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″.
- Cut main fabric to Pattern Piece “1.” Cut lining fabric to Pattern Piece “2.”
- Transfer and mark pleat points (on pattern) on the main (outer) fabric.
- Fold both outer points in toward center. Finger press and sew the pleat flat (1/4″ seam allowance).
- (OPTIONAL) If using piping, attach piping to the curved edge of one piece of main fabric.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat with other panels.
- 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.
- Open zipper halfway and repeat the process with the lining. This time leave a 3-4″ hole to turn the bag right side out.
- 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.
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.
Clark Pouch by Lotta Jansdotter (on sale)
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43 Responses to “Make It: sketchy pleat clutch”
Monogrammed Notebook says:
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Free pattern: Sketchy Pleat Clutch | Craft Idea says:
[...] 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… [...]
Diva Silva says:
I love it!Thank you for share.
Great tutorial! I love the fabrics and the center pleat.
Thank you so much, Beth!
Ana Lopes says:
Absolutely cute those clutchs !
Thanks for sharing tutorial,
Hugs from Portugal
monica fernandez says:
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..!!!
Mónica Fernandez says:
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..!!!
Jessica Abbott says:
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!
Jessica Abbott says:
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!
You are so welcome, Jessica. And thank you for the invitation.
A Misener says:
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… ?
Good catch! Thank you, I have edited step 5.
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.
Thanks for the suggestion, Kallie! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the pattern.
Marvelous! Thanks so much for sharing!
November 10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends « Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog says:
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Gifts to (Possibly) Make for the Holidays « Crebain.net says:
[...] Pleated Clutch – In this tutorial, they make their own fabric designs with fabric markers, which I think is a great idea, but I’d also love to make these with already-patterned fabric. [...]
BBWI’s handmade Christmas « Borough Belles WI says:
[...] And if you have any fabric left over, how about a co-ordinated make-up bag: [...]
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?
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.
Thank you for the sweet words, everyone!
Thanks so much for the tutorial/pattern! Planning to make one for my mother-in-law for Christmas…and probably one more for me.
Lined Zip Clutch Tutorial | Mia Prima Casa says:
[...] 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 [...]
Did your clutch today! Pretty awesome!! I can’t wait to make more!!
Thanks Kelsy – your leather clutch looks great!
Thank you for sharing this great tutorial.
Here’s mine, with a few modifications: http://roseleej.blogspot.com/2013/01/pleated-clutch-from-charm-stitch.html
Thanks so much for sharing, I <3 this project and can't wait to make some of my own!
DIY Friday!! | A Day In the Life of Jennay says:
[...] here to see Laura’s original post for instructions on how to make your own Pleated [...]
This is how mine turned out – thanks for the tutorial!
- Lyndi says:
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: http://bit.ly/10RpP35
I’m now already looking forward to make another. And another one after that…
Have a nice day!
This is too cute! Now, let me find some cute-printed fabrics first…
Btw, permission to share on my Twitter account? Thank you for sharing!
A list of 30+ free tutorials and patterns for wallets and pouches | a little bird made me says:
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Clutch | Sewing Away says:
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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!
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!
@abitofanethusiast, that is a great idea! I hope your friends like the pattern too.
Theresa P says:
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!
Serene Chng says:
Thank you so much for such a great tutorial!! I love the clutch and made one myself!
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