Guest blogger series | Clutch purse tutorial

by Admin on 09/10/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Jewellery+Accessories, Whip Up Tutorials

Jorth is written by Leisl, who lives in Melbourne and loves to knit, sew, cook, read and generally create whilst living a green life. You can visit her site at her blog Jorth.

Hi, my name is Leisl from Jorth, and I have created a super easy tutorial for a cute clutch purse. You can use it as a purse, as a make up bag, a travelling jewellery case – anything! They are quick to make, and make excellent gifts. Keep them in mind for Christmas and birthdays – or maybe just make up a whole bunch for yourself!

Things you will need:

  • One piece of fabric measuring 25 x 30cm (9 x 12 inches) (in this case a print from Ink and Spindle was used.
  • One piece of lining fabric measuring 25 x 30cm (9 x 12 inches)
  • One piece of medium weight iron-on fusing measuring 23 x 28cm (9 x 11 inches)
  • One metre/yard of ribbon
  • Threads, to match

Note: seam allowances are 1cm, unless otherwise specified.

Step 1: Cut out fabric according to dimensions, then fuse the iron-on fusing onto the wrong side of the lining fabric, leaving a 1cm (.4 inch) border around all edges. This border will be your seam allowance.

Step 2: Fold your outside fabric piece into in equal thirds at 9cm (3.5inches) from the top and 20cm (8inches) from the top. Press the fold lines.

Step 3: Place the centre of your ribbon into the centre of the middle outside fabric folded section. Stitch the ribbon to this section only, sewing as close to the ribbon edge as possible.

Step 4: Place the outside fabric and lining fabric together, right sides facing, carefully tucking in the ribbon so you don’t sew over it. Sew the side seams and top seam, clipping corners. Turn right side out, and press.

Step 5: Fold down the 1cm seam allowance of the bottom seam, so the seam allowance is hidden inside. Press, then sew the seam closed. Press.

Step 6: Fold the bottom section of the clutch so it meets the top fold. Starting from the bottom left hand corner, sew the sides of the clutch together, continuing along the top side and top edge of the clutch, then down along the right side, using a 0.7cm seam allowance.


Fold over the top flap of your clutch, tie your ribbon and voila! One finished clutch!

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1 Mae Wilson October 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for the clearly written tutorial. I’m going to make some of these for Christmas presents- and I’d be delighted if I won your give away. No vegemite, please.


2 Ali October 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Ooo, thank you for the well written tutorial and thank you for introducing me to this blog! I’m a fan of yours too. I’d love it if I could win both this clutch since I’m a huge fan of this fabric. I’m not sure about the vegemite since I only know Marmite.


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