I have a lovely vintage bag that is not only a clutch, but a muff. A super cute idea. I had the bag with me last year for the Haute Couture Holiday Luncheon. Cennetta of The Mahogany Stylist saw my bag and was inspired! She took the idea, put her own touch on it, and made some of the most beautiful clutches. I loved the idea so much, and I thought that you would as well, so I asked Cennetta to be a guest for Fabulous Free Pattern Friday. The clutch is nothing more than 2 rectangles for the clutch and 2 rectangles for the lining. You can zip up a pile of these, one for everyone on your gift list. Just a word of caution, the recipients will probably come back asking for another!
And now, here's Cennetta....
I'm delighted to be a guest blogger on Rhonda's Creative Life. Rhonda, thank you very much for inviting me. It is a pleasure to share my foldover clutch purse tutorial with your readers. Earlier this year I posted a similar tutorial on my blog. This was my first tutorial on how to make this simple hand bag. Today's post will provide more details on the step by step process along with a few style options.
To make you will need the following supplies:
Pellon Fusible Felt
Leather Sewing Machine Needle (90/14)
Pattern Tracing Paper and Pencil
Thread and other basic sewing tools
Step 1 - Drafting the Pattern:
Body of the Purse, 2, 14 1/2" X 12 1/2" rectangles
The basic pattern is simply one pattern piece that you will use to cut the purse, lining, and fusible felt.
- 2 lining
- 1 Pellon Fusible Felt
- 1 Faux Fur
- 1 Faux Leather
Step 2 - Fuse felt to wrong side of the faux fur to add body. Be careful when fusing the felt to the faux fur so as not to melt the fur!!! The faux leather used in the illustration already has a felt backing.
Both sides of the purse are ready to sew.
Step 3 - This next step is to determine the finished look of the purse. First photo illustrates the 14 inch long purse. The second shows a 12 inch long purse with a longer fold over flap. I chose to make the shorter purse.
Step 3a - To add a little more interest to the finished flap. I decided reduce the width of the lower flap by 3/4".
- Mark the sides of one end of the purse 6" from the edge of the flap.
- On the lower edge mark 3/4" on each side.
- Connect the dot with a line; then cut off the access.
- Examine the look of the newly shaped flap. If it is not the desired width, trim until it is. Caution - use small increments.
Step 4 - Adjust the length of the zipper as needed. Because I changed the width of the bag, I need a shorter zipper. Using a 12" zipper and an extra zipper stop, I shorten the zipper to fit the top of the purse/bottom edge of the flap.
Step 5 - On the outside, place closed zipper to the either side of the bag having zipper facing down. Make sure you leave seam allowance on both sides of the bag. The seam allowances are about 1/4" for the entire bag. To avoid bumpy stitching around the tab/slider, stop sewing before reaching the tab/slider. Leave the needle in the fabric, raise the presser foot and pull the slider down below the needle. Lower the foot and continue sewing. Repeat for the other side of the purse.
Step 7 - To keep the lining away from the path of the zipper, understitch the lining to the zipper tape to hold it in place.
Step 8 - Press zipper teeth toward bag front and back lining sections. The bag section should be facing each other as well as the lining. Open zipper.
Step 9 - With right sides together, matching zipper tape, and having raw edges even. Now stitch leaving a four to six inch opening in the lower edge of the lining for turning. For the corners of the bag, stitch as illustrated below and trim corners and faux leather to reduced the thickness.
|Corners and faux leather are not trimmed in the picture above. Please do so for the best results.|
Step 10 - Turn bag to the right side. Press lining turning in raw edges of opening. Stitch remaining opening closed.
Step 11 - Push lining into bag and close zipper. Mold into place with fingers.
That's it! You're done.
You might ask: Are these bags on trend? Yes they are. Here are a few you could easily copy with just a few modifications.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, I know I'm inspired! The bags are so easy to make, they make a wonderful gift, and if you need to send a gift, the shipping will be minimal. This is a win, win situation all the way around!
This is actually Part 1 of a 2-part tutorial, so be sure to come back next Friday and see what you can add to your bag.