How to Make a Simple DIY Fabric Clutch Bag

Julia Rafael
by Julia Rafael
9 Materials
3 Hours

Today, I’m going to be making a simple DIY fabric clutch bag! I’ll also show you how to put in a zipper pocket so you have an extra compartment to store your essentials.

If you are feeling motivated to try something new or want to add a cute DIY fabric clutch purse to your handbag collection, then read on to see how straightforward it is to do!

Tools and materials:

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric
  • Lining
  • Zipper
  • Iron
Fabric clutch sewing pattern

1. Make the pattern

The fabric clutch sewing pattern is pretty easy, simply cut a 16cm x 24cm (6.2 x 9.44 inches) rectangle on a piece of paper and copy the shape onto some fabric.

DIY fabric clutch sewing pattern

Trace the rectangle 3 times, putting each shape right next to each other to create a big rectangle. 

Cutting out the fabric clutch sewing pattern

Next, cut out the long rectangle. 

Easy fabric clutch sewing pattern

The finished rectangle should be 16cm x 72cm (6.29 x 28.34 inches) in size. 

Cutting out the lining

Now, place the main fabric’s rectangle on top of your lining fabric and cut to size. 

Measuring a pocket for the clutch

2. Make the pocket

Since I wanted my clutch to have a zipper pocket, I cut out another lining piece measuring 16cm x 48cm (3.93 x 18.89 inches). The pocket can be any size you want, just make sure it's as wide as the zipper. 

Prepping the zipper location

3. Prep the zipper’s location

Now, place your first rectangular pattern in the middle of the lining. Fold the one side over and then mark 2cm (0.8 inches) from the edge of the rectangle. This will be where your zipper will be placed. 

Marking where the zipper will go

Fold the fabric over and mark the middle of the shorter side of the rectangle. 

Pinning the zipper

On the wrong side of the pocket piece, mark with pins where the edges of the zipper will be. 

Measuring the pocket opening

Then, draw a rectangle that measures 1cm x 15cm(0.39 x 5.90 inches) . 

Sewing the rectangle with a straight stitch

With right sides facing, lay the pocket piece onto the lining. Make sure everything aligns. Sew along the shape of the rectangle with a straight stitch. 

Cutting open the pocket

Then, open this part with scissors. 

Feeding the pocket through to the other side

Feed the pocket piece through the hole to the other side.

Opening up the pocket

This is what it should look like. 

Ironing the fabric to make it neat

Iron the fabric around the opening to make it smooth and neat. 

Attaching the zipper

4. Attach the zipper

Pin the zipper to the hole, face down. Then, sew all around it.

Pinning the sides ready to sew

Now, pull the pocket part upward, just enough so it covers the top edge of the zipper, pin the sides, and sew all three sides. 

Tip: Make sure to not sew the main layer under it. Only sew the pocket. 

Rounding the corners

5. Round the corners

Fold the whole lining in half and round the corners with a pair of scissors. 

Cutting the corners

Place the main fabric on top, and cut the corners by following the shape of the lining’s corners. 

How to make a clutch purse from fabric

6. Assemble the DIY fabric clutch bag

Now, the lining and main fabric should face the right sides. Pin the sides all around, as shown. Also, pin the curved side while leaving the sharp corner side unpinned. Sew all three sides with a straight stitch. 

Making the DIY fabric clutch purse

Turn the DIY fabric clutch purse right sides out, and fold the open side’s edges inward by about 1cm (0.4 inches). Then, pin and topstitch right across both layers. 

How to make a clutch bag out of fabric

Fold the bottom part of the bag so it just covers the edge of the zipper and pin the sides.  

Sewing the DIY fabric clutch purse

Sew along the sides and the bottom part, too. 

DIY fabric clutch

DIY fabric clutch tutorial

DIY fabric clutch tutorial

Your DIY fabric clutch is complete! You can add a magnetic button or Velcro to the inner flap and folded piece if you want a closure. Thanks for joining me and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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