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How to Make an Envelope Clutch

August 11, 2011
This tutorial was originally shared on The CSI Project.

So let’s get started. First, we need to gather materials.

1 9″x12″ piece of exterior fabric
1 9″x12″ piece of interior fabric
1 9″x12″ piece of fusible interfacing
1 sew-on hook and eye closure
matching or contrasting thread

Fuse interfacing to wrong side of exterior fabric following manufacturer’s directions. Next, layer interior fabric right side up, then exterior fabric with wrong side up.

Using a disappearing marker or chalk, mark a dot along the top of the fabric, mid-way (4.5″ from either side). Also mark a dot 3″ down from top on both sides of the fabric. Connect the side dots to the top dot with a ruler.

Cut off the triangles you’ve created. This will leave you with a pointy top on your fabric.

Keeping your layering (fabrics right side together), sew around the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave about a 3″ opening on bottom edge for turning. Clip corners. Next, turn project right side out. Fold opening in 1/4″ and press.

Top stitch around entire clutch, closing the opening. Fold bottom of clutch up, almost meeting the points where you cut off the triangles. Press. Stitch along the sides, following as closely as possible your previous top stitching. This will create the body of the bag.

Finally, carefully handstitch your clasp onto your clutch. Place the hook on the center of the pointy part. To place the eye, pull the hook down a little tight and mark that spot. This will give you a good tension on your bag clasp.

And voila! You’ve got a very simple and quick envelope clutch that’s perfect for holding just your necessities: keys, cards, and your lipstick for an elegant night out on the town. 

Thanks again for letting me share this project with you! It’s a lot of fun because it’s not too difficult or time-consuming, so it gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. Plus, it can be embellished in so many different ways and is a great way to use smaller pieces of fabric you’ve got hanging around your craft room.
8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 8:19 pm

    Very cute and a great idea! I wonder if you could make a smaller on with layer cake pieces.

  2. August 11, 2011 9:37 pm

    I love the fabrics 🙂

  3. August 11, 2011 11:07 pm

    Love this! Cute bags are my kryptonite. Thanks for sharing. ;)Michelle @ ~ Get back to nature.

  4. August 12, 2011 2:07 am

    Cute! I love the fabric! I really need to start dabbling on my sewing machine. Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day!

  5. August 13, 2011 10:15 pm

    This is super cute! I LOVE it! Great blog, am a new follower :).

  6. August 14, 2011 4:04 am

    Cute! Great job!

  7. August 14, 2011 8:18 pm

    That is adorable and you make it look so easy. I a big fan of the pretty liner.I am a new follower from the Baby Bottom Line Sunday Hop. Would love a follow back @http://messforless.blogspot.comthanks!

  8. August 18, 2011 7:51 pm

    I love your blog, am a new follower and stopping by from the Having Fun Blog Hop. Would love a follow backBriny

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