A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse. Pattern available in two slightly different sizes. Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag. Add internal pockets or a strap. It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern!
The ‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest is also launched today. Find out more at the bottom of this post about how you can win some great prizes just for sewing this bag!
- Uses just one pattern piece
- Super quick to sew
- Simple design
- Two sizes
- Magnetic snap closure
- Make it yours – add your own design features
Bag sizing – The small pattern makes a finished bag approximately 8 inches wide across the bottom and 5.5 inches deep. The larger pattern makes a finished bag approximately 9 inches across the bottom and 6.5 inches deep.
Skill level – Beginner for the basic bag. Instructions for adding your own design elements, pockets, straps, embroidery etc are not included. Let your imagination go wild!
You can find a range of useful sewing tutorials and videos at So Sew Easy – tutorials page.
Pattern pieces and printing.
One pattern piece only, in two sizes. Follow the instructions in the downloaded instruction sheet for how to print and put together the PDF pattern. Don’t worry – it’s easy!
- Outer fabric – I used a sturdy faux suede
- Inner lining fabric
- Firm Interfacing such as Pellon Decor Bond
- Magnetic snap, or design your own closure
- Optional – piping cord, extras for your design features or pockets, straps etc
Directions for sewing the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch Bag Pattern
Full sewing instructions are also supplied with the pattern download.
1. Cut your fabric as follows:
- Outer fabric x 1
- Lining fabric x 1
- Firm fusible interfacing x 2
- Optional – pocket, piping, your design features
2. Fuse your interfacing to the reverse of your outer and lining fabrics. Mark on the interfacing where the magnetic snap should go for each piece, and reinforce that area with extra interfacing, transferring the placement mark to the top.
3. Check that your markings are centered and then install magnetic snaps. IMPORTANT – take note that placement for the outer fabric and lining fabric is in different places. See pattern piece for details.
4. With right sides together, sew together the bottom seam with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
If you wish to add any internal pocket, do this now to the lining piece.
5. Open out the bag flat, press seam allowances towards the lining and with the right side up, understitch on the lining side, close to the seam line. See this tutorial on understitching for more details.
6. Place the bag flat on your work surface, right sides up with the outer fabric at the bottom.
Bring up the bottom seam line and line up the side seams as shown. Fold down the lining flap and close the magnetic snap.
Adjust the placement until you are happy and open up the flap and pin the side seams in place.
7. Bring up the outer fabric and match it to the fabric at the top and pin in place all the way round, moving side seam pins to the top of the fabric sandwich .
8. OPTIONAL – if you wish to add piping around the top flap of your bag, make and insert this now. You will need approx. 18 inches of piping. Layer it in between the inner and outer layers of the top flap, bringing the piping out of the seams just above the corners at the fold line.
9. Stitch the side seams on each side and across the top, leaving a gap in your stitching of about 4 inches in the center of the top flap for turning the bag.
10. Snip close to the corners and trim the seams to reduce bulk, especially around the flap of the bag.
11. Turn the bag the right side out. Use a blunt tool to push out the corners.
12. Top stitch around the flap evenly for decorative effect and to close the gap left for turning. If you have added piping, you may choose to hand-stitch the gap closed and leave off the top stitching – it’s up to you!
13. Add any decoration to your flap, taking care if you stitch through, not to hit the magnetic snap on the inside. I left one of my bags plain, just with the top stitching, and on another I added some suede leaves, and then made one more in the larger size with piping. How about adding a cute bow, a wrist strap or a long thin shoulder strap. Scrappy or felt flowers could also look great depending on your choice of fabrics.
12. Go out, take your new purse, and enjoy yourself!
The Make it Yours Sewing Contest
I love to see what you sew from my patterns so I’ve decided to run a contest which anyone and everyone can enter. There will be 3 categories for prizes and it’s open to anyone Worldwide.
Just briefly, to enter, you’ll use this pattern to sew your own bag, but you’ll need to ‘Make it Yours’ with your own design elements and ideas.
Full details of the contest will be posted on the 4th, or can also be found in the download.
Last day to accept entries is 30th May and voting begins on 1st June, throughout June until 30th. There will be two winners, chosen by you, and you will also get an entry into a prize draw just for voting!
I’m so looking forward to it. I hope you will enter.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy