If you read my post about tackling my fear of the sewing machine, you may have an idea of where this post is heading.

Yes, I sewed. Aren’t you proud? I present to you the first ever Lovely Crafty Home sewing tutorial (but hopefully not the last!)

This project is a piece of cake. If you can sew a straight line, you can make endless variations of this simple clutch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fun fabric (scraps are great for this project!)
  • Lining fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Snap or your closure method of choice

First cut out two rectangles of the same size in your fun fabric and your lining fabric (they can both be fun or even the same if you want). The size isn’t that important, just think about the finished product and how large you want it to be.

With right sides together, pin and sew around 3 edges (as you would a pillow). For the fourth edge, leave about a 1-2″ hole in the center so you will be able to turn the clutch right side out.  It should look like a tiny pillow case now! To make it easier to work with, iron it flat.

Next you’ll want to fold the bottom half up to make the pocket (with right side up). I just made mine as deep as I could with the top half still folding down about 3/4 of the way. Just eyeball it 🙂 For this seam, we’re not turning it inside out. Pin the pocket in place and sew close to the edge. I love how the stitch is exposed, it gives it a sort of quilt-y feel actually.

For the flower detail, I traced a glass onto 4 layers of my liner fabric (drop cloth, shocker!). I put fray-edge around the circles, then bunched them up together until I liked how it looked. I used fabric glue to hold them together and then I sewed them together before sewing them onto the clutch. It was not the easiest way of making a fabric flower, I’m sure.  It turned out ok, but I think I’ll try to find a better method next time.

Sew the snap on (or whatever closure method you chose), and you’re all finished!

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7 Responses

  1. Jan

    WOW — What a great project. Not only does it keep your jewelry safe and in one spot — it’s also darling! You could also use it as a small clutch or catch-all for your purse. Thank you for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

  2. Megan

    What a great easy idea! I do not sew, but want to learn and I think this is a perfect project to learn!

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