own a Bedazzler. If not, get on Ebay and acquire one!!
- First, I found a zipper that I thought would be the perfect size for a purse, and I cut two pieces of material the width of the zipper + and inch or two, and the length I wanted the purse x 2. I chose two complementary pieces of material (one burgundy, one brocade), but you can choose the same material if you so desire.
- I got out the Bedazzler, dusted it off, and added some studs to one of the pieces of material – the piece that will face outwards, towards the public.
- I put the right side of the material to the top edge of the zipper, pinned and sewed straight across, as close to the teeth as possible.
- I then put the right side of the other piece of material to the top edge of the zipper on the other side, pinned and sewed straight across, same as above.
- I had a zipper sewn in the middle of two pieces of material! I unzipped the zipper, and pinned the sides and bottom of the purse material, right sides together.
- My next step was to sew around the sides and bottom of the purse, in a “u” shape, or an open rectangle. I sewed three times around, with the 3rd time being a zigzag stitch. As it’s a purse, I may carry a lot of stuff in there and I don’t want it to fall out because of shoddy workmanship.
- I pushed the material through the open zipper, poking out the corners, and I had myself a purse!
- Unzip, throw your stuff in, fold over, and it’s one clutch, to go!