So lately I’ve been all about the Clutch.
They are so perfect for carrying just a few things – your phone, cash, some lipstick, maybe an adorable coin purse – what more do you need?
I am using them all the time now, for dinner’s out, quick trips to the store, and the rare occasion I actually go to a party.
They are also fun to put a few things in and then slip into my big camera bag. That way if I’m on a trip or at an event, I don’t have to haul the giant bag with me ever time I need to make a quick trip to the restroom. Ahem.
This Simple DIY Fold Over Clutch goes together super fast too. It’s basically a giant zipper pouch – all angled and ready for a night out on the town.
I am all in love with this fabric too!
It’s from a new online fabric shop called Modern Yardage. They have awesome designs and they print fabrics that are colorful, trendy and fun!
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So to create your own clutch you’ll need:
1/2 yard for lining
1/4 yard for bottom outside fabric
1/4 yard for top outside fabric
1/8 yard contrast fabric for bottom corners
1/2 yard fusible fleece
1/4 yard mid weight interfacing
My fabrics are all from the Garden Party, Golden Sun Colorway at Modern Yardage. Though they have tons of great collections there – it’s so fun to check them all out!
Start by cutting out your fabric pieces.
From your lining you will need two rectangle that is angled across the top. It should be 13″ wide and 14″ tall at the top of the angle and 12″ tall at the bottom of the angle.
From the bottom outside fabric cut two rectangles 13″ wide and 7 1/2″ tall
From the top outside fabric cut two angled rectangle 13″ wide and 6 1/2″ tall at the top of the angle and 4 1/2″ tall at the bottom of the angle.
From the top outside fabric also cut two pocket pieces, 7″ x 5″
From the fusible fleece cut two pieces the same size as your lining pieces.
From the mid weight interfacing cut two pieces 13″ wide by 7 1/2″ tall
From your contrast corner fabric cut out 4 triangles that are 4″ tall and 4″ wide.
Whew. All cut out. :)
Begin by pressing the angled side of your triangles to the wrong side 1/4″. Line the triangles up at each corner of the bottom sections and sew them to the main fabric, along the folded edges.
Sew the top section to the bottom pieces, right sides together. Press the seams toward the bottom section.
Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of both the pieces.
Place your two pocket pieces right sides together and sew around all four sides, leaving a section open at the bottom for turning. Clip the corners.
Press the mid-weight interfacing pieces to the bottom half of the lining pieces on the wrong side.
Turn your pocket piece right side out and press. Place the pocket 3 1/2″ from each side and 2 1/2″ from the bottom of one of the lining pieces. Sew the pocket to lining piece around the two sides and across the bottom, sewing the opening closed at the same time.
Take your zipper and lay it across the top of one of your outside clutch pieces. The zipper should face towards the main fabric. Place a lining piece right side down on top of the main fabric piece and line up the top edges.
Put a zipper foot on your machine and sew all the pieces together along the top edge. You’ll probably want to adjust your zipper as you go so that you move it out of the way as you sew.
Open up the pieces and repeat the process with the other side of the zipper and the remaining two clutch pieces.
Press all the pieces away from the zipper.
Open up your zipper first. Place the two main fabrics right sides together and the two lining fabrics right sides together. Make sure you’re lining up your corner sections and the top seams so they line up. Sew around all the sides, leave a 5″ section open for turning right side out.
Clip the two middle sections on each side and each corner so it will turn right side out cleanly.
Your corner pieces should line up and match across the seams.
Turn right side out and press. Hand stitch the opening in the lining closed.
Tuck your lining inside and press again. Fold the top section over and press into place as well.
Now convince someone to take you out to dinner so you can show off your new clutch!
What do you think? Do you carry clutches?
Disclosure: I was provided with fabric from Modern Yardage for this project. All ideas and opinions are my own – I think you’d really enjoy the fabric and I wanted to show it off to you!
I love this tutorial and the fabric!! I am already picking out possible fabrics to make my own :)
Zely Almeida says
Achei muito elegante!
Farei sem dúvida alguma.
Jen @ Eat. Sleep. Make. says
So pretty Bev! The fabrics are gorgeous. Off to check out the selection!
I love it Bev! Such cute fabric and looks like a breeze to make! Thanks for the tutorial.
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
Oh.My.Gosh. That is so adorable!! I love the style, and I didn’t even realize how large it was until I saw you holding it. LOVE it!!! *Anything* smaller than a diaper bag is good in my book (can you tell I’m over the diaper bag???). :) LOVE the fabric!! So bright and fun!
Milena Yancheva says
i love this clutc! The fabrics are wonderful!
Love the angled shape Bev!
Miranda @ Someday Crafts says
GORGEOUS fabric choice! The clutch turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing it over at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We’ll be featuring it tomorrow at Someday Crafts :)
I LOVE this so much Bev! The fabrics are fabulous!!
Ahh! I’m in love with that fabric, too! Love everything about this clutch!
Oh man, I love the colors! I’m totally including this in my weekly favorite project picks tomorrow. (FYI ;) )
Super, super cute!! I love the prints you chose!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!
