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Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift
I think it is really fun to give a handmade gift at Christmas.  Are you making any Christmas gifts this year? You still have time to whip up something special for your sister, daughter, mom, or BFF.  Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to make my Girlfriend Clutch so you can make one too. Follow along and I'll show you how it's done.
You can also make a single fabric version by omitting the gathered panel like I did in this post! 

Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift

Girlfriend Clutch Free pattern and Tutorial 

It doesn't take much fabric, Here's what you are going to need...


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift


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Cutting

Go here to download the pattern piece. Cut 2 for the interior, 2 for the exterior, and 2 out of fusible fleece or felt  not pictured (I like to use the thick felt cut from the bolt)

You'll need a 9 inch zipper (or longer).



Make your Additional cuts:

Pocket- 11 in. X 8 in. fold in half lengthwise and press

Accent Panel- 4 1/2 in. X 9 in. cut 1

Accent Strips- 1 1/2 in. X 6 in. cut 2 fold in half lengthwise and press

Strap- 11 in. X 3 in.


Sewing


Now you're ready.... Let's get started

1. Prepare the Exterior 


Iron fusible fleece or felt to the wrong side of exterior pieces.  Do not put iron directly on the fleece/felt.  It will melt.  Lay accent panel right side down on ironing board.  Fold each long edge over 1/2 inch and press. Sew a gathering stitch (longest stitch length on your machine) about 1/8 inch from folded edge on each side.


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift








Pin each short edge to the center top and bottom of front exterior.  Gather the fabric to the width of the clutch.  Slip the accent strips just under the gathered edge and pin in place.

Ruffled Front -  Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift



Topstitch the gathers, stitching just to one side of the gathering stitches.  Pull out the gathering threads and set aside.
Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift

2. Prepare the strap

Take strap and fold long edges toward center of wrong side of fabric 1/2 inch on each side and press.  Fold in half matching folded edges and press.  Basically you are making a strip of double fold bias tape.


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift

Topstitch about 1/8 inch away from each long edge.  Fold finished strap in half and position it about 1 in down from the top on one of the exterior pieces, baste in place. 
Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift


3. Prepare the Interior

Fold pocket piece in half lengthwise.  Center pocket over the middle of the clutch interior, matching the pocket raw edge to the bottom, pin in place.  Topstitch in two places to form pockets. Backstitch at the top of each pocket so it's nice and secure. I like to make my center pocket wide enough to slip a credit card into it.  The small pockets on each side are great for lipgloss.  Make it how you like it. 


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift






 Turn piece over and trim the corners to match the exterior. Sew around the raw edges with a basting stitch.







4. Put in the zipper

Take one lining piece and lay it right side up. Center the zipper, teeth up, along the top of the lining piece (my zipper happens to be extra long).  Position the zipper about 1/8 in from the top.  Lay an exterior piece down on top with right side of fabric down.  Make sure your exterior and interior pieces line up and pin in place. You created a little zipper sandwich.  


how to put in a zipper - Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift






Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/2 inch away from top edge.  Use the zipper teeth as your guide.







 Fold exterior and interior pieces back to expose zipper matching wrong sides together. Press and topstitch 1/8 in. away from seam.  Repeat for the other side.


How to sew in a zipper -  Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift




5. Finish the Clutch.




Unzip zipper at least halfway.  




Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift






Match exterior and interior pieces right sides together and pin in place.  Fold zipper toward the exterior side.


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift





Starting at the bottom of the interior, sew around the clutch with a 1/2 in seam allowance on the interior pieces and a 1/4 inch seam allowance on the exterior.  Leave a 3 inch opening in the bottom of the clutch.  Clip curves and trim zipper. 






Turn inside out through interior opening. Fold raw edges in and stitch interior opening closed.


Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift


And you are done!!


Press the outside so it looks nice and crisp. Now you have a pretty little clutch to give as a Christmas gift. If you like this tutorial, please follow me or friend me on facebook and Instagram @bluesusanmakes . I'd love to know if you make one too! Tag me and I'll see! #girlfriendlutch #bluesusanmakes


Lucky Penny fabric -  Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial and Free Pattern - Blue Susan Makes - handmade gift



Oh, and if you are curious about this lovely fabric I used, it is from the Lucky Penny line by Allison Glass. I couldn't pass it up at the Quilt Market sample spree!



Happy sewing and Happy giving!

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