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Make a Clutch Bag

Oct 27, 2008
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by Carol Spier
An Online Extra to Threads #113

Cloth purses or bags are quick and fun to sew. Plus, a one-of-a-kind handmade bag is a treat to carry, and makes for a creative, thoughtful gift. With personal touches and a range of fabrics, you can sew a purse that’s perfect for any style or occasion. We’ve gathered an assortment of small bags that celebrate the beauty of Chinese brocade, a luxe and colorful silk/rayon blend fabric. To make the bags—you can use any fabric you like—use the schematic diagrams and basic directions here.

To learn more about Chinese brocade, read “Exploring Chinese Silk-Faced Brocades” by Sarah Veblen in Threads #113.

Clutch bag

1. Use any proportion (bag shown here is 10-1/2 inches by 6-1/2 inches). Cut flap area no wider than finished bag width.

 

Cut flap areaBind top edgeBox the bottom corners1. Cut flap area no wider than finished bag width. 2. Bind edge of flap, adding three button loops. Sew side seams to make a pouch. 3. Box the bottom corners

Get patterns and instructions for more chic purses:

Pleated pouch bag

Drawstring bag

Drawings: Carol Ruzicka

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  2. willstella March 12th

    My best friend is getting married the next week and I am the bride's maid. I was so confused till the last minute what
    accessory should I team up with my evening gown. I finally got an oversized bow shaped clutch bag and it's lovely! I think it
    is going to look perfect, but I am still not sure whether to go for a classy white or experiment with black? What do you
    think would look better?
    Regards
    handbags

  3. willstella March 12th

    My best friend is getting married the next week and I am the bride's maid. I was so confused till the last minute what
    accessory should I team up with my evening gown. I finally got an oversized bow shaped clutch bag and it's lovely! I think it
    is going to look perfect, but I am still not sure whether to go for a classy white or experiment with black? What do you
    think would look better?

  4. mama50 November 3rd

    Hi Carol ,
    your bag is Beautiful!!!
    thanks,Wanda

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