Monday, January 13, 2014

DIY: Fabric Clutch, this is so fly.

Purses are a girl's best friend, Right?
 I know they are for me, so why not try to make one? 

 Okay I  was on a mission  after watching a video on making purses. I said to myself, self you got this!  
What supplies are needed you ask? Well fabric is always on hand so I didn't have to go out and buy any and you too may have some of the other items on hand.  Here everything you'll need to make this purse. Sew along instructions under the pictures and direct instructions at the bottom.
If you make a purse send me a picture so I can post it!!


  • Upholstery/Curtain fabric (Your fabric, Lining,interfacing and fusible fleece have to fit into the grooves of the purse closure. Make sure your fabric is not to thick.)
  • A thin fabric for lining
  • Fusible fleece
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Purse closure (I am using and 8 inch closure)
  • Thread
  • Glue (must be strong for fabric & metal with a skinny tip)
  • Scissors
Let's get started!
Fusible interfacing and fleece 

Thread, Glue,Scissors and Closure

 8 Inch purse closure HERE
  1.  Cut your front and  lining fabric 15 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches tall
   2. Cut your fusible interfacing about 1/8 inch smaller all the way 
        around and follow the directions for interfacing and press 
onto the wrong side of the purse fabric.
   3. Cut your fusible fleece into an 11 1/2 by 11 1/2 square and follow
directions and fuse on top of the fused interfacing 
 These are your three layers at this point.
   4. Now sew your front and your lining together, right side facing each other.
        You are going to stitch across the top & bottom with an 1/2 inch seam. 

  5.  Press the seams open and turn over the the right side.

 6. Press purse flat
   7. Now fold the purse in half , front side showing and sew the sides together
with a 3/8  inch seam.  (I think I sewed my seams across the top and 
bottom to big  or my measuring was a little off because the 
purse should be wider than this but I'm going to keep going.)  
   8. Trim you seams to 1/8 inches and clip that bottom corner
a little with a diagonal cut.  This will allow the corners to be sharp.

   9. Turn over so the lining is on the outside and stitch the
sides again with  a 3/8 inch seam 

10. Clip the seam and corner and turn over to the right side.
 Now flatten down the sides so that we can make the gusset. 
Measure about 2 inches across  that *POINTED CORNER  and sew on that line. 
Clip your seam to 1/8 inches after you sew the corners.  

11. Now turn it inside out and sew a 3/8 inch seam across 
your trimmed corner and turn over the the right side. 

  12........almost done now, now press your purse
before we start applying the closure. 
 13.  Measure and mark your purse so that your 8 inch closure will be in the center.
Apply your glue in the grooves of the purse closure and working one side at 
a time work  the fabric in the the groove of the closure. 
Use the tape to hold the closure on the fabric while drying. 

 ALL  DRY.....

 14. Now time to close the gussets and the closure.
Push your sides in under the open frame and close! 

 It didn't come out perfect but now that I got one under
my belt, the next one will be better and the proper size.
 Once you get the hang of it this purse, it should  take you under an hour to complete.

Direct Instructions:
1. Cut  fabric (outer fabric, lining and fusible interfacing) 11 1/2  tall  by 15 inches wide. Trim down  the interfacing about 1/8 inch on all sides. Cut a 11 1/2 by 11 1/2 piece of  the fusible fleece. Fuse the interfacing on the wrong side of the outer fabric and then fuse the fleece in the center  of the interfacing.

2. With the right sides of the outer fabric and lining together sew a 1/2 inch seam along the 15" edges (this is the length of the purse,)  Now turn over to the right side, press seams open and then press flat.

3. Now fold the purse in half matching the sewn seams at the top, lining should be on the inside of the folded fabric. Stitch your side together with a 3/8 inch seam. (yes you are sewing on the outside/right-side of the purse) trim that seam down to 1/8 inches on both sides,snip your bottom corners. Turn your purse inside out now sew the side edges again with a 3/8 inch seam. This creates a french seam.Now turn the purse right-side out one more time. (I know this is a lot of back and forth with this thing!)

4. With the purse turned to the right side fold your side seams inward so that the bottom corners are pointed. (you may want to look at the picture about marked *POINTED CORNERS) You will then mark a 2 inch line across each corner and sew on that line. Now trim down to 1/8 inches. Now turn the purse inside out and sew on these same corners with 3/8 inches seam ( your making another french seam) Turn to the right side fro the last time.

5. Press your purse if necessary before applying you closure. Mark your purse using tape to center where you will put your closure Make sure you are centered on each side. (Practice putting on the closure before applying glue) Apply the glue into the groove of the closure, center  over the top and insert the fabric and tape to hold in place. We are going to glue one side at a time. Allow to set for 30 mins and the do the same to the other side. Allow closure to dry over night  but this depends on your glue. Remove tape and any excess glue and tuck the outside corners under the hinges of the closure and close!


  1. I really like this a lot. Seems pretty easy. I think I am going to try it. Your daughter is beautiful.

    1. Carrie thanks and thanks! If you make it please send me a picture because I want to post the purses you guys make. ~That Chic~

  2. Hey Michelle, great work again! I like this ittle purse, all the possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It's always nice to hear from you Lisa and thanks sooo much! Yess this was a nice little surprise, I love it and now that I got the hang of it, there is going to be more. ~That Chic~

  3. Love the purse but how do you attach the sides?

  4. I love the purse but how do you attach the sides?

    1. Evelyn, I am not sure if this is what your talking about but after the closure is glued onto the purse all you do is fold in the sides, they are not attached to anything they just fold in and you close the purse. Look at the picture with me pushing in the sides under the closure, that is it your done! let me know if this answers your question. ~That Chic~

  5. Great post! Will definitely be bookmarking this for later. I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

    May from La Vie En May

    1. Thanks so much May and when you get the time please send a picture, I would love to post some of the purses you guys make.

  6. Beautifully designed and looks easy, great choice of fabric

    1. I Love this fabric, I have enough to make a skirt for my daughter. Thanks so much for stopping by, tell a friend! LOL!!

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    1. Thanks so much. I had fun and I plan on making a few more! ~That Chic~

  8. Very creative...I ♥ it....and your blog is awesome :)

    1. Thanks a bunch Jan this was fun to make. I hope your following me, I got lots of fun stuff for ya!

  9. I just discovered your blog and post today. I love all your work! Almost a year and a half ago, I made a very similar clutch -- using the same fabric as your lining! The same closure, same style, everything. I interfaced it to give it lots of extra body and structure. Love!


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