DIY Fold-Over Clutch


As much as we love sharing DIYs for the littles, we also love surprising mamas with tutorials just for you. Kim, from Oh, Sweet Joy, has sewn up an adorable DIY Oversized Fold-Over Clutch that would be perfect to have for the holidays. It’s big enough to hold all the essentials (including an iPad) and will give you a break from having a diaper bag shlepped over your shoulder.

Complete your holiday look with a pretty DIY Paper-Bag Skirt and Velvet Bow Headband from Oh, Sweet Joy.

Keep reading for the DIY Fold-Over Clutch tutorial…

DIY Fold-Over Clutch

I have seen oversized clutches everywhere lately and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one! Today, I’ll teach you how to save some pennies and sew one with a magnetic closure that is large enough to hold your iPad or e-reader, along with other necessities. Let’s get sewing!

Here’s what you’ll need:
-thread
-scissors
-two fabric choices (interior & exterior)
-magnetic closure
-interfacing or felt
-sewing machine

1. Cut out a pocket, mine ended up being 8X11 inches & fold it in half.

2. Cut out your outside fabric (mine was 11X15 inches). I used my iPad as a guide for how large I wanted it. Use that to cut out the interior fabric with the same dimensions.


3. Pocket: Fold the fabric in half, if you haven’t already, and stitch up the sides, leaving a long side open. Turn it right side out and press, turning in the raw edges. Pin this onto your lining fabric and sew along the sides & bottom. This leaves a nice and clean top part of your pocket!

Here is a step-by-step photo break down.

Note: Make sure you do this before you sew your interior fabric. Not that I forgot and learned the hard way or anything…

4. Fold each fabrics lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Sew up the sides of your EXTERIOR fabric and make sure you leave the top open.

5. Sew up ONE side of your INTERIOR fabric and leave a 3″ opening on the other side. Again, leave the top open.

*I usually flip to the right sides & iron my pieces at this point*

6. Using the instructions on the packaging, install your magnetic snap. I didn’t use interfacing on this clutch, but wanted to make sure the snap was sturdy, so I put a layer of felt in between the fabric and the snap.


7. Stay with me & read carefully. Keep the INTERIOR fabric inside-out and turn the EXTERIOR fabric RIGHT-side-out. Put the EXTERIOR fabric INSIDE the INTERIOR fabric. Line up the top (pin if you’d like) and sew ALL the way around.


8. Now, using the hole we left open earlier, pull out the EXTERIOR fabric and then sew up the edge of the INTERIOR fabric using a topstitch. Stuff the lining inside, press and VOILA!




I like folding it up a tiny bit so that the lining peeks through.



Options:
1. Make it in leather, which is next for me! SO fab!
2. Add a zipper, rather than the magnetic closure.
3. Make the outside colorful, with a solid lining.
4. Add interfacing to make it sturdier.
5. Topstitch the top opening.

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12 Comments

Brandy

How fun! I love clutches, nice to keep my things from getting mixed up in my bag. I made a diaper clutch from a vintage pillowcase and posted it to my blog; very handy! As always, love your website and stop by daily :)

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Tammi

Soooo cute! I’m going to do this to hold my bible and workbook for my Community Bible Study. It’s a big ol’ spiral notebook.

Question: the part where you sew ALL the way around confuses me. How are you not sewing over the opening we need to turn it right side out? Sorry. It may make sense when I’m doing it, but thought I’d ask. :)

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Laura Garrett

Love the clutch, can’t wait to make it! I also love the skirt, where did you find the fabric? Thanks!

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Jenny S

Thanks for the pattern – love it! I had a go at making this yesterday, is it possible the size you have for the exterior and interior is half what it should be? It seemed a bit small (or it might just be me ;-)

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Meghan

I had the same problem. I think the sizes are actually the size of the fabric once they’re folded instead of the size cut.

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Dica

I have the same problem but i’ve just found the solution! I cut mine into 2 pcs of 11″x15″ for the inner and 2pcs of 11″x15″ for the outer so i didn’t need to fold it into half and made the purse too small for an ipad :) thank you for the instruction btw…i love it :)

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Meghan

I made this clutch this evening and it’s a super cute bag. However, mine ended up being much smaller than your bag shown…were your dimensions (8×11 and 11×15) the size after it was folded and not the size of the fabric you cut out and then folded? I didn’t add interfacing this time around, but think I will next time. I also topstitched the top opening which I thought was a nice touch. Anyway, thanks for the tutorial! It only took about 2 hours which makes it a nice last-minute gift. :)

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