Updated on September 15, 2022 by Sarina

How to make a fold over clutch purse

A foldover clutch is just what it says it is – a clutch that is folded over. It is an easy way to make a clutch purse. You just need some fabric and 2 magnetic snaps.

And interfacing. There is nothing that matters more than interfacing (other than the outer fabric) to make a bag or a purse look good, so stock up on lots of interfacing if you intend to make bags or purses like this. (Find out what all you need to make bags and purses here.)

I am also using 2 magnetic snaps as fasteners

How to sew the Fold-over clutch


How to sew the fold over clutch – sewing tutorial

Cut out the fabric pieces for the clutch purse.

cut out 2 pieces of outer fabric and 2 pieces of lining 15 inch by 11 inch

Cut out two pieces of the outer bag and two pieces for the lining of dimension – 14 inches by 11 inches. Adjust as needed. Attach interfacing. 

Shorten the lining pieces by 1/2 inch

On the 11-inch side, cut out 1/2 inch- do for both lining pieces.
cut off 1/2 inch from one short edge of the lining pieces

Attach magnetic snap on lining

On both the pieces of lining, attach the two parts of a magnetic snap 1 inch from the short edge. If your lining fabric has a right side, this is attached on the right side.
on lining attach the two sides of the magnetic snap

Attach the snaps

It will be better to interface the back where the snap is attached.The magnetic snap is placed 1 inch from the short edge.
Do not forget to attach interfacing in the nback of the snaps

Attach Magnetic snap to outer fabric

The other magnetic snap is attached to one of the outer fabrics – the one you mean to place on the front. The projecting part is attached 3 inches from one edge, and the other part is placed 5 1/2 inches from the other end. Remember to center align and try to close it so that it looks alright.

Sew the 2 bags (Seperately) – outer and lining

Sew the outer bag by keeping the 2 outer pieces together (rightsides to the inside). Sew them together on the 3 sides.
Sew the lining bag by keeping the 2 lining pieces together (so that the magnetic snaps come inside). Sew them together on the 3 sides
sew the lining bag and the outer bag

Turn outer bag rightside out

the outer bag which is rightside out

Insert outer bag inside the lining bag

Keep the outer bag right side out and the lining bag right side in. Insert the outerbag inside the lining bag.
insert the outer bag inside the lining bag, rightsides touching inside
 

Stitch them together

Stitch the top edges together (that of lining and outer bag); But leave 2 inches unstitched.stitch the two bags together but leave 2 inches unstitched
 

Bring outer bag rightside out

The unstitched portion is for this – the outer bag is brought out through the holebring the outer bag right side out through the hole
 

Sew the hole shut

Press everything neatly so that the lining is tucked to the inside. You need to sew the hole closed. Either top stitch with machine or use slip stitches or whip stitchesPress in place. sew hole closed
 

The fold over clutch is finished

Now simply close the magnetic snaps on the front and your fold over clutch purse is done

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