foldover clutch - tutorial

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Remember the clutch from my last giveaway?

I already showed you how to make the bubble magnets here, so today I'm going to show you how to make the foldover clutch!

What you'll need:

  • fabric for the exterior (I used a piece of burlap from a grain sack)
  • fabric for the lining
  • heavy weight interfacing
  • magnetic snap closure
  • thread
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine

STEP ONE:  I wanted my bag to be approx. 13" x 16" when fully open, making it approx. 13" x 8" when folded over.

Exterior fabric - Cut one 14" x 33" piece.
Interfacing - Cut one 14" x 33" piece, and two small pieces approx. 2" x 2" each.
Liner fabric - Cut two 13.5" x 16.5" pieces.  You want the liner pieces to be a little smaller so they will fit nicely inside without buckling.

These measurements will give you a 1/2" seam allowance along the sewn edges.

STEP TWO:  Place and pin your liner pieces right sides together, and sew along the edges and bottom.

STEP THREE:  Lay out your long piece of interfacing vertically.  Place your exterior piece of fabric directly on top so that the right side of the fabric is facing you.  Now fold both the fabric and interfacing up and in half so that the fold is along the bottom of the clutch.  Pin and sew along both side edges, leaving the top open.  (A note about the picture - I was having issues with the burlap fraying, that is why you see two rows of stitching on the sides.  I later cut the exterior stitching off.)

STEP FOUR:  I wanted my magnetic closure to be approx. 2 inches down from the opening.  With the liner fabric still turned right sides together, center the flat backing of the magnetic closure approx. 2 inches down from the opening.  Mark where the slits are and use scissors to cut small slits through both the front and back pieces of the liner fabric.  Cut the same spaced slits into your two small pieces of interfacing.  These pieces of interfacing will help ensure the lining fabric doesn't tear from repeated opening and closing of your bag.

STEP FIVE:  Attach magnetic closure.  Lay one piece of interfacing between the wrong side of the liner fabric and the back and the magnetic closure.  Attach the closure as per the instructions.  The magnetic sides will be on the right sides of the fabric. 

STEP SIX:  This next part sounds confusing so make sure to pay close attention to the photos.  Turn the liner fabric right side out and slide it into the exterior/interfaced piece.  The right sides of the liner fabric should be facing the right sides of the exterior fabric.  Line up the tops and pin into place.  Sew along the top, but (this is important) leave yourself an opening so you can turn the bag right side out.

STEP SEVEN:  Turn bag right side out and press seams flat.

STEP EIGHT:  Pin the opening you left open closed, and stitch along the entire top of the bag.

STEP NINE:  Give yourself a pat on the back because you're done baby!

Pin It

    I really love this clutch.

You can stuff as little or as much in it as you want, and fold it over as little or as much as you want.

    You could even add a fun vintage broach to it.  How cute would that be huh???
    So there you have it!
    And, interested in how I made the monogrammed mugs shown in my giveaway?
     Be sure to check out Gabrielle's blog Design Mom for the full tutorial
    It's excellent!  I had it pinned to my Pinterest board for a while since it was so fabulous, and I'm thrilled I tried them out.  They are by far the most favorite mugs we have :)
I'll be linking up to these fab parties!


  1. I love this idea! You did an amazing job.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  2. Turned out stunning! Love your choice of fabric! Wonderful tutorial! ;)

  3. Love this tutorial. Looks easy and stylish! Better get my sewing machine out.

  4. Okay add this to the 2012 TO-DO list! I love it and you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  5. You clever, clever girl! I would like to lie and say I'm going to get right on this, but we both know that my sewing skills (or lack thereof) would turn this sweet little clutch into a hot mess!!! It is completely awesome, though...I love the vintage brooch idea! Happy New Year, sweetness!

  6. Reason #1,001 why I need to learn how to sew! This would be great to hold all my receipts!

  7. what a lovely clutch and a clear tutorial :)
    Thx for sharing it.

  8. So cute! I wonder if a smaller version would be good for all of my "once in a while cards", you know the ones in my purse I barely ever use!

  9. This is such a great project! I love the detailing of the stripe down the middle on the inside. AWESOME! =)
    Kristina J.

  10. Oh I LOVE this.. I have a Linky Giveaway Party going on right now and would love for you to share this here

  11. That's so cute!

    Miranda @ Just Drink a Coke.

  12. This is really cute. I think I have just the right fabric in my stash for something like this! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  13. Awesome bag! Thank you for sharing! Love your blog. New follower.

  14. The clutch is really pretty. I am so jealous that you can sew. My daughter is taking lessons and she just finished a purse for herself. Maybe in a little bit, when she gets better, I can get her to try this project out for me. Mother's Day, maybe?

    I came by to visit after you left a very nice comment on our blog. I'm glad I did. I like your posts very much. We're following your blog now.


  15. I love this clutch! The texture of the burlap is great. I wish I could sew! You are very talented!

  16. This is a lovely clutch and the burlap gives it great texture. Perfect for wearing with those winter whites!

  17. This is adorable! Looks cute (and easy enough for me to tackle, too!).
    Loving those mugs, too!

  18. Love it! What a simple but classy clutch. I must make one for my daughter-in-law... she will love it too!

    I found you this morning on Pinterest and I am really glad I did. You have a new follower :)

  19. This is the one I won! It's FANTASTIC. It's beautiful inside and out. I used it when we went out to dinner recently and I felt so fabulous. Thanks again! Link it up to my party if you have time!

  20. Simple, classy, and fantastic! I love it. Thanks!

  21. I featured this tutorial in my 'Readers Space'. Hope on over to check it out and be sure to grab a button.




    p.s. come check out my THEIT camera bag giveaway! I think you'd really like it!

  23. Oh what a fabulous job!! Well done..

  24. If I ever get to a stage in my life, when I don't need to haul a ton a stuff in a big ol bag around-I'm so making this.

  25. I love this bag! Thanks for giving the step by step!

  26. Your clutch is amazing! Job well done!

  27. This is beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to my party this week!

  28. Love this project! Can you link it up to SaMiE's first ever SURPRISE linky party? That would be awesome! Here's the link

  29. OMG, I LOVE this!!!

    I'm happy to be your newest follower and am hoping you'll stop by my BRAND NEW blog and follow me back!!

    Thanks a million!
    Sarah @ Dotted Line Crafts

  30. Omg...So cute!!! I will have to do this!!! I'm having a linky party, and would love it if you joined! Here is the link! Thanks for sharing!

  31. that clutch bag is the hottest thing ever!! absolute brain wave...just genius...G.E.N.U.I.S!!

  32. Just found your site and you have some crazy wonderful tutorials here, including this clutch. Dynamite blog! You've got a new follower.


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