How to Make This Pretty Pink Clutch

comments (9) April 3rd, 2014     

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A feathered edge ruffle turns this bag into a chic accessory.
Use this sketch as a guide to make your pattern and cut the required pieces.
Trim the quilted sections using pattern section A as a guide.
A feathered edge ruffle turns this bag into a chic accessory.

A feathered edge ruffle turns this bag into a chic accessory.

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"Pinking" refers to the process of cutting a zigzag edge. Pink, the color, traces its origins to carnations, pink flowers that have serrated edges and are sometimes called "pinks." There must be a connection! However, if etymology isn't reason enough to pink the edges of the ruffles on my little pink clutch bag, the end result certainly is-a slightly feathered edge that's neatly frayed and unlikely to ravel any further.

The ruffles need to be cut on the bias so they can be shaped over the curved edges of the bag. But bias edges are not inclined to fray. When pinked, however, raveling occurs along the edges of those tiny wedges. Of course, you'll get different results with different fabrics. This purse is made from silk shantung that I purchased in the home dec department.

To make this purse you'll need:

  • 1/2 yard main fabric
  • 1/4 yard lining fabric
  • 1/2 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Small piece of quilt batting
  • Small piece of stiffening material like Timtex or cardboard.
  • A magnetic snap
  • Beads (optional)
  • Pinking shears or pinking rotary cutting blade

1. Make a paper pattern following the dimensions below, and cut out the bag sections according to the pattern sketch. (Lining, interfacing, batting, and stiffening layouts are not shown.) Be sure to cut two of the main fabric purse top (A) sections slightly larger to allow for the quilting. The number of bias strips (D) shown is an approximation. You will need enough 1-1/2-inch-wide strips to equal three times the length of the curved edge of the purse top (A) times two, and three times the curved edge of the purse bag (B). Cut the strips with pinking shears or a rotary cutter outfitted with a pinking blade and piece together as needed.

  Use this sketch as a guide to make your pattern, then cut the required pieces. Click Image to Enlarge.
  A rotary cutter and a pinking blade make for easy cutting.

2. Lay the batting on two of the purse top sections and machine-quilt as desired. Press. Trim away excess using the pattern as a guide.

  Trim the quilted sections using pattern section A as a guide.

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Comments (9)

Paws2 writes: Thanks sew much for another terrific idea!!!! Now to make time to sew it up.....I love clutches, purses,and bags of all sorts.This looks very doable and another opportunity to use up some of my large stash and even make up a couple of gifts too!! Thanks again!
Posted: 6:06 pm on October 8th
DreamyDahlia writes: What a great tutorial! Love the bag...
Posted: 7:27 pm on September 29th
tantalizingstitches writes: I just love bags! thank you for spending the time to share your pattern.
Posted: 9:28 am on July 8th
Eternal_Clouds writes: thats so cool i love it
Posted: 10:17 am on March 8th
j0rae writes: Thanks so much! Now I feel a lot more confident that I can make the clutch correctly.

Posted: 2:17 pm on November 24th
MaryRay writes: Oops! Section C should be 2 3/4" by 8 1/2"
Posted: 12:11 pm on November 24th
MaryRay writes: Oh! They are really hard to read. Here are the numbers: Section C - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2"; Section A - 3 3/4" x 9 1/2"; Section B - 6" x 17 1/2". Hope this helps. Also, if you right click on the pattern, then click copy and paste it into a word document it's a little easier to read -- but I'll try to see if I can replace what's up with a clearer pattern.
Posted: 12:05 pm on November 24th
j0rae writes: I want to make this clutch as a Christmas gift for my daughter and have already purchased the materials, but now realize I can't read the pattern measurements or cutting instructions. Can you provide them in some way?

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Posted: 4:37 pm on November 23rd
Craft_Crazy22 writes: This is gorgeous!! The combination of ruffles, fabric texture, color and style makes it all around perfect for an evening-out clutch. Will definitely be using this design SOON. Thanks!
Posted: 12:55 am on October 17th
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