I learned how to make these fabulous clutch purses about a year ago. Thanks to Martha Stewart….I sold and still sell many on my etsy shop! But I wanted to share how you can make your own. They are super cute and great for spring!!! I made a video tutorial to make it a bit easier…
I had to really edit the video down to be less than 15 minutes….if you aren’t understanding the ending just email me …sorry!!
Here is the youtube….
Sew a clutch purseHere are the list of supplies..


Tools and Materials
•Decorative fabric for outside of clutch
•Fabric for lining
•Heavyweight fusible stabilizer
•Fusible fleece
•Sewing machine
•Bond 527 Multi-Purpose Cement
•Metal clutch frame hardware  ( Clutch Mechanism) I used the 18mm size

Clutch How-To

1. Cut 13-by-13 1/2-inch pieces from outer fabric, lining fabric, and heavyweight fusible stabilizer. Cut a 10 1/2-by-13-inch piece of fusible fleece. With an iron, fuse heavyweight stabilizer to wrong side of outer fabric, then fuse fleece to center of stabilized side of fabric.
2. With right sides of outer and lining fabrics together, sew 1/2-inch seams along both longer 13 1/2-inch edges.
3. Turn sewn pieces so right sides are facing out, and press seams flat.
4. Fold in half, matching seams at top, with lining on inside. Sew a 1/4-inch seam on outside raw edges, then trim seam allowances to 1/8 inch and snip in at the corners. Turn again, so outside fabric is on the inside. Sew 1/4-inch seam along edges, creating a finished French seam, then turn right side out.
5. Fold corners down; mark and sew a 2-inch gusset on each. Trim corner to 1/8 inch. Turn again so lining faces out; sew a 1/4-inch seam along gussets to finish seams. Turn right side out one last time.
6. Apply a bead of fabric glue to metal frame. Center over top seam, carefully insert fabric in metal frame, and secure in place with tape. Allow glue to set for several hours.
7. Remove tape, tuck outside corners behind frame, and snap closed
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Good Morning Traci! I love your clutch, excellent tut! Missed seeing the finished project at the end. I am wondering if you have a link to your Etsy store, I would love to sneak a peek! You have a beautiful blog, congrats! And a beautiful family!

  2. I LOVE this! I'm such a huge clutch fan, I think I will haev to make myself a few! :) Can you please tell me the size of the metal clutch hardware?

    Thank you for posting this.

  3. I love, love, love this! I'm bookmarking this.

  4. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper

    Love this! Just added a bookmark to show my mom (she is a big sewer). Thanks for the great tutorial.

  5. Love that fabric. How fancy you are with a video too! I think this is tres chic!

  6. Hi! Would you contact me? I'm in Asia right now on a trip and just bought the most fabulous silk. I was thinking I'd like to turn it into a clutch much like the one you posted. I was just wondering how much it would be to send you the material and make it for me when I get back to the states. I know that silk is hard to work with, so I wouldn't dare to attempt making it myself. Thanks for your help! My email is sgeiger1@gmail.com. Thanks!!

  7. Hi Tracie, I became a fan (and follower) of your blog after this tutorial and love many of your other ideas! I have two super cute unfinished clutches. They seem a lot longer than 18 cm across the top so I'm uneasy about ordering the clutch mechanism. I was hoping you could tell me if the top of the clutch is supposed to be longer than 18 cm? The 18 cm is the longest frame I could find that will work correctly. Thanks much and I hope that wasn't too confusing!

  8. Love your video easy to follow and love the clutch. I cannot find the clutch mechanism you use. Can you send me the information on the exact one you used. Want to make my daughter a clutch for her wedding. thank you very much.

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