How to make an envelope clutch bag

Brighten up your craft space with a slice of summer with Jennie Jones' clasp-fastened envelope clutch bag DIY in a mouth-watering watermelon print.

Free bag patterns: Envelope clutch bag DIY

The beauty of this beginner-friendly clutch bag sewing pattern is how little fabric you need to make it! All you need is a fat quarter of your favourite prints and a few simple supplies to make your very own summer-ready accessory.

Note: In this free bag pattern we’ve used a 1cm (³/₈in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

 

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You Will Need

  • Fabric (1 fat quarter), We've used Watermelon from the Tropical Spring range by Rico. Available from www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk
  • Magnetic clasp set
  • Faux leather (Scraps)
  • Wadding (40x21cm (15¾x8¼in))
  • Basic sewing kit

Total time:

Cutting out

Step 1

From the fat quarter cut two pieces 42x23cm (16½x91/in).

Step 2

Find the centre point on one of the short edges of one fabric piece. Measure 12cm (4¾in) down one of the long edges and cut between these points. Repeat on the other side. This creates the point for the flap.

Step 3

Repeat with the other fabric piece.

Step 4

From the faux leather cut two circles using a penny as a template.

From the faux leather cut two circles using a penny as a template.

Step 5

Pin one piece of fabric to the wadding, cut around it and then trim so the wadding is 1cm (³/in) smaller.

Step 6

Cut two circles of wadding slightly larger than the faux leather circles.

Sewing the outer and the linin

Step 7

Place one fabric piece right side (RS) up and fold the bottom edge up 14cm (5½in) so it is right sides (RS) together and pin.

Place one fabric piece right side (RS) up and fold the bottom edge up 14cm (5½in) so it is right sides (RS) together and pin.

Step 8

Sew down the two side seams.

Step 9

Repeat for the other fabric piece.

Attaching the clasp fastener

Step 10

Take one fabric piece for the lining and mark a point 4cm (1/in) down from the flap point and make a small incision. Make an incision in the centre of one of the faux leather and wadding circles.

Step 11

Push the prongs of the male half of the clasp through the incision in the faux leather, then the lining fabric on the RS, then the wadding and attach the back of the clasp.

Step 12

Put the other fabric piece, for the outer, into the lining piece, RS together.

Step 13

Fold the flap down and mark where the centre of the clasp meets the outer.

Fold the flap down and mark where the centre of the clasp meets the outer.

Step 14

Transfer that mark to the corresponding position on the outer piece.

Step 15

Remove the outer piece and make small incisions in the marked spot and the second faux leather and wadding circles. Attach the female half of the clasp as before.

Attaching the outer and lining

Step 16

Replace the outer piece into the lining with RS facing and pin together.

Step 17

Using one continuous stitch starting from the base of the flap, sew the flap and top of the bag together, leaving a 5cm (2in) opening at the front.

Using one continuous stitch starting from the base of the flap, sew the flap and top of the bag together, leaving a 5cm (2in) opening at the front.

Step 18

Trim the excess fabric, turn RS out through the opening and press.

Step 19

Feed the wadding through the opening, starting with the pointed end.

Feed the wadding through the opening, starting with the pointed end.

Step 20

Topstitch along the flap and top of the bag and press to finish.

Topstitch along the flap and top of the bag and press to finish.
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