Thursday, August 16, 2012

'Pin'spired Clutch

I found this pin here a little while ago and I really like the idea...but then I couldn't find the actual website/tutorial that it goes to only the image.  So I kinda just made my own. 

Okay, prepare yourselves, this tutorial is quite lengthy compared to what I've been posting!  But the process is really pretty simple and it comes together really quickly.   I can't really remember what measurements I used but I will include my estimates. 

-main fabric
-velcro, or any type of closure

Start by cutting the circles, you will need 1 piece of interfacing and 2 pieces of lining.  The radius of the circle determines the height of your clutch.   Cut all the circles in half.  The radius of my circles were about 5.5 inches. 

To make the divider, cut a rectangle that has the same length as the diameter of your circles (plus seam allowances).  The width is up to you.  You will need 2 lining and 1 interfacing.  Mine is about 10 inches by 7 inches. 

For the outside, start with the rectangle that is the same size as the divider.  Then add a couple inches in length for the flap.  This is the real reason why I can't remember my measurements, I was making this out of an old pair of shorts so I was trying to see how big I could make it out of one short leg.  You will need 1 interfacing, 1 lining, and 1 main fabric. 

So fuse, sew or otherwise attach your interfacing.   To make the divider, sew along all the edges, right sides together, and leave a small opening.  Clip the corners, flip right side out and press.  I added some top stitching along all the edges just because. 

To make the little clamshell thingies, sew all along the curved edge with the right sides together.  Notch the curved edge, flip right side out and press.   I also top stitched along the curved edge. 

The dots are where you will attach the divider later.  The lines are where I sewed along the creases, this is optional but I think it makes it look a bit neater.  Make sure that all the seams are on the inside.  So start by folding the half circle in half, right sides in.  Sew along the folded edge (where the arrow is) as close to the edge as you can while still catching all the layers of fabric.   To determine the next point, fold it into third, leave a little overhang for the seam allowance.  The fold on the left is where you will attach the divider later, and the fold on the right (where the arrow points) is where you will sew next.  Repeat on the opposite side.  Again, the bumpy side with the seams is the inside, and the smooth side is the outside.  Repeat on the other clam shell. 

Next, take the 2 main pieces, right sides together.  You will want to place the semicircles on the inside, outside facing the main fabric.  Sew all the way around leaving a small opening, flip right side out and press.  You can either slip stitch it closed or top stitch all around.  

Add your velcro.  

When I went to add my divider I realized it was actually way too long so I added some seams to the middle giving it more of a flat bottom.  Then you can either hand stitch the divider in place, like the pin shows, or you can use your machine.  I used my machine to stitch about 1/2 inch just along the top.  

And you're done!  For some reason, I was thinking that this was going to be really complicated but was actually pretty simple.  It just looks complicated because of the interior.  


  1. This is really clever, I'm not sure I could have made it from the pin to the finished project!

    1. Thanks! I know I was really surprised that it actually worked out the way it did!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial..already have a fan from spain

  3. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:

  4. WOW! Your fabric is whimsical and fun. What a cute clutch. Really well done.

    1. thanks! the only redeeming trait of the wal-mart in honolulu is that they sell these really crazy 'aloha shirt' type of fabrics!!

  5. so adorable! And seems pretty simple to make.. going to have to try this! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  6. As always, another adorable project! I love seeing what you have to share each week! Thank you SO much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you again this week!


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