Really cute, and i love the fabric combo. Turns out great.. :)
This is so cute. I want one or two :)
Pleas show your DIY on my diy twitter account !
Oh Bev, I am in love with this clutch! It’s absolutely perfect. The fabrics are almost to gorgeous to stand, and I really really adore the shape of this lovely thing. Great job!!!
Thanks for sharing a tutorial!
Oh, yes! Love me some leather. :) I would like to try this, too!
Me encanta tu blog, siempre tienes cosas muy bonitas. gracias.
Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says
Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – I featured you today!
Great tutorial. This has been on my to do list for a while now. I can’t wait to make mine. You’re is beautiful. Love love love how colorful it is. :)
Michelle Winkle says
I was just wondering what the seam allowance is on this project?
It’s 1/2″ unless I state otherwise.
Michelle Winkle says
Thanks! I’m looking forward to truing this clutch. I love asian-inspired fabric. I hope it works!
Linda Fleming says
Love your choice of fabric!
So beautiful! I love your fabric picks, and the corner details add such a pop. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial.
Thanks so much Martha!! It was really fun to put together – I’m so glad you like it! :)
I was wondering if, because I am not a clutch person, you could attach a strap so you could still have hands free? The bag looks fabulous though. I have some bits and pieces of yardage left over that would be great for this. Thanks for the great tut by the way.
Gorgeous! Im making this.
This is the best tutorial on clutches I’ve ever seen! And I just love your fabric choices, it goes great together.
Awesome tutorial, nothing left out. Thank you for sharing! I’m going to try this for sure.
Is the bottom outside fabric supposed to be 13″ by 8 1/2 “?
I’m making it right now and the outside turns out to be 1 inch shorter than the lining. Thanks!
Btw, thank you for the tutorial! I’m making one for my friend’s birthday!
I ran into the same problem. Either the lining needs to be 1/2” shorter with 1/4” seams or the outside bottom needs to be 1/2″ longer. You loses double your seam allowance joining the two pieces of fabric on the front.
Sol de Dezembro says
Thank you for the tutorial
Pam from CA says
Fabulous clutch and tutorial!!
Shweta Oswal says
Hello, i just loved your blog..So many tutorials you have shared,im so thankful..I just love the fold over clutch.I did try it myself and the outcome was v much satisfying though i was trying for the first time. Love & Regards.
How big is this finished size? It looks cool but I don’t want it to be too big.
Hi there! Thanks for the tutorial! I think the only problem I had was attaching the zipper. I’m sure someone has already brought this to your attention, but in the photo for the zipper attachment, the zipper should be facing down — not up. Thanks again!
Tq so much..:)
Very nice project thank you!
Do you know that a Belgian designer uses your photos to teach?
Thanks Samantha! I’ve contacted them so hopefully they will take it down. I appreciate you letting me know. :(
I hope so too, I posted your link everywhere on the website and her Facebook ;)
Oh how sweet! Thank you Samantha!
Thanks for sharing.
I love this pattern! One of the only times where I’ve followed a pattern and found that it came out exactly as photographed! This is my new “go-to” for gifts and holidays! I think it doubles as a nice diaper clutch too! Also, I added a handle on the back of mine and a magnetic snap to keep the fold in place!
Beverly McCullough says
Yay Kim!! I’m so glad you like the pattern and you love the bag! I’d love to see any photos you take of them – you could share them on my FB wall!! :) http://facebook.com/FlamingoToes Thanks!!
Wish the instructions would have noted to cut one piece of fabric on the right side and the other on the wrong for the lining and the top pieces. Because I cut the fabric the same way it does not go together. Would have been cute, will have to try again!
I may be wrong but I believe there may be a mistake. In the instructions ‘Take your zipper and lay it across the top of one of your outside clutch pieces. The zipper should face towards the main fabric. Place a lining piece right side down on top of the main fabric piece and line up the top edges’.
(From my view) it looks as though the picture actually shows the zipper facing towards the lining (instead of the main fabric). This makes a big difference when there is a front side to the clutch because of added embellishing. Otherwise was great to make.
i like it. this is very creative design and i thing easy for make it.thanks for sharing:)
I put off making this for so long and I’m glad I finally did it! My colors aren’t as bright as yours, but I worked through my stash so it’s progress. Thanks for sharing the pattern, I’ve linked to your blog :) Here’s my clutch: http://thepiedpifer.com/2016/05/23/d-i-y-fold-over-clutch/
Hi Beverley, Loved making this clutch. I have a few friends who have put in orders for Christmas gifts. Just wondering if you have a printable PDF version of your pattern so I can print it and add it to my pattern book.
Hi, l love this pattern. I made it today, however l found l had to recut some of the pieces. I realized the main fabric with the angled cut had to be angled from opposite sides in order for the fold over to line up properly. I aslo had to fix up one of the lining pieces. I was very pleased with my clutch in the end. I thank you for the pattern, did l missread the instructions ?
Connie Salak says
Totally agree with Chelsey above, wish the tutorial would have stated to cut one piece of fabric on the right side and the other on the wrong side for both interior and exterior fabric. I got all my cutting done and was ready to put it together before I realized the mismatch. Super disappointed. :(