Summer Sewing ~ Eye Candy Clutch

on June 14 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 86 Comments

Tori joins us from her new blog, One Eleven! She showed us some really amazing versions of her Eye Candy Clutch– zippered pouches with some easy style. Tori’s trick with our favorites is to choose four solid colors in the same color family (shades of red + orange, for example). She also has a great multicolored version (you could try for a fun rainbow effect!). You can see some of these options at the bottom of the tutorial. Today’s tutorial is an easy-to-sew project and gives a great finished product. Visit One Eleven and don’t miss Tori’s introduction too.

You Will Need:

  • 7” Zipper
  • Zipper Foot
  • 2 – 8 ½ “ X 4 ½ “ Pieces of fabric for your lining
  • 2 – 8 ½” X 4 ½” Pieces of fusible lightweight Interfacing
  • 4 different colors of fabric– From those colors cut two of each 11” X 2 ¼” strips (giving you a total of 8 strips of fabric

Assemble The Panels
1. Arrange your color strips (four strips for each side) the way you would like to see them for your finished project.

2. Take the first two strips and place them right sides together and stitch along the bottom. Open it up and place the third strip on top of your second strip right sides together and stitch. Open it up and place your fourth strip on top of your third strip right sides together and stitch. Press. Repeat with the remaining four strips.

3. Take one of your panels and cut down the middle so you will have two smaller panels. Repeat with the other panel. You should now have four smaller panels. Set your sewing machine to your longest stitch and sew down each side of your panels leaving some extra thread for gathering. Repeat for the other panels.

4. Take either the top thread or the bobbin thread and start tugging on it gently to begin gathering up the fabric. Press to set creases. Repeat on the remaining pieces.

5. Gently stretch your pieces out to the size of your interfacing. Take two of your panels and, with right sides together, sew down one side of the panel. Repeat for other side. You should now have two panels again.

6. Place your panel over the interfacing, making sure the crease is aligned with the center of your interfacing. Fuse together. Trim all excess fabric and thread.

Assemble The Pouch
7. Place your lining right side up and pin the zipper to the edge of one of your lining pieces with the zipper right side up. Using your zipper foot, stitch all the way across relatively close to the teeth. Repeat with the second piece of lining and the other half of the zipper.

8. With one of the outer panels right side up, place one side of the zipper right side down lining up the edges. Pin and stitch across, trying to stitch on top of the same stitch used to sew the zipper to the lining. Repeat with other side.

9. Open the pieces. The lining pieces should be right sides together on one side of the zipper and the outer pieces should be right sides together on the other side. Pull the zipper open about half way. Now pin and stitch along all three sides leaving the bottom of the lining open. Trim the zipper and edges if needed.

10. Cut the corners and turn right side out through the opening of the lining carefully push the corners out. Topstich the lining to close press and Enjoy!

Looking for color combo ideas?

You’ll want to make lots of versions!

Here’s the rainbow look.

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86 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ Eye Candy Clutch

  1. Hello, I am grand mother above fifty some thing from new jersey I don’t like black circles under eyes because my career wish me get pretty constantly. I desire to know how to remove that black circles under eyes faster safetly. Cheers!

  2. I’m always looking for creative ideas and these are beautiful. Thanks for this great tutorial!

  3. Filipa says:

    Love the colours! I’m such a big fan of blue. Reminds me of the beach. Man, do I need a break!

  4. I carry too much stuff for a clutch, but this is a neat idea.

  5. Lynn says:

    So cute! I’ll add it to my list. Thanks!

  6. Lizzie says:

    Oh this is awesome! I want to make one for all of my outfits hahaha

  7. Natalie says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love the different color combos.

  8. Jacque says:

    This is such a great tutorial! Love the idea of using up scrap solids!

  9. Stephanie S says:

    So fun!

  10. Linda says:

    Putting this on my to make list 🙂

  11. Natalie says:

    So simple and summery. I love it.

  12. Karen says:

    this a such a sweet tutorial and a great little clutch.

  13. Fran says:

    Love the blues….that ombre look…very elegant !
    Thanks for a cool tuturial.

  14. hueisei says:

    Great Tutorial… I never seen so colorful pouches before. I will give it a try 🙂

  15. Suzanne says:

    Excellent idea!

  16. Linda says:

    Hello, Great project. I’m thinking this clutch pattern may be a good one for my daughter to practice her sewing skills. Thanks.

  17. Sherry. Jagels says:

    That is so cool thanks

  18. Charlotte says:

    Great color combos!

  19. Michelle says:

    What cute little zipper totes!

  20. Heather Joy says:

    Looks like a fun project, can’t wait to make one….perhaps pink 🙂

  21. Maeve says:

    Really cool pattern design! Love the use of multiple colors too! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  22. kathyh says:

    this is cute.

  23. nopinkhere says:

    the purple one calls my name!

