Are you looking for the perfect little clutch or handbag? Tired of combing the stores for something unique and glamorous that won’t break the bank? What if you could make the perfect bag yourself? All you need is the right tools, some imagination, and the ability to sew.
- Fabric for the outside of the bag
- Fabric for the lining
- Metal Clasp and/or chain
- A Rotary Cutter
- Grid Ruler
- Sewing machine
- metal clutch frame (etsy)
- double sided fusible interfacing
- Coordinating thread
- Fabric Glue
- Fusible Fleece
Suggested Fabric and Chains
1: Start by cutting 13-by-13 1/2-inch pieces from outer fabric, lining fabric, and heavyweight fusible stabilizer. Cut a 10 1/2-by-13-inch piece of fusible fleece. Fuse heavyweight stabilizer to wrong side of outer fabric using your iron, then fuse fleece to center of stabilized side of fabric.
2: Fold right sides of outer and lining fabrics together, sew 1/2-inch seams along both 13 1/2-inch edges.
3: Turn sewn pieces so right sides are facing out, and press seams flat with your iron.
4: Fold in half, matching seams at top, with lining on inside. Sew a 1/4-inch seam on outside raw edges, then trim seam allowances to 1/8 inch and snip in at the corners. Turn again, so outside fabric is on the inside. Sew 1/4-inch seam along edges, creating a finished French seam, then turn right side out.
5: Fold the corners down; mark and sew a 2-inch gusset on each. Trim corner to 1/8 inch. Turn again so lining faces out; sew a 1/4-inch seam along gussets to finish seams. Turn the purse skin right side out.
6: Apply a bead of fabric glue to metal frame. Center over top seam, carefully insert fabric in metal frame, and secure in place with tape. Allow glue to set for several hours.
7: Remove tape, tuck outside corners behind frame, and snap closed.
8: To add a chain, you can either sew the chain directly into the lining at the corners, or you can sew in a jump ring and use a lobster claw to adhere the chain to the ring, so that the chain is removable.
The finished product is a cool new clutch similar to the one pictured above. With practice and patience you can create a whole new handbag wardrobe to accompany any outfit. You can customize your handbag with gems, beads, or any other embellishment you choose. The only limit is your own imagination.