Take your Christmas party outfits to the next level by stitching this stunning clutch pattern designed by Debbie Wainhouse. It’s the perfect accessory for any gathering and it’s big enough to hold your makeup, phone or anything else you need to bring with you!
It would also be a fabulous accessory to bring to a special event, such as a wedding or a celebration. This clutch bag sewing pattern would make a lovely gift too!
In this clutch purse pattern, we’ll show you how to create this beautiful rippled effect to your bag with Debbie’s step by step guide. We’ve used gold fabric for a festive feel, but you could make it in any colour that you love.
This pattern was first published in Simply Sewing Magazine. Simply Sewing is a practical magazine for those who sew or want to learn. It’s packed with lovely sewing projects to make and expert sewing tutorials to boost your skills.
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Read on to learn how to make Debbie’s clutch bag pattern.
- Seam allowance is 1cm unless otherwise stated
- You may want to change your needle to a heavy-duty denim needle to sew through the layers of faux leather.
You Will Need
- Faux leather fabric (65x50cm)
- Cotton fabric (65x50cm)
- Metal zip (30cm)
- Fabric clips
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
From the faux leather fabric cut:
- Outer: two 32x22cm
- Frill: 64x19cm
From the cotton lining cut:
- Lining: two 32x22cm
Making the frill
Take the Frill piece and lay onto one of the Outer bag pieces. Use sewing clips to concertina the fabric into folds so that it fits onto the main bag piece. Ours has six pleats spaced approximately 2.5-3cm apart, but you can make as many or as few as you like.
Cut a curved wedge from the right-hand side of the frill 8cm up from the bottom of the fill and curving down to the other side so you end up with an asymmetric ruffle.
Staystitch the frills in place all the way around the edge 5mm from the edge so that when you sew the bag pieces together the ends of the frill will be enclosed in the seam. Staystitching at this stage makes it easier to sew the zip in place as the frills won’t shift around. This piece is now your Bag Front.
Making the bag
Place one end of the zip right side (RS) down onto the Bag Front on top of the frill edge. Then place the Lining fabric over the top so the zip is sandwiched between the layers. Clip in place and stitch using a zip foot.
Step two Fold the Lining out and topstitch the Lining to the zip tape and faux leather hem. Ordinarily, you would fold it all over and topstitch the front to the back but that would squash the frills and might be too thick to go through your sewing machine.
Repeat for the Bag Back and other Lining piece and topstitch the lining in the same way. Open out the bag so that your faux leather pieces are RS together and your lining pieces are RS together.
Open your zip to halfway so you can turn the bag through after stitching. Sew all the way around leaving a gap of approx. 17cm in the bottom of the bag lining. Clip each of the four corners, making sure not to cut through your stitching.
Turn the bag through and poke out each corner. Check you are happy with your sewing and then stitch the gap in the bag lining closed with a scant 2mm hem in matching thread or slip stitch for an invisible finish.
You’re all done! We hope you enjoyed making this glamorous clutch pattern.