  24. Rhonda says:

    Not only do I love this bag but I love the way the tutorial is written…too cute! Thanks for sharing!

  25. sarah Markos says:

    very cute idea. Love zipper pouches.

  26. Ramona says:

    Love all the color combos though I think the pink one is my favorite.

  27. Jennifer says:

    cute idea! Love the purples.

  28. Joanna says:

    Really cute and useful. Nice tuturial, Tori.

  29. Katrina H says:

    Great use of color! I love the different versions.

  30. This seems so EASY! I think I actually might try it. 🙂

  31. VickiT says:

    Awesome job on all of these. I really love the purple one and the other with pinks and purple. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  32. Marcia W. says:

    Cute – like both rainbow and purple

  33. Janet K says:

    This is a great little zipper clutch tutorial – thanks!

  34. Sarah says:

    Will have to try. Would look nice with black, white and gray.

  35. Alex says:


  36. Liz T. says:

    I have some scraps left from a rainbow project, I’m totally doing this!

  37. Rebecca says:

    so bright and cheerful!

  38. Jessica says:

    This is such a cute clutch!

  39. Jessica says:

    What a super idea! My daughter wants me to make one for her asap!

  40. Sydney says:

    So cute! It reminds me of a bandeau swim top – perfect for summer 😉

  41. Christina G. says:

    Great tutorial. They are all so pretty.

  42. Taysha Riggs says:

    I like the blue one!

  43. Lindsey says:

    These look great. I think I might make a larger version with handles for a beach bag.

  44. brenda says:

    Very pretty and looks simple enough to do.

  45. LiEr says:

    Tori! My middle daughter will LOVE the rainbow clutch! Two of her favorite things – rainbows and purses – in one hip item! Thank you for the tutorial.

  46. susan h says:

    gorgeous clutch!

  47. Amy G. says:

    super cute clutch!

  48. Kathy says:

    What a clever version of the zipper bag! It would also be fun in stripes, or prints. I will definitely play with this. A great tutorial!

  49. Sonya M says:

    Love the version in blues, but the other colour combos are great too! Thanks for the tutorial!

  50. Anne Marie says:

    Love the rainbow clutch.

  51. Tara says:

    Very cute! I love the pool blue colors of the first one.

  52. Rebekah says:

    How fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  53. Lorrie Orr says:

    So pretty – Blue is my favorite color!

  54. Jocelyn says:

    Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  55. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like a much easier way to get the zipper into a clutch. Thanks for the help!

  56. suzee says:

    i like the purple version alot! great tutorial

  57. lisa says:

    fun!!! I’ll even try the ‘zipper’ part of it. haven’t done zippers….yet. this one looks easy. thanks so much!

  58. Ellen Ban says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! These are so summery!

  59. craftytammie says:

    what a fun clutch! great tutorial!

  60. Nadine B says:

    Super cute. I love the rainbow one.

  61. Sara says:

    that’s a really cute clutch. love the stripes!

  62. Steph G. says:

    Lovely tutorial! Thanks!

  63. Margie Bennett says:

    Very cute pouch. Its nice that you came up with such a different design.

  64. N. Perez says:

    Cute 🙂

  65. Tara says:

    Fun AND flirty! I love!

  66. Tammy says:

    Very pretty! So nice and summery.

  67. Steph says:

    Very cute–love the gathers!

  68. Deanna says:

    Seriously I just made a skirt in the same blue color combination. Nicely written tutrorial.

  69. Kati says:

    Very fun! Love all the bright colors! Perfect for summer. 🙂

  70. Donna B says:

    cute! thanks for sharing

  71. Laura P says:

    Great bag! Very cute.

  72. Oh, I just love these bright colors and the horizontal stripes! Just so happy and pretty! Thanks for the tutorial…

  73. Amy A says:

    What a fun little pouch! I can see one in my diaper bag.

  74. Emily says:

    This clutch is adorable! I don’t usually play with solids, but this tutorial may have changed my mind.

  75. Lori says:

    These are fantastic! I love!

  76. Martina says:

    Great project! Thank you!

  77. Deb Joseph says:

    These purses are so adorable…I need one right away;)

  78. Maya says:

    Nice tutorial. I like the rainbow one!

  79. Joan says:

    What a nice twist on a clutch/zip bag!

  80. Lynne in NC says:

    Just the right size for me. Love the color combos and the tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing this one.

  81. Mruna says:

    These are excellent! Love them!

  82. Alice S says:

    cute! I like seeing it in so many colors.

  83. Lena Verv says:

    So so cute. I’m loving the purple!

  84. Gill says:

    Thanks Tori!
    I love the rainbow version!

  85. Eleonora says:

    oh…an easy project for a beginner as I am!thanks!…what beautiful summer colours!

  86. Serena says:

    I love the rainbow one!

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