Make It: sketchy pleat clutch


Simple DIY today…

Drawn with fabric markers, cut from a curved pattern, and constructed with a single pleat for a handy sized zipper clutch. Suitable for sunglasses and a few other spare parts.

Finished Dimensions: 5.5 inches tall x 9 inches wide


  • Crayola Fabric Markers from the May Whimseybox
  • 7″ zipper
  • plain fabric measuring 15 x 12 for exterior (cut to 7.5″ x 12″ wide)
  • lining fabric measuring 15 x 12 (cut to 7.5″ x 12″ wide)
  • optional: 24″ bias corded trim/piping
  • usual suspects: pins, thread, needle, water soluble pen
  • This Complimentary Pattern


Using fabric markers by Crayola begin doodling your pattern on two plain fabric panels measuring 7.5″ tall x 12″ wide. Heat set according to manufacturers instructions.


Note: Seam allowances are approximately 3/8″.

  1. Cut main fabric to Pattern Piece “1.” Cut lining fabric to Pattern Piece “2.”
  2. Transfer and mark pleat points (on pattern) on the main (outer) fabric.
  3. Fold both outer points in toward center. Finger press and sew the pleat flat (1/4″ seam allowance).
  4. (OPTIONAL) If using piping, attach piping to the curved edge of one piece of main fabric.
  5. Place the main fabric face up and align one edge of the zipper to it (zipper head should be laying face down). Pin in place and sew with a zipper foot.
  6. Place lining fabric print side down on top of the main fabric (right side up) and attached zipper. The zipper should be laying flat against the main fabric as it was when sewn. Sew the lining to the zipper and main fabric. Press lining and main fabric away from zipper.
  7. Repeat with other panels.
  8. Place the main outer fabric halves right sides together, pushing the zipper tail away from the main fabric, sew these two panels with a half inch seam allowance.
  9. Open zipper halfway and repeat the process with the lining. This time leave a 3-4″ hole to turn the bag right side out.
  10. Turn the bag right side out through the hole and flatten the piece, pushing out the curved edges of the lining and main fabrics. Pinch the hole shut and sew closed.

Stuff lining inside the bag. You’re done.


I took a cue from a Lisa Stickley design to make the yellow pattern (also similar to an older Denyse Schmidt print, and a new large scale print by Lotta Jansdotter). The black line and dot pattern is the result of a doodle frenzy.

Other inspiration:

Clark Pouch by Lotta Jansdotter (on sale)

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43 Responses to “Make It: sketchy pleat clutch”

  1. Monogrammed Notebook says:

    June 13th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    [...] with Crayola fabric markers, the May Whimseybox held a fabric covered notebook and two cork discs (coasters, maybe) suitable [...]

  2. Free pattern: Sketchy Pleat Clutch | Craft Idea says:

    June 13th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    [...] The folks at Charm Stitch share a free pattern and tutorial on their blog for making their Sketchy Pleat Clutch.  It’s a diminutively minuscule zippered purse with rounded corners and a pleat at the center.  It’s just the right size to hold a pair of sunglasses, or other diminutively minuscule arbitrary bits and bobs.  Acquire the pattern and tutorial at Charm Stitch… [...]

  3. Diva Silva says:

    June 14th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I love it!Thank you for share.

  4. Beth says:

    July 3rd, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Great tutorial! I love the fabrics and the center pleat.

  5. Laura says:

    July 3rd, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Thank you so much, Beth!

  6. Ana Lopes says:

    July 16th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Absolutely cute those clutchs !
    Thanks for sharing tutorial,

    Hugs from Portugal

    Ana Lopes

  7. Laura says:

    July 17th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks, Ana!

  8. monica fernandez says:

    July 21st, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    it`s really lovely this bag. But ´can´t dowload the patterm…a problem with my adobe reader that it´s imposible down. Please can you send me to my mail adress….send you my respect and salutations..and thank you very much..!!!

  9. Mónica Fernandez says:

    July 21st, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Finally I can download the free patterm, dont´worry..i´m so great for this…i´ll do it…because next month i´ll go to a wedding and need something like this…than you..!!!

  10. Jessica Abbott says:

    August 3rd, 2012 at 6:45 am

    This is a fantastic little pouch, so handy for so many things! So happy to have found it!

    I hope you will consider uploading a photo of this into SewSet, a new on-line sewing pattern & tutorial search engine – so others can find it when looking and find you!

