I’ve been seeing quilted clutches everywhere lately and I admit I love them! Especially in teal or mint. Problem is, most of the ones I like are $200 & upwards! Such as these:
Chanel, $1,600. [Image Source]
I’d had the intention of making one for awhile and when I was at Spotlight (for those of you who know what Spotlight is, I only go when there is a sale, otherwise what a rip-off!) I saw a teal quilted/smocked fabric, it was a flimsy cotton (interfacing to the rescue) but I thought it was fate anyway. As you can see, this fabric has no batting and is a single layer don’t get confused with that pre-quilted stuff you can buy to make quilts! The pattern is simply stitched on.
I apologise I tried my best with my camera & photoshop to get the photos to reflect the actual colour of the fabrics I used, but I couldn’t capture it just right, teals/blues/purples are always so hard in that respect.
So here is my bag:
If you would like to make one too, I have a tutorial and a free pattern for this bag. Download the pattern here. If the pattern doesn’t display in your browser, don’t worry it diplays when you download it. I have an explanation of fabric & such further down.
You will need:
- 1/2 metre outer fabric
- 0.4 metre (40cm) lining fabric*
- Two 2.5cm D-rings
- Bag Strap
- 40cm of 20″ Pellon Peltex 71F Fusible Stabilizer
- Scrap of any other interfacing
- 1 Poppa Fastening Stud (explained later)
A note on interfacing. This is the interfacing I used, you don’t have to use this exact one, but it needs to be really tough. If your fabric is sturdier than a light-weight cotton, yours might not need to be so tough. Just keep that in mind it must be fusible.
For fabric, you can smock/quilt your own fabric if you choose, you could buy quilted fabric like I did or if you don’t want it quilted, just use any old fabric. *For lining, I grabbed a $1.50 remnant of sea-green satin, it was a 40cm cut, and reasonably wide, I would say 130cm wide or so.
For my bag strap, I had a strap off a bag that was old and broken (the bag, not the strap), so I used that. You can make your own with some faux leather or you can buy one such as this. You could also buy a cheap bag and use the strap off that, or make your own with tutorials like this or this.
Alright, first things first. Cut out your lining and outer fabric pieces. As you see written on the pattern, once you have cut out your fabric pieces, trim the 1cm seam allowance off and cut out your interfacing with the trimmed pattern.
Why do this?
The interfacing is really bulky; if you had 1cm of interfacing in the seam allowance, it would be way too bulky and the shapes would be distorted. You’ll see later on when we actually sew it.
Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of your outer fabric.
Leave these pieces to the side for a bit and get out your lining pieces.
Right sides facing, stitch the front/back pieces to the bottom piece. Apologies for the awful photos, I was in a rush!
Then stitch the side pieces to their respective ends of the bottom piece, like so. Only stitch to the bottom piece, not the sides and don’t stitch over the seam allowances for where you attach the side piece to the front/back pieces.
Lastly, stitch the side pieces to the front/back pieces to form a box.
Now following the same method you used for sewing your lining pieces, make a “box” out of your interfaced outer fabric pieces (bottom, sides, front, back).
You’ll see how you cut out 2 of the top piece & the flap. This is because the top & flap are lined with your outer fabric, not your lining fabric. Get your flap pieces right sides facing and sew around the bottom & side edges, leave the top open!. When you sew, you want to have a tiny bit of the interfacing in the seam allowance, like a really small bit, illustrated with the red line.
With the gap left at the top, flip the flap piece the right way out. Top-stitch along the edge of the top. Just leave the raw edges out for now, they won’t be shown later. Sorry it’s blurry!
Do the same for the top piece.
Now stitch your top piece to the flap, right sides facing, with your 1cm seam allowance (where you left the gap to flip the pieces right side out). In this case, the right side is the fabric that had interfacing ironed to it.
You will need to do a bit of bending/ironing to get the piece to sit right after you have sewed them.
Now get your loop pieces and iron the interfacing scraps (that you cut to the top size) to the loop pieces.
Get your D-rings and fold the loop pieces through them, like so. Stitch across where the red line is.
Now stitch your loop pieces with the D-rings through them to the side pieces with the seam allowance provided on the loop pattern piece. You will need to put the bag “box” on its side to do this.
Now you will notice how the D-ring/loop piece isn’t very stable, so what you need to do is fold it up and stitch right where the loop piece touches the edge of the bag (hand-stitching is easiest for this). The red line is for guidance of where to stitch.
Now stitch the top/flap piece to the back piece.
Now it is time to insert the Poppa Fastener Stud. This is what I am talking about:
Mark on your flap with tailors chalk where the flap pattern piece says the stud should be inserted. Following the instructions on the packet, insert the top stud piece.
Then have the flap down over the front piece and mark on the front piece where to insert the bottom “clicker” piece of the stud so it will match up nicely with the flap piece and be in the centre of the bag. I have not marked this on the pattern, as it will be different for everyone.
Now grab your lining, with the wrong side facing you, fold down 1cm of the top edges towards you, iron to make a crease. Then place the lining inside the bag. Match up side seams and pin the folded edge of the pining to the top edge of the bag.
Sew around the top of the lining. You want to be stitching right on the edge of where the lining and outer fabric of the bag meet, you have a nice, but subtle lining of top-stitching. This will take a bit of maneuvering to make it work for your sewing machine, but I managed.
Attach your strap to the D-rings and magnifique! Your bag is done. Here’s mine again:
I love this bag! I ended up giving it as a gift, but I have enough interfacing & fabric left over to make a smaller version for me which I will get around to at some stage. All in all, lets see how much this cost me.
$8.50 for fabric (outer + lining)
$0.80 for Poppa Fastener Stud (set of 6 for $5)
$8.60 for Interfacing
$1 for D-Rings
$0 Bag Strap
And I have enough left over to make another bag, so I’d say that’s a pretty amazing saving!
Any questions, feel free to comment. I’ll do my best to explain things as I was in such a rush to make this, I missed out on getting some photos so I know my explanations aren’t the best!