Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

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Pleated Clutch Handbag

I once again delved into my stash and created a colorful and fun pleated clutch handbag.  This stash busting project is simple to make and only takes a few hours.  It is the perfect clutch for any time day or night.  I love the bright colors but you can use more subdued shades if that suits you.  The key to this simple clutch pattern is the alternating pleat colors.

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What you will Need:

  • 1/2 yd or remnant of exterior fabric
  • 1/4 yd or remnant of coordinating or contrasting fabric
  • 1/2 yd of lining fabric
  • 1/2 yd of fusible fleece
  • 1/4 yd of Pellon 808
  • 1 magnetic snap

Step 1: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Cut the fabrics as follows:

  • Outer Fabric
    • 12 strips measuring 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (Pleats)
    • 4 Strips measuring 2 1/2″ x 13″ (Top Panel)
  • Contrasting Fabric
    • 10 strips measuring 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (Pleats)
  • Lining Fabric
    • 2 pieces 6 1/2″ x 13″  (Body)
    • 4 pieces 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ (Pockets)
  • Fusible Fleece
    • 2 pieces 6 1/2″ x 23″ (Body)
    • 2 Pieces 6 1/2″ x 13″ (Top Panel)
  • Pellon 808
    • 2 pieces 6 1/2″ x 13″ (Top Panel)
    • 2 pieces 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ (Pockets)

Step 2: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Alternate 6 strips of the outer fabric with 5 pieces of the contrasting fabric and sew the strips right sides together along the long sides of the strips.  You should have one long piece of alternating colors.  Do the same thing with the remaining strips so that you have two identical pieces.  Use 1/4″ seam allowance throughout the pattern.

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Alternate the Pieces

Step 3: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Fuse the fusible fleece to the pieces you just created.

Step 4: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Create the pleats by first pressing two adjacent pieces wrong sides together so that the seam is right on the edge.  Top stitch close to the seam.  Repeat this step with each adjacent piece of fabric as shown for both pieces.

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Top Stitch the Edges

Step 5: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Continue to create the pleats by clipping the top stitched edges together at the top and bottom of the pieces as shown.  Sew along the entire top and bottom within the seam allowance so the pleats are sewn in place. Repeat for the other piece. Round off the bottom corners of both pieces.  Set aside.

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Clip the Pleats Together

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Sew the Pleats on the Top and Bottom

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Round the Edges

Step 6: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Create the top panel by fusing the fleece to two of the pieces.  Fuse the Pellon 808 to the other two pieces.

Step 7: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Sew the fleece fused panel right side together with the pleated body.  Repeat with  the other piece. Press and top stitch along the seam.

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Add the Top Panel to the Body

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Top Stitch Along the Edge

Step 8: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Create the pockets by fusing the Pellon 808 to two of the pocket lining pieces.  Take one fused piece and one non-fused piece and sew them right sides together leaving and opening for turning.  Repeat for the second pocket.  Turn the pocket right side out and press.  Top stitch the top of the pocket piece.

Step 9: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Center the pockets onto the body lining pieces and sew around three sides enclosing the opening you used to turn the pocket pieces.  Round the bottom corners in the same way you did the main body pieces.

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Add the Pockets

Step 10: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Center the magnetic snap on the Pellon fused top panel and insert according to manufacturers instructions.  Sew the Pellon fused top panels to the lining body pieces.  Press.

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Add the Magnetic Snaps

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Add the Top Panel to the Lining

Step 11: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew the two body pieces right sides together leaving the top open. Turn right sides out.

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Sew the Two Body Pieces Together

Step 12: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Sew the lining pieces in the same way but leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.

Step 13: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Insert the outer body piece into the lining piece so that the pieces are right sides together.  Sew around the top.  Turn the bag through the opening you left in the lining.

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Insert the Outer Bag into the Lining Right Sides Together

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Turn the Bag

Step 14: Pleated Clutch Handbag Tutorial

Sew the opening closed and insert the lining into the outer bag.  Top stitch around the top of the bag and you have finished this beautiful pleated clutch.

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Finished Bag

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