Fringe Clutch Project



  • 50cm Claret Panne velvet
  • 50cm Cotton for lining
  • 1m Fringe trim
  • Arbee Mac Steel Ring Gold
  • Metal zip
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins


Step 1.Cut two pieces of fabric for the outer and two pieces of fabric for the lining of the pouch each measuring 27cm wide by 22cm high.

Step 2.Cut the fringe trim into 3 lengths measuring 27cm long.

Step 3.Pin the trim onto the right side of one of the pieces of velvet. Space them evenly to create a layered fringe effect and sew in place.

Step 4.With the right side of one of the outer pieces face up, align the zipper length right side down along the top long edge. Place one of the lining pieces face down aligning all layers together at the top. Pin and then sew together using a zipper foot on your machine close to the teeth of the zipper. Be careful when sewing not to catch any of the fringe trim.

Step 5. Repeat step 4 for the other side of the zipper and with remaining fabric pieces.

Step 6. Pull fabric right way out away from zipper and press flat. If desired top stitch fabric 3-5mm in from zipper edge.

Step 7. Up-zip the zipper half way and with right sides facing pin the two outer fabric together aligning all remaining edges. Repeat with the lining fabrics and pin together. Pin the teeth of the zipper towards the lining side.

Step 8. With a 1cm seam allowance sew around all of the pinned edges leaving a 5cm opening at the middle base of the lining side. Clip corners and press seams open at corners and base.

Step 9. Turn out pouch through the opening in the lining. Press in the seam allowance along the opening and top stitch closed. Place lining back inside the outer pouch and push out each corner and press.

Step 10.To create the handle cut a small strip out of velvet and the lining, both measuring 10cm long by 5cm wide.

Step 11. Place the strips right sides together and sew down both sides. Turn inside out and press.

Step 12. Loop the fabric around the steel ring and pin into position on one side of the clutch in the center near the zip. Fold the seam allowance under so it has a neat finish on the bag.

Step 13. With the zip undone, sew the strap in place from the inside of the clutch. Sew a rectangle shape with crosses to really secure the handle in place, see example below.



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