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This simple, envelope-style clutch is the perfect mini-accessory for an evening on the town.

Posted by Megan Avery Published © 2018 Megan Avery / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
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  • Step 1

    Prep work:

    Create a pattern for the main piece, cut to the dimensions below. You can create the pattern out of posterboard or a large folder.

  • Step 2

    Trace 2 of the main pattern pieces onto the fusible interfacing and cut them out.

  • Step 3

    With the shiny glue side down, place 1 of the fusible interfacing pieces onto the wrong side of the exterior fabric. Place the other piece of interfacing onto the lining fabric. Press with an iron so each piece of interfacing fuses to the fabrics.

  • Step 4

    Cut out both the exterior and lining pieces, using the edge of the interfacing as a guide for where to cut.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Heather Envelope Style Evening Clutch - Step 5
    Step 5

    With right sides together, pin both pieces together along the stitch lines shown in Diagram 1.

  • Step 6

    Assembly:

    With a 1/4" (6mm) seam allowance, sew the outside fabric piece to the lining piece, along all edges except the bottom, as shown in Diagram 1.

  • Step 7

    Turn the clutch right side out, making sure to really poke out the corners. Chopsticks can be particularly handy for this. You want them to be squared off, rather than looking rounded.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Heather Envelope Style Evening Clutch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make a pen mark at the top of your clutch piece on the lining fabric, 1" [2.5cm] down from the top of the point. Insert the outside side of the magnetic snap here.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Heather Envelope Style Evening Clutch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the bottom open edge of the clutch in 3/4" [2cm]. This will eliminate the raw edges and create a clean, straight line on the bottom of the clutch piece. Once the line is straight, secure it with straight pins, as shown in Diagram 2.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Heather Envelope Style Evening Clutch - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold the bottom portion of the clutch piece as far up as you would like the pocket to extend. This should be at least 1/3 the height of the whole piece. Fold more for a larger pocket and smaller flap (see Diagram 3). In the example below, the pocket piece is folded up approximately 4" [10cm].

  • Step 11

    Fold the flap down and make a pen mark when the outie part of the snap hits the exterior fabric. Insert the innie part of the magnetic snap. Unfold the flap as well as the bottom pocket portion of the bag.

  • Step 12

    Topstitch 1/4" [6mm] from the pinned open edge.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Heather Envelope Style Evening Clutch - Step 13
    Step 13

    Refold the bottom pocket portion of the clutch and neatly topstitch, starting at the right bottom folded edge and continue around the outside of the bag except for the bottom folded edge, as shown in Diagram 4.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Heather Envelope Style Evening Clutch - Step 14
    Step 14

    Remove all pins and trim all loose threads.

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Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics
Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics · Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, US
Great idea for all those fabric scraps we have left over from other projects. Even better idea for the hotnew novelty themed prints we offer at www.jofabrics.com. Thanks for the sharing!
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