Cute clutch with strap tutorial

I can’t let “new” fabric sit for long before the imagination starts going so I’m starting with a cute herringbone flannel remnant and some old satiny jammy pants.

Sometimes I work from a pattern but more often than not, I just make one up. For me, it’s just more fun. image



I used graph paper here so I measured after, leaving me with a few odd measurements…just round up or down if that bothers you.

cut one of each of the following from the main fabric, the lining, and the interfacing:

front: 9.75″ x 6.5 (bottom corners rounded)

back and flap: 9.75″ x 14.75″ (all corners rounded)

bottom and sides: 23″ x 2.5″

clutch strap: 8.25″ x 2

strap edges: 2″ x 3″ (cut 2 of each)


More efficient to cut on the fold here.




Easier to cut with a full pattern here. Upcycled fabric is often odd shaped and more difficult to work with.



imageNow…let’s sew!


Now that we have all the pieces we need, let’s start sewing. Let me start by saying, this is not the normal way I make a bag. Usually, I would build the outer then the inner and do a whole lot of sewing and flipping but this one is a little different. If you want to add a magnetic snap, you’ll need to add these before putting all these pieces together. I’ve never made this purse before and I don’t want to guess on placement, so I’m going to go with a button…plus, I have a cute one in mind that I snipped off a shirt at some point.




Now we have to add a few things to the back/flap piece.







imageAnd…Voila! A cute little clutch with a strap that is very hip and trendy.


Now go find some cute fabric…maybe disguised as something completely different your closet…and make this cute little clutch.

Or buy this one in my Pursenal Issues Etsy shop!







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