HOW TO MAKE… A CLUTCH BAG
3 lining on one side, then do the same on the other side, this time leaving a gap of approximately 7.5cm (3") in the lining so you can turn the bag RS out later on.
If your zip is a little shorter than the width of the bag, at this point you’ll also need to sew two little indents across the top of where Fabric 2 meets the Fabric 3 lining, up to the points where the zip tape begins and ends.
Before turning it through to the RS, the bottom of the bag needs to be given a little depth and shape. To do this, fold the corners of the quilted velvet back on themselves, so the side seam line runs down the middle of this newly pinched-out corner. Sew a line across the corner, roughly 5cm (2") down from the point, as shown. Don’t trim these corners away as they’ll add to the structure of the finished bag.
Turn the clutch bag RS out through the gap left in the lining. Fold the raw edges at the gap to the WS, then pin and sew using blind slip stitch.
Next, create a tassel to attach to the zip pull. Cut a length of navy blue thread approximately 15cm (6") long and put aside. Wrap the remaining thread around a piece of A6 card 30 times. Slip the 15cm (6") length of thread through the loop of wound thread and tie together at the top. Now slide the bundle of thread off the card.
Secure with another short piece of thread, tying it around the bundle roughly a quarter of the way down. Cut the lower part of the bundle to release the strands of thread, then trim to neaten. Attach the tassel to the zip using the thread ends at the top.