and it's not supposed to be a butterfly, but that's what it reminds me of.
We went to a wedding recently, and Christina was carrying that cute little clutch. Mine was supposed to be a knock off of it. I guess it is, kind of.
I started by cutting 2 pieces of front fabric and 2 pieces of lining fabric 10" x 7". I ironed on lightweight interfacing to all 4 pieces.
I used a 9" zipper and put it face up on the right side of the lining fabric. Then put the front fabric right side down and pin. Be sure everything is laying even.
Using a zipper foot, sew the three pieces together.
Fold your front and lining wrong sides together, iron, and topstitch.
Do the exact same thing for the other side. I hope I explained that okay. It's really not complicated at all.
For the ruffles on the front, I cut 8 pieces 11" x 3" and rounded the corners. Sew right sides together on your 4 sets.
Turn and topstitch along the curved edge. Sew a long basting stitch along the straight edge.
Mark the center of your front side and lay 2 of the ruffles down in the center and stitch.
Sew the other 2 ruffles underneath the first 2 on each side.
The center piece was 2 1/2" x 10" that I folded in half and sewed.
Turn and press with seam in the middle.
Lay it in the middle and start pinning, pulling up the fabric as you go to make the ruffles.
Sew around all sides of the center band.
For the little loop, cut a piece 2" x 4", sew, turn, and topstitch.
Tack it on the right side of the purse.
Okay, we're finally ready to put this thing together!
Here is the most important part of this whole tutorial. Unzip your zipper halfway! Fold your right sides of the front of the purse together and sew together along the three sides. Remember, your zipper at the top is open halfway.
That's why it's so important, you're going to turn your clutch right side out through the zipper.
Turn and press.
Put a little ring through the loop and I made the wristlet just like I did the key fobs here only I used fabric instead of ribbon.
I still think it looks like a butterfly. Oh well...
Here are the places I party each week.