How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch

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How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories
Usually, I carry around a big bucket bag filled with everything I can think of – wallet, sunnies, keys, hand cream, headache medicine, etc, etc. But sometimes a girl just needs to let go of the giant bag, in favor of a smaller cutch, right? Which is kind of why I love foldover clutches. They have lots of room for my laundry list of carry-ables, but still look cool.

Who’s with me?! If you’re nodding rn, try this DIY foldover clutch with a double sided patchwork pattern that completely changes the look.

Materials Needed to Make / Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

Materials / tools

  • fabric scraps or yardage*
  • 11-12 inch long zipper
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine
  • fusible interfacing (optional – I didn’t use it for this one)

*Enough for a lined 12×12 clutch like the one pictured.

Instructions

1. Choose the fabric you’d like to use. I went with 3 fabrics that worked well together (all scraps from other projects – with the exception of the indigo fabric, which is actually a fabric napkin leftover from this Father’s Day brunch).

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

2. For this clutch, we opted for one piece of fabric (brown corduroy) to run the full length of the bottom all the way around. So Julia connected the top side pieces to the brown bottom piece with a straight stitch to form one long rectangle.

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

3. Then fold the long rectangle in half, flipped inside out, and close the sides with straight stitches again. Flip it right side out again. This will be the outside of your clutch.

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

4. Cut one long piece of lining fabric to 13×25 inches, along with a stiff piece of fusible interfacing (if desired). OR cut the interfacing to the same exact dimensions as the liner to stiffen the entire surface of the clutch (including the fold).

If using interfacing, attach to liner with iron, and then sew the sides of the lining closed with a sewing machine. Keep top open.

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

5. Insert the liner into the finished exterior pocket.

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

6. Then, place the zipper in the middle. If your zipper is shorter than 12 inches, like mine, you’ll want to make sure its centered on the clutch – leaving even room on each side.

Attach the zipper to the edge of of each side, using a zipper foot, by inserting the zipper between the lining and the top / exterior of the clutch. Then finish the interior corners by hand.

Make this patchwork foldover clutch! It's a DIY. Click through for the tutorial. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

Assuming you use different fabrics on each side, when you flip the clutch to the other side and fold it over the other way, it has a completely different look.

I also love the idea of using this clutch as a pouch for the office, if you can’t let get away from the big giant bag for a purse thing. Or even a makeup or pencil bag. So many options and you can change the size with just a few tweaks to fit your needs.

How to Sew a (Patchwork) DIY Foldover Clutch. #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

Make this DIY foldover clutch! Click through for the tutorial for the simple sewing project (it's fully lined too). #clutch #diy #tutorial #sewing #sewingproject #patchwork #howto #fashionaccessories

Sewing Julia Pistsova / Model Emma Spear / Photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Are you a clutch person? Yay or nay? What do you think of this DIY foldover clutch?

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5 comments | Click here to reply

It looks so cool! Although those are not my favorite colors I love the pattern mix!
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Michelle | January 25th, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Thanks Michelle. To each they’re own on the colors for sure. 🙂 I just love that you can use fabrics scraps from previous projects for this one – so convenient.

Brittni | January 25th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

I love this, so cool product.

The pink pineapple | January 28th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Thanks Pink Pineapple.

Brittni | January 29th, 2018 at 11:36 am

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