17 March 2015

DIY: Oversized Fabric Clutch

I don't think you can have too many clutches and I don't believe you can ever carry too much stuff around with you, which is why I have been on the hunt for the perfect fabric placemat or table runner to make an easy oversized clutch. Don't worry if you don't have or can't use a sewing machine, you don't need one. 

  • Fabric Table Runner or Placemat
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Zip
  • Trim or Fringing (Optional)


You'll need to find a table runner or a placemat that folds in half to the size clutch you would like. The placemat I chose folds in half to perfect A4 size. I wanted to use something like a table runner or placemat as it means you don't have to bother lining the clutch. 


Unzip your zip and pin one side of the zipper tape to the inside edge of your fabric. Make sure the zip pull will be on the outside of the clutch! I pinned the zip so that the edge of my fabric was in line with and almost touching the zipper teeth


Fold the fabric in half and pin the other side of the zipper tape to the other edge of the fabric. Before you move onto the next step and start sewing, you may want to turn the fabric right way out to check how the zipper looks and works.  


Now sew the zipper in place, being careful only to sew through the lining layer so that your stitches don't show on the outside of the clutch. You could use a sewing machine here if you like. I didn't because I don't have a zipper foot and hand sewing doesn't take that long. 


Turn your clutch inside out, pin the sides closed and sew along each of the two edges.  I sewed as close to the edge as possible. When you turn the clutch back out the right way, the layers of fabric on each side should give the clutch some shape and hold. I intended to do this step with a sewing machine but the fabric was too thick to fit smoothly under the foot so I had to hand sew it anyway. 


Turn the clutch the right way out. You may also need to sew any gaps along the top of the clutch at each end of the zip if you aren't adding trim. And if you aren't adding fringing or trim, enjoy your new clutch! Otherwise, pin the trim to the clutch edges. I used one long piece around the three edge and put each end through the gaps at the end of the zip to fasten. Sew the trip in place and sew together any gaps at each end of the zip.


Et Voila! Your clutch is complete. 

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