It’s time to turn that quilted fabric into a Crazy Cool Clutch Purse!
There’s a lot of steps to get to this point, I think you’ll agree it’s well worth the effort when you’re done.
Let’s get started Making Your Crazy Cool Clutch Purse
Your Materials List
- Quilted fabric from steps 1 -4
- 3/8 yard lining fabric
- 8″ piece of light weight iron on interfacing
- 4 1/2″ plastic lid
- Rotary Cutter, Ruler and mat
- 14mm magnetic Snap closure set
- seam ripper
- small hammer
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From the quilted fabric
- 2 pieces 10-1/2” x 6-1/2” for front and back
- 1 piece 10-1/2” X 5-1/2” for the flap
Tip >>> You can cut your pieces from any part of your quilted fabric, picking a choosing the parts you like best or cut them all side BY side (if the fabric allows), and they will all flow through the purse.
From lining/pocket fabric
- 2 pieces 10-1/2” x 6-1/2” for front and back*
- 1 piece 10-1/2” X 5-1/2” for flap.
- 2 pieces 7” X 5-1/2” for slip pocket*
- 1 piece 6” X 5-1/2” for slip pocket*
*These pieces are for in a later post
Clutch Purse Assembly
Use 1/4” seams and stitch your pieces with right sides together
- Sew the outside (quilted fabric) front and back together, pivot stitching at each corner and, leave one long side open for turning.
- Clip corners, turn right side out and set aside.
Shape the Flap
(I’ll be using different samples to show the process in the following steps)
This is the way I do my snap closures to find the best placement – It isn’t scientific but it seems to work out 🙂
- Find the center of the flap lining, and measure up 1 1/4”. Do this on the quilted fabric top – don’t worry it won’t show later.
- Use the washer to mark placement.
- Mark the center with a pencil, press a small square of interfacing over that. Put the washer back one top, aligning the center hole with the mark you made. You should be able to see it through your interfacing.
The interfacing will add a bit of extra durability
- Now mark the two straight lines. This is where the prongs will go be inserted.
- Use a seam ripper and make tiny slits along the marks you made, just big enough for the prongs to fit through.
- From the Back Side, push the prongs of the male side of the snap closure the holes.
- Thread the washer through the prongs, and hammer the prongs over them as shown
Now to figure out where to place the snap on the bag front
Maybe it’s easier to do this before the back and front are sewn together…
But this is what I did, so I’m going to show you that.
- Find the center of the bag front – mark with a pin
- Pin the straight edge of the front flap to the top of the purse back, with edges even, using a 1/4″, seam baste in place.
- Fold it over as if closing the bag and eye where the snap will fall when it’s folded over to the front
- Once you’re satisfied with the placement; follow the same steps as the female side of the snap. This time the snap part will be on the outside of the bag and the prongs on the inside
Keep in mind that you’ll need to compensate for the flap going over the top of the bag and the bag having stuff in it.
Wow – that was a ton to cover today.
Next up: The slip pocket and add a few other fun doodads 🙂
Adele, Blogging the Creative Life
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