This week I made this cute gathered clutch using this tutorial from Noodlehead as my starting point. I had a 7″ zipper on hand, so I changed the original tutorial to fit, and I’m glad I did because I don’t think I’d want it any bigger. I also left out their insert and added a phone pocket. Check out their tutorial for more doodads on the inside.
2 fat quarter
some fusible interfacing
Step 1: Cut out your pieces.
Fabric 1: Outside and Pocket
5.5″ x 8″
5.5″ x 12″
4″ x 9″
Fabric 2: Lining, Outside Band and Zipper Ends
5.5″ x 8″ (cut 2)
4″ x 8″
1.5″ x 2.5″ (cut 2)
5.5″ x 8″ (cut 2)
Step 1: Take your pocket piece (4″ x 9″) and iron over the long ends 1/4″.
Step 2: Take your long outside piece and sew two basting stitches 1″ apart from each other in the middle of the fabric.
Step 3: Take your outside band piece (4″ x 8″) fold it in half, hotdog style with right sides together and sew along the long edge.
Place the band seam side down on the middle of your gathered piece and pin in place. Sew along both long edges.
Step 4: Take your two outside pieces and place them face down on your ironing board. Attach your fusible interfacing the the wrong side of the outside pieces according to your product’s directions.
Step 5: Take your little zipper end pieces and fold them in half hamburger style wrong sides together and iron. Then open it up and fold the two ends into the center crease you just made and iron again. Then fold them all up like so.
Step 6: Take your gathered outside piece and lay it out right side up. Place the zipper face down with the zipper pull on the left.
Step 7: Now flip it open so you can see the right sides of the fabric and the zipper sticking out the top. Set it to the side for a second.
Step 8: Open your pieces up like so. Your outside pieces are right side up and the lining pieces are on bottom.
Pin all around the outside edges. Now you’re going to sew all around the outside, leaving a 3″ opening in the lining pieces.