Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Red hot for Valentine’s Day – or ANY day!

Feeling sassy? We are! Add a dose of heat to these cool winter days with a red hot lined clutch. It’s the perfect little accessory to light up your Valentine’s date night. It makes a really cool everyday clutch, too. Of course, you can mix it up by choosing whatever fabric you like, and still use the basic Dritz sewing supplies and construction that we did – an elastic wrap, plus a frog fastener and a sew-on snap. What’s your desire?

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

We have provided a free sewing pattern (PDF file) that you can download and print. Other sewing supplies needed are:

  • Dritz 1″ knit elastic (we used red)
  • Dritz frog closure (if you’re not familiar with the term “frog closure,” that’s the black fastener above!)
  • Dritz sew-on snap (we used gold, size 10, which are approximately 3/4″ in diameter)
  • 3/8 yard fabric
  • 3/8 yard lining
  • 3/8 yard fleece
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle & thread
  • Sewing machine 

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

First, you’ll want to print out the sewing pattern for the clutch. If you’re using standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, you’ll have to tape the individual pages (6) together using the “X” marks on the pages. Full pattern size is 11-1/2″ wide x 19″ long. TIP: the pattern gives you rounded edges on the front flap, but you can also skip the pattern and just measure your fabric layers if desired.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Use the pattern to cut 1 piece each of fabric and fleece and 2 pieces of lining. NOTE: we used sheer fabric for the outside of the clutch. If non-sheer fabric is used, only 1 piece of lining is required.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Pin 1 lining piece to sheer fabric so wrong sides face together. Stitch together 3/8″ from edge. Non-sheer fabric requires no lining piece. 

Repeat with fleece and 1 lining piece. Trim fleece to stitching.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Stitch the outside fabric and the fleece-backed lining right sides together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave 5″ unstitched along the short straight edge to turn.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Trim seam allowance to 1/4″. Turn right side out.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Pin opening closed. Press. Stitch the edge to catch the pinned section.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Cut 1 piece of elastic 14″ long. Fold one cut end into a double 3/8″ hem. Stitch. Repeat for opposite end.

Place 1 side of the frog closure on each end of the elastic, right sides up, as shown. The frog button and loop should extend beyond the elastic. Stitch.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Place bag flat on work surface, outside facing up as shown. Pin elastic to the bag so it is parallel to long sides, centered and right side up with the loop about 3/4″ from the curved end. Starting 6-1/2″ from the straight short end of the bag, stitch elastic to the bag for the next 5″ only.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Fold straight end of the bag up 6″, lining sides together. Pin. Stitch sides from fold to top inside edge of bag.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Fold flap down over front of bag. (Frog ends should button.) Tack elastic to flap at top of frog.

 

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Clutch

Stitch 1 side of a sew-on snap to the underside of the flap at top of frog. Stitches should not show on outside of bag.

Fold flap down again and mark position for the other side of the snap. Stitch remaining snap to bag at this mark. 

Ready to party? Your bag is! We hope you have fun with this super accessory. Take your clutch in any direction you want depending on your choice of fabric and color of elastic. Let us know what you think, and which fabrics and elastic colors you chose! Happy sewing!

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