I wanted something I would really use, with just a touch of extra glitz and glamour.
Let's be honest, when you're a mom of young children, you don't get to carry around cute little bags very often. So, when I'm out with friends or with my husband, I just want the bare necessities and that's it! This envelop clutch has just enough room for what every woman needs: her phone, a credit/debit card, and some extra lip gloss. You could throw in some gum or mints and still have plenty of space.
This clutch is fully lined and made out of a sturdy canvas. The glitz and glitter is added with glitter tape and fabric glue, plus some sequin trim to match the lining of the clutch.
1/4 yard sturdy outer fabric
14 yard inner lining
Sequin Trim- about 1 foot
1 roll glitter tape
I have to apologize in advance for some of my photos- I was on a time crunch to finish my project, so I took pictures in the terrible light of my office/craft room at night.
**To draft your pattern- determine how long you want your clutch to be when completed. Multiply that by two, and add four inches for your flap, then another half inch for seam allowance. Width should be about the size of a standard piece of paper, so around 11 inches.
To cut the flap, measure in one inch from each long side and mark a dot, then draw a straight line from where your flap begins (remember- it was 4 inches from the top of your paper!) on the edge to the dot. Trim your paper pattern along the line.**
If that sounds confusing, just look at my paper for an example! Sometimes it's easier to see than explain.
1. Use the pattern to cut out 1 piece of your outer fabric and one piece of your lining fabric.
3. Turn right side out, trim seams, and press flat.
4. Topstitch close to the edge of the fabric for a finished look, making sure to catch the fabric around the hole you left for turning.
5. Fold your fabric piece up about a half inch under where the flap section begins, and press in place.
6. Secure sides by sewing two parallel seams from the bottom to the edge of the fabric on each side of the clutch.
7. Fold the flap down in place and press.
8. Now, I guess I didn't take pictures of this, but you can add a closure by following directions for a snap, magnetic snap, or even velcro. I used velcro, then added a cute decorative button on the top of the flap.
9. To embellish, simply spread fabric glue where you want to add your sequin trim. The glitter tape has a nice strong adhesive, so you can just tape it to your fabric. It's a cheap and easy way to add a little bling and comes in all different colors! You can find it a Michael's or Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section, or even buy it online!
Enjoy your clutch! If you make one, share it on our Facebook page- we'd love to see!
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