Workshop Wednesday: Customizable Clutch Bags
Learn how to make a super-simple, customizable clutch bag with Houston Makerspace sewing instructor Elizabeth Mireles.
Fabric of choice
Ruler + Scissors
A snap or other closure of choice
Step 1: Cut out two identical rectangles of fabric.
Any size is fine, just keep in mind that your finished product will be approximately 1/2" smaller all the way around after you sew the seams. We made our rectangles 7" x 16".
Step 2: Decide how much of a fold-over you want at the top of your bag.
Cut a triangle or curve (up to you!) at the top of both fabric pieces.
Step 3: Sew all the way around your seams, starting at the bottom.
Place your fabric pieces right-side together. Set your seam to 1/2" and leave a 2-4" gap in the seam at the bottom of the bag so that you can turn the bag right-side out. If you decide to make a larger bag, you may need to make this gap larger.
Step 4: Turn bag right side out by pulling it through the gap in the bottom.
Push the corners all the way out and press all the seams and corners with an iron.
Step 5: Fold clutch to the depth you prefer, then sew at 1/8" seams on sides and top of bag.
Iron all seams again.
Step 6: Add a closure of your choice.
Hand sew-on snaps, use velcro, or get creative with a button or a button loop.
Elizabeth Mireles has been sewing since she was a little girl. In early 2012, she decided to make her passion a career and enrolled in the HCC Fashion Design Program. At that time she also started her business, "Ms. Sew it All", designing and sewing custom costumes, dresses and swimwear. Elizabeth's garments are vintage inspired from the 40s and 50s era. Since February of 2013 she has also worked in the Houston Ballet Costume Shop. Due to amazing teachers, Elizabeth has been able to achieve many of her goals including launching a small collection, available at EAMirelesDesigns.com.
"I hope to inspire and share my love of sewing with you. If you have any requests for certain workshops, feel free to let me know!"
You can see Elizabeth's work and blog here:
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