Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tute-Happy Summer: Elegant Clutch

We're continuing our Tute-Happy Summer series today with a tutorial for an elegant clutch made using two fun prints from the Jungle Party collection. Enjoy the tutorial and then find the details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a bundle of Jungle Party prints to play with!

Combine a cool indigo snakeskin print with...

a fun lime zebra print lining!

1 fat quarter each indigo snakeskin print, lime zebra print and black solid
1/2 yard each Peltex and fusible fleece
1 magnetic snap
Paper and rounded object (we used a roll of masking tape) for template

 Step 1: Cut a 5-1/2" square from the paper. Round one corner using an object like a roll of masking tape or a bowl. This is your template for the clutch.

Step 2: Fold the indigo snakeskin print in half, wrong sides together, and place the template on top so one of the straight edges is aligned with the fold.  Tip: Press the fabric fold with the iron before laying the template on top and cutting.

Step 3: Cut 2 clutch shapes from the indigo snakeskin and 2 from the zebra print, with the curved edges by the zebra feet. Cut 2 clutch shapes from the fusible fleece. Cut two 5" x 10-1/2" pieces of Peltex and round the outer bottom corners using the template as a guide. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of zebra pieces and the Peltex to the wrong side of the snakeskin pieces, centering the Peltex so there is a fabric border around all sides.

Step 4: Cut an 8" x 11" black solid rectangle and fold in half to measure 4" x 11". Topstitch along the fold and position on one zebra lining piece, matching raw edges at the bottom. Pin in place and sew along the sides and bottom using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 5: Flip the lining piece over and trim off the black corners to match the clutch shape. 

Step 6. Layer the two snakeskin pieces right sides together and stitch around sides and bottom. Measure 2-1/4" down from the top edge, center left to right, and insert half the magnetic snap. Turn right side out.

Step 7: Layer the two zebra pieces right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving a 6" opening for turning.  

Step 8: Fold or trim the template so it measures 4-1/4" tall to make the flap template.

Step 9: Cut out 1 flap shape each from the snakeskin and the zebra print (note the zebras should be upside down, with their heads by the curved edges). Cut out 1 flap shape from the fusible fleece, and cut 1 Peltex piece measuring 3-3/4" x 10-1/2" and trim curved corners. Fuse fleece to the zebra piece and Peltex to the snakeskin piece. 

Step 10: Layer flaps right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom. Turn right side out and topstitch. 

Step 11: Measure 3" from straight edge and centered left to right, insert other half of the snap onto the zebra side of the flap.

 Step 12: Position the flap against the back (non snap side) of the outer bag, snakeskin sides touching and raw edges matching along the top. Pin in place and stitch to secure. 

 Step 13: Tuck the outer bag/flap combo into the lining, right sides facing. Line up side seams and pin the raw edges along the top. 

Step 14: Stitch along the top edge and turn clutch right side out through opening in the lining. Stitch the opening closed, and tuck the lining inside the clutch. Press well.  You're done! 

For a chance to win a bundle of Jungle Party prints, leave us a comment letting us know that you follow us on the blog or on Facebook. Also tell us--do you use clutches, or do you need a purse with a strap? Giveaway is open through Sunday, August 2nd at 11:59 pm EST. This giveaway is now closed, but be sure to check out our other tutorials, as we'll be sharing a tutorial and hosting a giveaway each week!

Check out each week of our Summer of Tutes!
Week 1: Sunglasses case  featuring Graphix 3
Week 2: The overnight bag featuring Who's Who

Week 3: Tablet case featuring Jungle Party 
Week 4: Patriotic pennants featuring Tone on Tone 
Week 6: Zig zag lunchbag featuring Graphix 3

Announcing our Table Topper Marblehead Pleasing Pastels bundle winner:

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  1. I follow via e-mail. I have to have a strap to keep both hands free. I would set a clutch down and forget it. :)

  2. I follow through e-mail. I do like a strap because I like hands free. Only time I use a clutch is at one holiday work event at my husband's place of employment. I made a "fancy" clutch a few years back and recycle each year.

  3. I love this pattern - I use clutches with and without a strap!!
    I follow you here by email and on facebook

  4. I follow via GFC. Thanks for the giveaway. I actually use both. I use a purse with a strap most of the time, but if I am running out to just pick up something, I will use a clutch.

  5. I follow through e-mail and Facebook. I would need a strap on a clutch as I would lay it down and forget it :)

  6. Cute! I tend to use a backpack mostly, but if I want to just grab stuff for a quick shopping trip, I have a clutch style with a wrist strap. I follow via email and on Facebook.

  7. I have to have either a shoulder strap or handles. This is cute!

  8. what wonderful fabrics. I use a purse with a strap for everyday use. I have just started using clutches for date nights, etc. The are so much fun and I feel so feminine using them.
    quilting lady 2 at Comcast dot net

  9. I follow you on blog lovin, I love purses of all types. Have a little bit of a handbag addiction!!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  10. I follow through GFC.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

  11. I follow through email. I would like a strap on my clutch and make it the size to fit my iPhone 6+.

  12. I follow you on facebook and get the blog email. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. I follow the blog with GFC. I have never tried using a clutch.

  14. I follow Fabri-Quilt, Inc. on FB as Kathy Newsom Davis. I do use a clutch, but keep it inside a bigger purse.

  15. Thanks for the Tutorial. I like a clutch, but also have a wrist strap to allow 'hands-free.' I follow on FB and RSS Feed.

  16. I am a Bloglovin' follower! I prefer a shoulder strap to my purses. I just feel more secure with having it hang on my body rather than in my hands where I'm liable to set it down and forget about it!

  17. I need a purse with a strap for sure, or I would be leaving my bag everywhere. I follow you on the blog via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net.

  18. I follow your blog of feedly. I mostly use a purse with a strap, and have only used clutches for "fancy" affairs, like my son's wedding. But the idea of a clutch is so appealing and makes me feel very ladylike.

  19. I follow via email. I am a purse with a strap girl. Those straps help me to keep track of it.

  20. Great tutorial!
    I follow your blog via GFC.

  21. I like the clutch the way it is.

  22. I follow your blog via GFC. I usually want a strap on my bags or purses. Your pattern is super cute and it could easily have a strap added for those of us who prefer it that way.

  23. I follow you on Bloglovin.

    I use both - a purse with a strap for every day use, and a clutch for evenings out. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  24. I follow on Facebook. I just subscribed by email. I like clutches for some outings. But mostly I need a purse with straps. I have too much junk to pack around. Lol! Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. I follow the blog via blog lovin'

  26. I follow you via e-mail and Facebook. I also use both clutches and purses with straps. Great tutorial Thank you so much.

  27. I follow you with bloglovin :) I only use clutches at weddings, the rest of the time I have a big tote full of stuff! Thanks for the lovely tutorial x

  28. I follow your inspiring blog via Bloglovin. Thanks for this clutch tutorial. I'd like to make several of these for Christmas gifts. I like clutches with rings on the sides and detachable straps.