Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Gathered Handle Clutch

You will need:
  • 7" zipper
  • 8x6 back panel (fabric A)
  • 8x3 top panel (fabric A)
  • 14x4 ruffle (fabric B)
  • 8x6 - 2 lining (fabric B)
  • 3x12 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 8x3” 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. Start and stop 1/2" from the edge of the fabric. Repeat with second side.
  2. Open it up and press.
  3. I closed off the end of the zipper with a piece of embroidery thread by hand.
  4. Sew a close seam on either side of the zipper. Start and stop 1/2" from the ends. Then open the zipper.
  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 three edges.
  6. Repeat with lining, right sides together, but be sure to leave a 4” opening on the bottom so you can turn it right side out. 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!

    Lining inside
    These are great Christmas gifts!
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  1. So cute! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  2. Someday I'm going to try this! First I have to learn how to sew a zipper ;)

  3. Thank you for the tutorial! I made a little bag today and I had never sewn in a zipper and with your help it was pretty easy! I'm going to make several more - thank again

  4. I like this bag will be making soon thank you for this tutorial that is written out just love it


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