Whats not to love about a simple clutch? Perfect for holding keys, wallet and mobile they are so quick and easy to whip up you can easily make one per outfit.
Have fun playing with different fabric combinations. The denim bag makes the most of various cotton scraps (including quite a few shirts) which have been pieced together.
The shimmery evening fold over clutch is made up with curtain fabric. This has been hand embroidered to embellish the existing pattern and tie the colours in.
How about using quilting cotton? Simple to whip up, perfect to accompany your summer dresses.
They take less than an hour, and are so easy to customize too.
To make a fold over clutch bag you will need:
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- Two pieces of lining fabric 11 by 9″
- Two pieces of your bottom fabric choice 5 by 9″
- Two pieces of fabric choice for the top half of the bag 7 by 9″ – to applique a pile of different fabrics (applique is optional)
- Heavy weight iron on interfacing
- 8″ metal zipper
How to sew your fold over clutch bag pattern
If making the top as applique cut out several strips of fabric measuring at least 9 inches long and between 3-2″ wide.
Stitch these together, then trim to create an applique strip piece of fabric measuring 7 by 9″. Iron, pressing the seams and then attach your interfacing.
Sew your applique strip to your bottom fabric, in this case denim. This creates a piece of fabric measuring 9 by 11″
If using a light weight fabric for the bottom attach iron interfacing.
Repeat for the back.
Lay your lining right side up, then lay your zipper face up along the edge (see picture). Next place your outer fabric right side facing the lining, creating a sandwich with zipper in the middle. Pin into place.
Machine stitch using a zipper foot.
Fold out so right sides are out, press and top stitch along the zip
Repeat for the other side of the bag.
Separate the layers so the right sides of the lining align, and the same with the outer, right sides together. Open the zipper up to approximately halfway (this is vital so you can turn the bag the right sides out). Pin the layers into place. Pinch the zipper teeth together towards the lining.
Stitch all round, except for 3-4″ on the lining. Trim the corners and then turn right sides out. Hand slip stitch your turning point in the lining.
One finished fold over clutch:)
So what are you waiting for? What fabrics will you choose for your fold over clutch?
Do you also have a passion for sewing with reclaimed fabric? Check out my blog for a variety of bag tutorials which transform former clothing into sylish bags.