Archive for March 2nd, 2012

Gathered clutch DIY

My friend has a clutch like this and I just thought it had the cutest shape! So I decided I’d try making one myself. Here is what I did so you can make one too!

You will need:

2 fabric pieces 12×5.5 inches for the outside
2 fabric pieces 12×5.5 inches for the lining (these will be for the body of the clutch)
2 fabric pieces 8×2 inches in outside print
2 fabric pieces 8×2 inches in lining print (these will make up the neck of the clutch)
1 piece of scrap fabric (either of outside fabric or a different color)
1 zipper
1 clasp

Let’s get started!

Cut your fabric! I used a light-weight muslin for the lining fabric and chose to iron on interfacing to help the finished clutch hold it’s shape.

Sew in the gathers.

To do this, take a neck piece and a body piece (same colors) and lay them on top of each other, with the right sides of the fabric touching.

Set them under your foot and sew in about an inch. (I didn’t even use pins, I’m such a lazy sewer!)

Now stop the machine! We’re going to make a gather (aka a pleat).

Pull up about half an inch of fabric

fold it down on itself

and sew over it.

Repeat this 4 times. You should have something that looks like this:

In retrospect, I should have used a darker thread so it’s easier to see what I’m doing.

Now repeat THAT 4 times so you have 4!

Sew on the zipper!

Lay a lining piece right side up. Set the zipper along the top edge, also right side up.

Lay an outside piece right side down, over top of the zipper, lining all the top edges up. Pin in place,.

Sew along that edge with your zipper foot.

Fold the fabric back, and repeat on the opposite side of the zipper.

I like to stitch over the fabric close to the zipper to help hold it in place.


Take up the scrap fabric and the clasp. Fold the scrap into a rectangle, hiding all edges in the middle. Loop this through the clasp. Set aside.


Now make it look like a butterfly! You want the two lining pieces to be touching with right sides together, and the outer pieces together with right sides together.  Start pinning on the side where the zipper is closed (aka not the part where it opens from).

Before pinning the other side, open the zipper about half way. This is important! If you don’t open the zipper, you’ll never be able to turn the clutch right side out!

Right under the zipper, on the outer fabric side, tuck your clasp in. The clasp should be in the bag and the ends will stick out.

Now pin it all down.

Sew all the way around.

Remember to leave an opening at the bottom of the lining fabric!

Cut off excess zipper, clasp fabric, and the fabric corners. Be careful not to trim your stitching! Cutting just the little extra fabric off the corners will give you a nicer corner when you turn the clutch right side out.

Turn it right side out! Push out the corners and work with the end of the zipper to push it up as much as possible. You want to have as straight a zipper as possible running along the top, instead of a zipper that then looks like it’s being sucked into the bag!

Now sew that hole in the lining shut. Tuck in the raw edged sew right over the edge.

Push the lining back in, puff it up, and voila!

You’ve got a gathered clutch.

Now go put stuff in it :)


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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