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Making an Evening Clutch Purse
Making an Evening Clutch Purse for a Gift
It's the weekend and it's cold and gloomy...threatening to rain! I know we have to expect this kind of weather in winter (I'm in New Zealand) but I do like to see the sunshine. This is the perfect weather for being indoors and creating something...a Squidoo lens or perhaps an evening clutch purse. Yes, this lens was written in the cold winter months!
I had made an evening clutch purse for my best friend's birthday (a birthday with a zero in it). I had felt stuck on what to give her as I wanted a bead project to be the ultimate gift of love for her. As her daughter does beading I didn't want to be seen to be competing in any way so I came up with the idea of making an evening clutch purse as I knew her daughter was not into sewing.
It was a great hit with her family and friends...and her sister hinted at having one made for her birthday the following year. That birthday is now looming so I am considering making another this weekend!
All photos by Lyn Bell
1/4 yard evening fabric (I used embossed fabric left over from an evening dress)
1/4 yard Pellon interfacing
1/4 yard lining material
Fray check and thread.
Unless you like stitching by hand you will need a sewing machine too!
As soon as I had the opportunity I purchased a new Janome and have never regretted it. In the more than 30 years I've had it I've only had it serviced once and it still works beautifully. I would always go for Janome as my preferred brand. I love them.
Have you ever made a clutch purse or other bag?
Patterns for a Clutch Purse - ...and a book
You can always put your own little touches to a bag created from a pattern to make it your own. Sometimes we just need a helping hand, don't we?
Includes six different styles, all a little different. Vogue is another easy to follow pattern. A classy name...lol
A book in paperback. Has a high star rating and is a handy item to have on your bookshelf if you are going to start crafting.
Making the Clutch Bag
For the original bag I had searched for a pattern and ended up with a simple design of stitching oblong pieces of fabric together. This is how I did it.
- First of all I cut two pattern pieces out of paper. The purse body pattern is 11 inches x 7 1/2 inches the flap pattern is 11 x 6 inches.
- Using the pattern pieces, I cut two of each pattern piece out of the embossed fabric making sure I cut with the short side parallel to the selvage.
- Then I used the purse body I had sewed as a pattern to cut the interfacing...trimming Â½ an inch off the long and short side to make the interfacing Â¼ of an inch smaller all around.
- Use the flap pattern and cut one piece of interfacing, cutting off 1/2an inch from the short and long side of the interfacing.
- Place the purse body on a flat surface with the right side down. Center the interfacing on the main fabric, carefully pinning it on all sides. The idea is to have the interfacing and fabric acting as one piece. Baste close to the edge of the interfacing all the way around.
- Repeat the same process with one piece of the main fabric (in my case the embossed material) and the interfacing for the flap.
- With right sides together fold the purse body in half. Stitch both sides using a Â½ inch seam allowance
- To form the bottom of the purse, take one side seam you just sewed and place the top facing you (inside out). Flatten and form a triangle at the corner and stitch across – about 1 inch. Do this on the other side. This will give a base to the purse. (Sorry I didn’t photograph this so hope my description works for you). Turn the bag the right side out.
- Take the piece of the flap that has the interfacing attached and find the center of the flap by folding the flap in half lengthwise.
- Take the other piece of flap and place the two flap pieces right sides together and stitch the two sides and bottom using a Â½ inch seam allowance.
- Clip the corners within the seam allowance and turn the flap right side out. Use a blunt that is not too pointy to force out the corners.
- On the inside of the flap find the center of the flap. About 1inch from the bottom make two slits with small scissors at the center point. Apply the fray check to prevent fraying or ripping and insert the prongs of the non-magnetic side of the snap through the slits. Place on the snap backing and bend the prongs out.
- Place the flap on the back of the bag raw edges together. Stitch the flap to the bag using a 1/2 inch seam allowance
- Using the paper pattern pieces for the purse body, cut two pieces of lining. With right sides together sew both sides of lining.
- Keep the lining wrong side out and slip it over the purse. Stitch around the top using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn lining to the inside.
- Apply chalk to the snap you placed in the flap and close the flap. Gently rub the chalk onto the body of the purse. Make two slits with small scissors on either side of the chalk mark. Apply fray check to prevent fraying or ripping and insert the prongs of the magnetic side of the snap. Apply the snap backing and bend the prongs out.
- Pull the lining out of the purse. Fold the raw edges towards the inside 1/2 inch. Stitch the bottom of the lining closed and push lining back into the purse
- Topstitch across the top of the body of the purse to keep the lining from puffing.
Stages of the Clutch CreationClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Final Touches
I said at the start that I was doing some beading. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the final purse with the bead work. This photo was of a sample I tried out. What I ended up doing was tracing the edges of the flowers with the beads. I did this on the flap part of the bag.
Do you think you might try making this purse?
You guessed it! I spent my weekend indoors building lenses and not making the purse for my friend's upcoming birthday...another BIG O! I've got a couple of months to go yet though...have to get on to it!
Hope you thought it was worth the effort...