Tutorial for Sewing a Clutch Purse

  • 01 of 09

    Materials To Sew A Clutch Purse

    Fashionable woman holding a clutch purse
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    Many clutch style purses are just too small to carry the things you need! Here's one that is small but has room to carry the essentials. Use trims to make the purse your style. Various chains are available in notion departments that make a delicate strap for carrying.


    • 1/4 yard of fabric
    • 1/4 yard of lining
    • interfacing
    • thread
    • Print out of the pattern in PDF format
    • 1" of 1" wide hook and loop tape
    • Optional; 26" of trim for outer edge
    Continue to 2 of 9 below.
  • 02 of 09

    Cutting Directions

    Photo of the cut out pieces for a clutch purse
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Cut two of the pattern on the fold as shown on the pattern piece from the purse fabric and the lining fabric.
    • Cut two 4" by 9" strips of purse fabric
    • Interface the two 4" by 9" strips
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  • 03 of 09

    Assemble The Top Strips

    Photo of the sewn top bands
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Fold right sides together on the length of the interfaced strips. Sew 1/2" seams on the narrow ends.
    • Sew hook and loop tape to one side of each band, sewing through only one layer of fabric.
    • Trim seam allowance and turn right side out. Press. Baste raw edges together.
    Continue to 4 of 9 below.
  • 04 of 09

    Sew Gathering Stitches

    The upper edge of the body of the clutch purse
    Debbie Colgrove

    On the cut out pattern pieces, sew two rows of gathering stitches inside the 1/2" seam allowance, between the notches on the curved edge.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Attaching The Top Strip

    Photo of the top band placement
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Lay the center of the strips raw edge on the fold line (center of the area between the notches). Pin in place. (Note: Lay the body of the bag on the opposite side of the strip that you applied your closure)
    • Align the notches with the sewn ends of the strip and pin in place. Match notches to the end of the strip.
    • Gather the body of the bag to fit the strip, evenly distributing the gathers.
    • Repeat for the other strip and body piece.
    • Stitch in place using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Optional: Apply trim to the seam allowance on the body of the bag.
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  • 06 of 09

    Body Assembly

    Photo of the body of the purse sewn
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Place the right sides of the body of the bag together. Stitch them together starting at the end of one strip, around the edges until you reach the other end of the strip.
    • Turn right side out.
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  • 07 of 09

    The Lining

    A photo of the lining being attached
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Sew two rows of gathering stitches inside the 1/2" seam allowance, between the notches on the curved edge, as you did on the body of the bag.
    • Center the lining on the strips, on the opposite side as the body of the bag so the seam allowance will be enclosed when the bag is finished. Gather as you did the body of the bag. Apply a seam finish to the seam allowance.
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  • 08 of 09

    Sewing the Lining

    A photo of the sewing lining and opening
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Keeping the body of the bag away from the edges of the lining, pin the edges of the lining and sew a seam from where the lining joined the strip to the bottom of the bag lining.
    • Leave an area 3-4" wide open for turning the bag. Stitch the remaining lining.
    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    Finishing the Lining

    Photo of turning the purse right sides out
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Turn the bag right side out. Pin the lining closed and slip stitch the opening closed.
    • Press.
    • Attach a chain at the "hinge" of the strips with hand stitches if desired.