Fold over clutch bag pattern

Fold Over Clutch Bag Pattern - denim and cotton fabrics combined to create stylish unique clutchWhats 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.

Evening Fold Over Clutch bag pattern - hand embroidered curtain fabric

How about using quilting cotton? Simple to whip up, perfect to accompany your summer dresses.

Quilting Fabric Fold Over Clutch

They take less than an hour, and are so easy to customize too.

To make a fold over clutch bag you will need:

  • 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

fabric for clutch bag

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.

fabric strips

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.

fabric applique for fold over clutch

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.

front of clutch foldover bag

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.

zip placement


Zip placement two

Machine stitch using a zipper foot.

Fold out so right sides are out, press and top stitch along the zip

top stitch clutch bag

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.

fold zip towards 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.

stitch the bag together

One finished fold over clutch:)

Fold Over Clutch Bag Pattern - denim and cotton fabrics combined to create stylish unique 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.

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I’m Vicky from vickymyerscreations. I learnt to sew through school, and was blessed as a child to have adults who nurtured my creativity. I love sewing, for others and for myself, and exploring other textile related crafts. See more on twitter, facebook and pinterest.

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Donna Weldon
Donna Weldon

I just saw this and that looks like strip piecing to me also, but great idea for getting rid of scrap pieces also.


I can’t find a seam allowance.


When you are giving no the dimensions above are you including the seam allowance? I’m new to seeing. Thank you.

Deby at So Sew Easy
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Reply to  Paul

Yes the seam allowances are already included in all of the So Sew Easy patterns, no need to add on anything extra.

Pam @Threading My Way

Three beautiful bags, Vicky. My favourite is the denim combined with shirts.

Pam @Threading My Way

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Deby at So Sew Easy
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Thanks so much Pam


Great bag!! i’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial: –Anne

Deby at So Sew Easy
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Reply to  anneweaver1974

Thanks so much Anne, you are a star!


lovely ..thanks for sharing ..
I don’t think I would refer to the scrappy fabrics as applique tho..
it’s just a bit of quilting .. or strip piecing..
but love the pattern 🙂