Happy Wednesday! Yesterday I finished off making the library tote. Today and over the next few days, I’ll discuss how to make a smaller clutch bag with the Bosal In-R-Form stabilizer. This compact Date Night Clutch bag looks like it has been purchased in a store all because the Bosal In-R-Form gives such polished, structured results.
I’ll also share how to make a zipper facing so that the zipper is embedded in the lining (looks oh so gorgeous) with a hidden pocket and how to make removable straps with D rings and swivel hook toggles. This time I’m using Bosal In-R-Form double sided fusible. I also made the Date Night Clutch as a bridal clutch, so this original pattern is totally transformable and versatile. Follow along over the next 3 days to see how awesome Bosal In-R-Form stabilizer truly is.
First I want to show you my bridal clutch version of this bag. My daughter had a bridal shower in September and I made this bag with the addition of custom hand sewn beading and lace. Bridal shops were asking in excess of $200+ for bridal bags and I knew Bosal In-R-Form would help me stay on track with my budget.
Introducing The Date Night Clutch
- 20″ [50cm] of outer fabric (fabric featured is from Banyan Batiks Alilah, Coral in black and white)
- 20″ [50cm] of lining fabric (fabric featured is from Banyan Batiks Alilah, Coral in coral and white)
- 1 pkg of Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Stabilizer
- Rectangle of light weight woven fusible interacting – 8″W x 20½”L (bag) + piece 2″W x 8½”L (zipper facing)+ piece 1″W x 25″L (strap) + 2 pieces 4½”W x 7″L for bag sides.
- 7″ zipper to match your fabric
- (2) ½” UNIQUE sewing metal D-rings
- (1) ½” UNIQUE SEWING Magnetic Snap
- (2) ½” UNIQUE SEWING Swivel Hooks
- thread to match your fabric
- seam ripper
- Date Night Clutch pattern for front flap shaping
- Cut one 9″W x 21″L from Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Stabilizer
- Cut one 8½”W x 20½”L woven interfacing
- Cut one 2″W x 8½”L of woven fusible interfacing for zipper facing
- Cut one 1″W x 25″L of woven fusible interfacing for bag strap
- Cut two 4½”W x7″L of woven fusible interfacing for bag sides
- Cut one 10″W x 21½”L of outer fabric for outside of bag
- Cut one 10″W x 21½”L of lining fabric for lining of bag
- Cut one 8″W x 11L of lining fabric for zipper pocket
- Cut one 2″W x 8½”L of lining for zipper facing
- Cut two 5″W x 7½”L for each of lining and outer fabric for bag sides
- Cut two 4½”W x 7″L Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Stabilizer for bag sides
- Cut one 2″W x 4″L of lining for strap anchors
- Cut one 2¼”W x 26″L of outer fabric for bag strap
Once all the cutting is complete the bag is ready to sew, let’s start with some of the smaller components.
How to make the strap anchors
Using the 2″W x 4″L piece of lining fabric, fold it in half and press along the length as shown.
Press the raw edges towards the pressed center fold as shown.
Press one folded edge towards the other and top stitch the anchor strap ⅛” in along each side.
Top stitch the anchor fabric as shown.
Making straps for the clutch
Tuck in the short ends of the strap fabric (2¼”W x 26″L) ¼” to the wrong side of the fabric and iron, fuse the 1″ x 25″ piece of interfacing down the center. The method for making the straps is the same as the anchor straps- ironing, folding and top stitching. Please refer to the method above.
How to add the swivel hooks
The strap is fed through the bottom of the UNIQUE SEWING Swivel Hook and top stitched ⅛” from the end of strap folded onto itself, much like the anchor straps and D rings.
The cutting, strap anchors and strap for the bag is now complete, what are straps without a bag? Visit back tomorrow when I show how to embark on the next steps of this clutch making process and I’ll show how easy it is to make a faced, neat and tidy looking zipper pocket.
Until then happy sewing!
This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: How to attach magnetic snaps and making the easiest tote pocket ever
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