I typically don’t love the color purple.
I mean, it’s ok. I don’t hate it or anything – but I’ll pretty much choose most colors over it.
But in the past year I’ve been wanting to make things more out of my comfort zone – and so I decided to add just a pop of purple to the new clutch I was wanting to make. I didn’t know at the time that the Pantone color of the year was purple. (I know. Radiant orchid. It’s purple, people.)
And you know what? I really like it! So I have for you my new Easy Pom Pom Fold Over Snap Clutch and it has a fun pop of purple on the front flap.
It’s a fun combination of prints and pom poms! The front flap is pieced together so you can really play with some fun fabric and trim combos. Purple is completely optional.
It’s finished with a cute little bead on the front – and the closure is a snap! Literally. Super easy and none of that messing about with zippers.
So let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
• Pattern – click here to download the pattern pieces for the clutch
• Fabric for body – 9″ x 24″
• Fabric for body lining – 9″ x 24″
• Front Flap Fabric – Small pieces
• Front Flap Lining – 9″ x 11″
• Trim for front – 10″
• Heavy weight Interfacing – 18″ x 24″
• Magnetic snap closure
• Button or bead for front accent (glue or thread to place)
Begin by cutting out your pattern pieces. The pattern is marked for what you will need.
Begin with your front center piece. Cut your trim the length of the piece and sew trim to each side of the center piece with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Sew your front flap side pieces to each side of the center piece with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Press the seams towards the center.
Iron your fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the clutch body pieces and the wrong side of the front flap lining piece. Line up the long side of the front flap piece with the top of one of the body pieces. Sew right sides together with a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Press seam towards top piece.
Place the outside body pieces right sides together. Sew around the sides and bottom, starting and ending 3/8″ from the top of the piece. Don’t sew over the front flap seam. Clip the corners.
Repeat the assembly steps for the lining, sewing the front flap lining to one piece of the body lining, then sewing the body lining pieces together – but leave a section open on the bottom for turning – about 3″.
Turn the lining right side out and press.
Tuck the lining inside the outer pieces so the right sides are together and the front flap pieces line up. Pin the top edge of the body pieces (not the front flap) together and sew across, stopping at the side seams.
Pin the front flap pieces together and sew the sides and top. Clip the corners.
Turn right side out through the opening in the lining and tuck the lining back into the clutch. Press all the seams.
Before sewing the lining closed, mark your placement for the snap. Fold the front flap over and see where you would like the two snap places to be. You’ll want the snap on the front flap about 1″ from the seam and the matching piece on the body to line up, without pulling at the fabric. Place the snap in place according to the package instructions.
Hand sew your lining opening closed.
If you would like, you can place a bead, button, or brooch on the front for a decorative addition. I had this pretty light pink bead that went great with the center chevron pattern. I glued it in place with e-6000. If you use glue, let it dry for at least 24 hours before using the clutch.
And now you have a cute new clutch – to keep or give as a gift!
I love that it’s almost as pretty inside as it is out.
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So have you made up a clutch before? And even more important – what are your feelings about the color purple?