Today I’m revisiting a tutorial from September 2010. It was featured a while back so it continues to be the #1 viewed tutorial on the blog. This clutch/wristlet is the perfect size for a quick trip to the store or a night out to dinner. You can fit your phone, lipstick & money inside with a little room to spare. Let’s get started!
You will need:
  • 7″ zipper
  • 8×6 back panel (fabric A)
  • 8×3 top panel (fabric A)
  • 14×4 ruffle (fabric B)
  • 8×6 – 2 lining (fabric B)
  • 3×12 handle (fabric A)

To make the handle:

  1. Fold fabric in half long-wise. Press. Open and fold in each long edge, press again. Close the handle and sew a seam close to the edge.
  2. Fold it in half, making a loop. Sew a seam 1/4” from the edge.
To make the ruffle:
  1. Sew a long straight stitch by hand very close to the edge.
  2. Gather until it is 8” in width. Pin it carefully, right sides together, with the 8×3” piece of fabric
  3. Sew a 1/2” seam.
  4. Remove gathering stitch and press open. Press down the pleats making it back into a rectangle.

To assemble the bag:

  1. Layer right side of fabric up (with ruffle), zipper teeth down and lining right side down. Stitch with your zipper foot close to the zipper. Repeat with second side.
  2. Open it up and press.
  3. Disregard this picture, it’s an unnecessary step.
  4. Sew a top stitch on either side of the zipper. Open the zipper until it’s about an inch from the edge.
  5. Put the outer fabric right sides together, insert the handle between the pieces close to the zipper and stitch a 1/2” seam along all four edges, leaving about a 4″ opening on the bottom edge of the lining..
  6. Clip all 4 corners, being careful not to clip the seams.
  7. Turn right side out. Sew the hole closed on the bottom of the lining.
  8. Press the lining into the bag, zip and DONE!

What are you creating today?

3 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial: Gathered Handle Clutch {revisited}

    • I leave the zipper foot on, but it just depends on how close of a seam you make. You’d be fine if you use a regular presser foot too.


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