Every girl needs a whole drawer full of chic clutches! I love picking out the perfect clutch to complement my outfit for a fun night out with friends. This eye-catching floral print with its cute crochet flower button makes a bold statement. Mix and match your favourite fabrics to that new outfit to add a splash of colour and fun.
You will need
- 28cm (11in) black and red home décor weight print fabric for main bag (if you are using a directional print you will require extra fabric)
- 18 x 50cm (7 x 20in) red micro spot fabric for side gussets
- 12.5cm (5in) black stripe fabric for binding and button
- 28cm (11in) lightweight fusible fleece
- 28 x 50cm (11 x 20in) medium/heavy iron-on interfacing
- Chalk pencil or erasable marker
- Large crocheted flower
- Self-covering button, approximately 2.5cm (1in) in diameter
- Magnetic closure
Finished size : 16.5 x 27cm (61⁄2 x 101⁄2in)
- Trace all of the City Nights Clutch templates (see Pattern Pullout Sheet) onto tracing paper or template plastic, transferring all the markings and cutting them out around the traced lines.
- From the black and red main home décor weight print fabric, trace the main clutch template twice. Cut out along the traced lines.
- From the red micro spot fabric, trace the side gusset template four times and cut out along the traced lines.
- From the black stripe fabric, cut one strip measuring 5cm (2in) x the full width and another strip measuring 5 x 20cm (2 x 8in).
- From the lightweight fusible fleece, trace the main clutch template once and cut out along the traced lines. Next trace the side gusset template twice and cut out.
- From the iron-on interfacing, trace the main clutch template once and cut out along the traced lines.
- Interface one main clutch piece and two side gusset pieces with lightweight fusible fleece. Interface the remaining main clutch piece with the iron-on interfacing.
- Interface a scrap of black stripe fabric with lightweight fusible fleece and use this to cover your self-covering button, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Feel adventurous and want to make a patchwork clutch? Simply piece a panel of fabric with your favourite patchwork piecing and use this to cut your clutch template from.
5mm (1⁄4in) seam allowance included.
1). Take the main clutch piece with fusible fleece and insert the female side of the magnetic closure into the right side of the panel in the position marked on the Pattern Pullout Sheet (see Inserting Magnetic Closures). Repeat to position the male side of the magnetic closure on the clutch lining piece with interfacing.
2). Place the two main clutch pieces on top of each other, right sides out. Pin then machine tack (baste) the two pieces together close to the raw edges (see Useful Stitches).
3). Using a chalk pencil or erasable marker, rule a line down the centre of the clutch panel from top to bottom. Now rule lines parallel again.
4). Take one of the 5 x 20cm (2 x 8in) black stripe binding strips. Either use a 2.5cm (1in) bias tape maker or make your own binding by folding the binding strip in half along the length, right side out, and pressing. Now fold the long raw edges into the fold and press Use this binding strip to bind the front edge of the clutch panel (see Topstitch Binding).
5). Take one of the side gusset pieces with fusible fleece and sew the dart into place at the bottom (see Sewing Darts). Repeat using a side gusset piece without fleece. Place the two gusset pieces on top of each other, right sides together and sew together along the top straight edge only.
6). Turn the gusset pieces right sides out so that they both sit evenly on top of each other. Press and then topstitch along the top sewn edge. Tack (baste) the remaining raw edges together.
7). Starting at one corner of the clutch front and ensuring the dart in the gusset meets the marked star on the template sheet, ease the gusset into place, lining sides together, along the side edge of the clutch so that all raw edges
meet. Machine tack (baste) in place. This will create the bag section of the clutch. Repeat Steps 5–7 to create the other side gusset.
Use this binding strip to bind the front edge of the clutch panel (see Topstitch Binding).
8). Take the strip of black stripe binding fabric. Use a 2.5cm (1in) bias tape maker to create your strip of binding or follow Step 4 instructions to create your binding manually. Unfold one end of the binding strip, fold the raw end in by 5mm (1⁄4in) and press. Then refold the binding in place and press well to create a neat end.
9). Open out one long folded edge of the binding. Line the raw edge of the folded in end up with the top corner of the clutch front, right sides together. Sew the binding into place along the crease in the binding, 1.5cm (1⁄2in) from the raw edges. Sew in place, all the way around the raw clutch edge until you reach the other side of the clutch front. When you reach the corners of the opening flap, mitre the corners (see Standard Continuous Binding). At the end, trim the binding 5mm (1⁄4in) longer than needed, fold the end in and sew the neat folded end in place.
10). Fold the binding evenly over to the other side of the clutch, enclosing the raw clutch edges, much like you would to bind a quilt. Neatly ladder stitch (see Useful Stitches) the folded binding edge in place by hand all the way around the clutch.
11). Ladder stitch the folded front and back sections of the binding together at the front corners, as shown in the photograph (below).
12). Place the covered button over the centre of the large crocheted flower. Sew the button into place, also taking the stitches through the crocheted flower to secure all the layers together.
When you reach the bottom of the gussets go slowly, taking care to flatten out the bottom layer of fabric as you go to avoid puckering.
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