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Sara Lawson, April Rhodes and Caroline Hulse designed beautiful new collections for Art Gallery Fabrics! AGF Limited Editions include eight quilting weight prints, plus two of the prints in knit and one in voile. Sara shared her free Brookfield Bag Pattern featuring Jungle Ave. prints, April Rhodes showed How to Sew French Seams with her Arizona collection and today Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline shows you how easy it is to make the free Date Night Clutch pattern! The Date Night Clutch shows off Caroline’s new Gleeful fabrics with style.

Gleeful is happy, bright and feminine; it’s perfect for a Date Night Clutch and it releases in July!

You have a chance at an early fat quarter bundle of Gleeful! Comment below with a favorite Gleeful print, tell us what jumps out at you from the stack or what you’ll make with Gleeful.


This easy-to-sew clutch will be the perfect go-to for your next date night or girl’s night out! It fits your essentials, PLUS it’s easy to sew them up in all your favorite fabrics!

I am so honored to be here sharing a project with my soon-to-be-released fabric line, Gleeful. This fabric line is full of cheerful prints, bright colors and easy to use fabrics. I can’t wait for you to see it in person! Until then, you can see some project I’ve created over here.

Supplies:

  • Printer, paper + tape
  • Date Night Clutch PDF pattern
  • Two 11″ squares of fabric or one fat quarter for the main fabric (pictured here: Cheerful Echo by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics)
  • Two 11″ squares of fabric or one fat quarter for the lining fabric (pictured here Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Banana Cream)
  • 1/3 yard Shape Flex (Optional)
  • One 10″ x 4″ metal clutch frame (similar here)
  • 527 multi-use glue or B-6000 glue
  • Scissors, coordinating thread, sewing machine
  • Chopstick or some other sort of “poker”

Step One:
Print the PDF pattern, tape it together matching the circle in the center and cut it out.

Step Two:
Using the pattern as a guide, cut two from the main fabric, two from the lining fabric, and (optional) two from Shape Flex interfacing. If you choose to use interfacing, iron it on to the wrong side of your lining fabric at this time. Be sure to either cut out or mark the two notches on the sides.

Step Three:
Starting with the lining, start sewing (using a 3/8″ seam allowance) at one notch and sew to the bottom corner, across the bottom and up to the next notch. Repeat this for the main fabric.

Next, we will box the corners by taking the seam line from the bottom and matching it with the side seam line. This will create a triangular corner that you will then measure down 1″ from the peak. Mark this spot and then mark a line parallel to the point (OR perpendicular to the bottom seam). Sew across this line and repeat for the other corner on the lining fabric and the two corners on the main fabric.

When all your corners are finished, clip them so the seam allowance is 1/4″.

Step Five:
Turn the lining fabric wrong side out and the main fabric right side out, then place the main fabric inside the lining fabric; be sure to match up the side seams. Pin in place starting at the notches and all the way around the top. Sew these in place (using 3/8″ seam allowance). Be sure to leave a 2″ opening across one top for turning. When you’re all sewn up, turn your clutch right side out and press. Pay special attention to pressing the seam allowances.

Step Six:
Top stitch the opening in place and begin to glue to the inside crevice of the metal frame clutch. Add glue to the crevice and use a chopstick or other “poker” device to stuff the edge of your fabric. You’ll want to be sure it is smooth and even. Start on one side, let it dry for about thirty minutes and then move on to the next.

All glues are different, but to be safe let your clutch dry for 24 hours before use.

That’s it! Wasn’t it easy? I can’t wait to see all of the clutches you create!

Happy sewing and thanks for reading! I’d be honored for you to take a peek at my blog or my photos on Instagram!