Asymmetrical Clutch Tutorial with Free Pattern
The Holidays are upon us, which means gifting is in full swing! Sometimes, gifting can be tough, especially on your budget. But alas, handmade gifts are both budget-friendly and personal, which make the holiday season better for everyone! So, I thought I would share a little clutch tutorial with you, just in time to make something special and fun for that special and fun someone on your list. Enjoy! What you’ll need: – about 1/4 yard of 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the outside of the clutch, one for the inside). – about 1/4 yard of fusible interfacing –Snaps/Snap Setter Tool (or magnetic closure or velcro – whatever you plan to use as a closure) – Basic sewing supplies (scissors, sewing machine, etc.) Steps: 1. Print out the pattern pieces. Match up the stars for the fabric piece, tape them together, and cut out the pattern. The piece labeled “Fabric” will be used for both your inner and outer fabrics. Repeat the same steps to cut out the interfacing pattern. The piece labeled “Interfacing” will only be used for your interfacing. If you’d like, you can re-trace them onto poster board or cardboard to keep for future use! 2. With your outer fabric facing right-side up. Turn the pattern piece upside-down on the fabric, then trace and cut. This might feel funny, but trust me, you’re doing it right:) 3. With the same pattern piece, take your inner fabric facing right-side up. Turn the pattern piece right-side up, then trace and cut. 4. Now, take your interfacing and place it right-side up (right side is the side that feels rougher – the side that does not fuse to the fabric). Place the interfacing pattern piece right-side up, trace and cut. **I wanted to share that the reason the interfacing piece is smaller is because it will make turning your clutch WAY easier later on. It also helps give the asymmetrical flap a better shape. 5. Now, you should have 3 cut pieces (outer fabric, inner fabric, and interfacing). 6. Following the instructions for your fusible interfacing, iron the fusible piece (right-side up) to your outer fabric piece (right-side down). 7. With your outer fabric facing right-side up, fold the bottom of the piece up about half way and pin. Basically, the crease of the fold should be where the widest part of the fabric is (just make sure it looks right when you fold the top part down:). Repeat this with your inner fabric. 8. Sew about 1/4″ down the sides of each piece. When they are lying side-by-side, it should look like this: 9.(Optional step) Press down the corners and pin. Then, sew about 1/2″ across and cut off the excess (do this with both the outer and inner pieces). This step is optional – you can complete the clutch without it. But, this step gives your clutch a fuller bottom and makes for much more room inside if you do it! 10. Turn the outer fabric right-side out and put it inside the inner fabric (do not turn your inner fabric), like this: 11. Sew along where your fabrics touch (see pic below). Make sure to leave an opening big enough to pull the fabric through. 12. Pull the whole thing through that hole! Be careful with it – it might take some time, considering your fusible interfacing has given your fabric some strength. Once you get it through the whole, stuff the inner fabric inside the clutch. 13. Iron! Iron along all the creases, iron inside the clutch, just iron it all over to make it look nice and pretty. 14. Top stitch all the way around (which will also close that open hole). If you prefer not to top stitch, then you can either hand-stitch the hole closed or use some liquid stitch (a favorite of mine). 15. Add on your snap/closure! I chose to use some snaps, because that’s what I had handy. I’m a big fan of this snap setter tool and all the colorful snap options I can find with it. But, you can choose to close it up with velcro, a magnetic closure, whatever your heart desires! If you do choose to use something like a magnetic closure, though, make sure you add it before you sew your fabrics together!! Also, I thought I would add that my little clutch (although super cute with two little snaps) might have been easier to open/close with a different closure. Gotta work with what you’ve got! Voila! You’ve got yourself a cute little clutch to hold your keys, phone, and wallet! Or, you could be sweet and gift it to someone else. Whatever you do, make it fun and personal. And Happy Holidays!! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook for more tutorials and deals!