A Simple Clutch – Ruffles Version

You knew it was coming right?

I couldn’t do a bunch of variations on our Simple Clutch pattern and not include yummy ruffles!

Simple Ruffled Clutch - so easy to make and so pretty!

Such a pretty ruffled clutch - I love the style!

If you’ve missed the previous posts this week – we are taking a Simple Clutch design and changing it up with different styles! The first tutorial includes all the instructions to make the clutch, including how to do a fun patterned Applique on the front section. The second tutorial is a Vintage design and has instructions on how to change up the front piece with vintage lace and some fun flowers.

Today we’re adding some ruffles and a pretty pearl decoration. The ruffles darken to a pale pink/champagne color and the inside of the bag is pink with a sparkly silver thread running through it!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Version:

All the fabric/interfacing/notions requirements for the Original Clutch – along with:
1/4″ yard of three fabrics for ruffles – if you want three different shades of ruffles.
Decorative button or pin

Follow the instructions for the original clutch to make the base section of your clutch.

Before you iron on the heavy duty stabilizer onto your front piece, you are going to create all your ruffles.

Cut from each fabric 2 – 5″ x 16″ pieces. Fold each piece in half – long ways – and sew a gathering stitch down the raw edges.

Mark the center of your front piece. I folded mine in half and used my finger to press a crease into the fabric.
Place the raw edges of your lightest color ruffle 1/4″ to the left of the center crease.
Sew in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Fold over the first ruffle and pin the second ruffle 5/8″ from the seam. Sew your next lightest ruffle to the left of this ruffle.

Sew on the last ruffle to the left of the second one, again 5/8″ from the seam of the second ruffle.

Sew the three ruffles to the right of the crease just like you did the first set.

Awww. Cute ruffles. But a little wily.
Baste down the top and bottom of the ruffles with a 1/4″ seam.

From the same fabric as the outside of your clutch, cut a rectangle 4″ x 8″. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing 1 1/2″ x 8″. Iron the interfacing down the center of the rectangle.
Fold the two sides to the back over the interfacing and press.

Place the rectangle over the ruffles at the center of the front piece. Sew the piece on with a straight stitch just inside the fold on each side.

Place your front and lining pieces right sides together and sew around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open for turning.
Make sure you add your inside snap piece to the lining.
Turn right side out and press. Press the seam allowances at the top under as well.

Sew the front flap piece to the back top of the clutch. Remember to check your placement by snapping the pieces together first. It should overlap onto the back piece about 1″.

Fold in the top center sections on each side and tack in place to make the little top side pleats.

Add a decorative piece to the front – and you’re all done!

I love the linen look to the fabric on the clutch – it’s similar to muslin but a nice medium weight. And I think it is a great contrast with the softness of the ruffles.
Pretty Ruffled Clutch Tutorial

What do you think? Do you have a favorite yet?
I have one more version for you – I think we’ll have to wait until Monday for that one. I’m excited to show you – it’s kind of wild!

Updated: Here are the three other styles – make sure you check them all out!


  • Reply November 29, 2012


    Wow! This looks amazing! I HAVE to make this! Thanks – you rock! :oD

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Ruth jockheck

    Looks fun to sew up for a special nite on the town, such as prom, graduation, valentines or just because with hubby.

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Ruth jockheck

    Can’t wait to sew up some for my granddaughter.

  • Reply April 29, 2014


    I am in LOVE with the ruffle one but that is so great you can do it in so many styles!

  • Reply April 29, 2014

    Virginia Fynes

    Sew sweet! I think I might make this for myself… and maybe a mini version for my daughter! Great tutorial!

  • Reply April 29, 2014

    Jess Cox

    This clutch is beautiful! I HAVE to make one now!

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