    Thank you so much for sharing!
    - Jess

  11. Jessica Abbott says:

    August 4th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with SewSet!

    I featured it as one of today’s top patterns.

    Thanks again, and have a great weekend!
    - Jess

  12. Laura says:

    August 4th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    You are so welcome, Jessica. And thank you for the invitation.

  13. A Misener says:

    October 12th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Such a cute pattern! Ben in step five do you mean place fabric face up? It says face down, but that doesn’t make sense with the zipper… ?

  14. Laura says:

    October 12th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Good catch! Thank you, I have edited step 5.

  15. Kallie says:

    October 25th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I love this- I’ve made several. I was impressed with how much makeup I fit in mine!

    I used some longer zippers that I had lying around for my first few attempts and just cut/stitched them to size, then used 7″ for a few more… I had better results with the longer zippers. I’m going to use 9″ zippers going forward. Something to consider if anyone else is desiring a little more of an opening.

  16. Laura says:

    October 25th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion, Kallie! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the pattern.

  17. Amanda says:

    October 28th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Marvelous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. November 10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends « Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog says:

    November 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am

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  19. Gifts to (Possibly) Make for the Holidays « says:

    November 18th, 2012 at 2:47 am

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  20. BBWI’s handmade Christmas « Borough Belles WI says:

    December 3rd, 2012 at 9:51 am

    [...] And if you have any fabric left over, how about a co-ordinated make-up bag: [...]

  21. Corinne says:

    December 3rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Hi, I love your clutch! It’s so cute, but I can’t seem to open the pattern, could you email it to me please?


  22. Jean says:

    December 4th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    These clutches are so cute — I made two this afternoon. They turned out so good I’m going to make more for family and friends. Thanks for the tutorial.

  23. Laura says:

    December 4th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for the sweet words, everyone!

  24. Kerry says:

    December 5th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Thanks so much for the tutorial/pattern! Planning to make one for my mother-in-law for Christmas…and probably one more for me. :)

  25. Lined Zip Clutch Tutorial | Mia Prima Casa says:

    January 13th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    [...] found the pattern and tutorial for this charming little clutch at Charm Stitch. I modified the original pattern by increasing the pattern size by two inches and choosing not to [...]

  26. Kelsy says:

    January 18th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Did your clutch today! Pretty awesome!! I can’t wait to make more!!

  27. Laura says:

    January 18th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks Kelsy – your leather clutch looks great!

  28. Roselee says:

    January 27th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great tutorial.
    Here’s mine, with a few modifications:

  29. Jennay says:

    February 18th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Thanks so much for sharing, I <3 this project and can't wait to make some of my own!

  30. DIY Friday!! | A Day In the Life of Jennay says:

    March 1st, 2013 at 7:18 am

    [...] here to see Laura’s original post for instructions on how to make your own Pleated [...]

  31. Lyndi says:

    May 20th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    This is how mine turned out – thanks for the tutorial!

  32. Lyndi says:

    May 20th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  33. Naomi says:

    May 21st, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Hi Laura,
    thank you so much for this lovely pattern and tutorial!
    I made (a slightly smaller) one last night using hand stamped fabric, so in case you wanna have a look, you can find it here:
    I’m now already looking forward to make another. And another one after that… :)
    Have a nice day!

  34. Sella says:

    May 21st, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    This is too cute! Now, let me find some cute-printed fabrics first…

    Btw, permission to share on my Twitter account? :D Thank you for sharing!

  35. A list of 30+ free tutorials and patterns for wallets and pouches | a little bird made me says:

    June 20th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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    July 13th, 2013 at 7:01 am

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  37. Clara says:

    July 23rd, 2013 at 11:38 am

    This is too cute! I just made a large purse and I had a lot of leftover fabric. I finally found the perfect clutch to go with it! Maybe it can be a makeup bag? Thanks for the tutorial!

  38. abitofanenthusiast says:

    August 27th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for this adorable pattern and helpful piccies! It’s the coolest. I enjoyed making this so much that I’m going to use it to teach some friends how to use their sewing machines with!

  39. Laura says:

    September 6th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    @abitofanethusiast, that is a great idea! I hope your friends like the pattern too.

  40. Theresa P says:

    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hi There, Love your tutorial, very clear instructions and great pictures. Thank you for sharing :) I used it to make my first clutch and it perfectly fits my cell phone, lipstick, keys, and a few cards. Thanks again!

  41. Serene Chng says:

    June 30th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you so much for such a great tutorial!! I love the clutch and made one myself!

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