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« on: January 09, 2011 12:30:37 PM »

Over this winter break I decided I wanted to try writing a tutorial. This tutorial has definitely been done before, but I hope my version will help make this project seem easier to someone! This is the first tutorial I have written so please let me know if there is anything that is unclear and I will try my best to help clarify!

Here is what you will end up with:

First what you need:

    * 4 pieces of fabric 5'' X 6.25''(12.5cm X 16cm) - 2 of the outside fabric, and 2 of the lining fabric
    * 1 piece of fabric (for the strap) 13'' X 2.5'' (35cm X 6cm)
    * 1 Zipper (the one shown is a 7inch zipper, but I cut 1.5'' off the end, don't worry, ill show you below!)
    * Thread (this will show on the outside of the clutch, so pick a colour you like)

Because I had a zipper that was too long, I had to shorten it a bit. To do this start by sewing over the zipper about half a centimeter in from where you will be cutting it. The simply cut off the end you don;t need, in this case about 1.5 inches (or 3.5 cm).  Hopefully you can see this in the second picture below.

Once your zipper is the right size, you will want to sew a little piece of fabric on to each end of the zipper. This will help to make the edges of the zipper look nice and clean once it is all sewed together.

Now that you have a good looking zipper, you want to start sewing the sides of the clutch onto the zipper. First place the liner fabric (right side UP), then place the zipper on top of the liner fabric with the top zipper edge aligned with the top of the liner fabric. Finally place the outer fabric on top of the zipper (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, and aligning the top edges together. Now just pin along the top edge and sew the three layers together. (Remember to use your zipper foot!)

Now flip the pieces of fabric you sewed down to the other side of the zipper, so you can see the bare side of the zipper. Again place the liner under the zipper (right side UP) with the top edge of the zipper aligning with the top edge of the liner fabric. Place the outside fabric (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, the same way you did with the previous side. Now pin the three layers together and sew along the top edge.

Look at how great it is so far! ....Now, flip the fabric you just sewed so the right side is out and the zipper can be seen on the top and the bottom. Once you have done this, pin down the fabric around the zipper, you will be pinning through the outer fabric, the zipper and the lining fabric.

Sew around the edge of the zipper. Make sure you use a colour of thread you like, because this will show (also keep using that zipper foot!).

 Now the clutch is almost ready, but we have to make the strap first. This part is nice and easy. Take your long piece of fabric and fold it in half (right sides TOGETHER) and sew along the edge, creating a tube. Now, turn that tube inside out and iron flat with the seam in the middle.

For this next part make sure you leave the zipper OPEN!!

Pin the pieces of fabric so that the outside fabrics are touching (right sides together), and the lining pieces of fabric are together. Fold the strap in half (with the seam inside the fold) and then slide the strap into the side of the outside fabric section. (the next picutre shows this in more detail). Once it is all pinned together sew around the rectangle you have created, BUT make sure you leave an area open in the lining. The area I left open is marked with the two tall pins. It is also important to make sure you sew over the strap a few times so that it is nice and secure.

This is just a more detailed picture showing how to slide the strap into the outer fabric section.

We are almost done! Now that you have this rectangle all sewed, trim the edges, cut your threads, and flip it inside out through the hole you left in the bottom. You will see you almost have a clutch, but there is still that hole in the bottom.

Pin the whole in the bottom closed so no raw edges show, and then sew it closed! (again, this stitching will show, so pick a colour of thread you like).

Push the lining into the clutch, push out the corners, and sit back and admire your lovely clutch!!

And add a label if you wish Smiley

I hope that this is helpful! Please comment and let me know if anything is unclear. Good luck sewing Smiley

Also, a few more details can be found on my blog: http://asewciallife.blogspot.com/2011/01/zippered-clutch-tutorial.html


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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011 01:05:23 PM »

Great Tutorial! I think it's very clear Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011 03:18:58 PM »

I like how you showed the zipper portion... Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011 04:35:20 PM »

This is great. Love the zipper part too. Thanks!

« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 07:48:26 PM »

This is a great tutorial!!  I have been so hesitant to try something like this with a zipper, and this makes it seem like it will be easy!
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2011 08:40:12 AM »

Thanks!! I'm glad to hear that it seems clear, if anyone ends up making it, please post a picture, I would love to see how it turns out! Smiley


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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011 12:35:50 PM »

Thank you so much. I've failed many times trying to get zippers in nicely. I have bookmarked this post.

« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011 01:17:08 PM »

Thank you so much. I've failed many times trying to get zippers in nicely. I have bookmarked this post.

No problem!  share a picture if you end up making it! Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2014 12:40:59 PM »

Great tutorial! Now I see what I've done wrong with my zippers!
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2017 01:58:22 PM »

This is a nice clear tutorial -- thank you!  I have one question and one comment ..... I have been sewing for many years but am always learning and tuts like yours are my primary source of new knowledge Smiley  My question has to do with the zipper -- love how it is enclosed between the lining and the outside fabric.  I have never cut a zipper -- have always had one that fit or left it "long"  as I was fearful that I would wreck it.  Can you do the same shortening technique with metal zips?  I have lots of zippers that are reclaimed, purchased from thrift shops or were handed down from my Mom and other sexists.  Many of the short ones I have right now are metal and I would like to make a pencil case for my granddaughter for school in the fall and I think the metal zips will likely be a bit sturdier then the nylon -- she's almost 6 but is hard on zips as most little ones are.   

I am 68 years old and grew up in a time of the spelling crazies -- that doesn't go away.  Could you please correct "whole" to "hole" -- I think you can still edit your post.

Again thank you so much for such a nice clear tut.  Immmmmm, how do I know when you have responded to my question?  (Oops, that makes 2 questions doesn't it Smiley ).  I read a lot of these types of posts but don't know how to get back to them if I happen to accidentally close the link on Safari before the answer appears ..... I am quite a lucite when it comes to computers!
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