Oh simple clutch, I love you. Mainly because you were, as the name implies, simple to make. You are also simple in style, which is a plus because I'm really bad a fashion. But more so I love you because I didn't have to go buy any materials to make you (cha-ching). I'm trying to be mindful of my ever-growing stash of fabric, but it's difficult to find projects that use up extra scraps & don't require a bunch of yardage. This clutch, however, totally fits that bill (& I got to use more of this fabric that I'm still totally smitten with). Wham bam done - I may need to make a few of these.
What you'll need to make a clutch:
- A rectangular piece of vinyl, pleather, etc. for outer fabric
- A matching rectangle of lining fabric, like cotton
- Sewing machine & notions
- A zipper as long as the shortest side of the fabric
- Ribbon, cording, or extra fabric for strap
[Before you start sewing with vinyl, read this tip! It will make your life 10x less stressful.]
- Start by sewing your liner & outer fabrics together, wrong side out. Sew on three sides, leaving one of the shorter sides open. Turn fabrics right-side out. Then pin one side of your zipper to the narrowest side of the fabric, & sew in place.
- Fold the other narrow end up, then pin & sew the other half of the zipper in place (it helps to unzip the zipper at this point).
- Stitch up both sides of the bag, making sure both ends of the zipper end up inside the bag.
- Tie a strap through your zipper! I used a small piece of leftover vinyl that I simply folded in thirds & stitched up the middle of.
P.S. I'm just now realizing this clutch is a giant version of this coin purse! Basically.