Stiff Stuff & Texture Magic = Clutch Purse (A Tutorial)
Do you need a new purse for a holiday party? This is an EASY and QUICK clutch purse . . . and CUTE, too!
You will need:
Main fabric – one piece 2.5″ x 13″ and one piece 12.5″ x 13″
Accent fabric - one piece 4″ x 16″ (for front detail)
Lining fabric – one Fat Quarter
Batting – one piece 14″ x 18″
Stiff Stuff – one piece 14″ x 18″
Texture Magic – one piece 15.5″ x 3.5″
Pin your Texture Magic to the wrong side of the Accent Fabric. Stitch wavy lines. These are about 1/3 inch apart. Apply steam from a hot iron to the Texture Magic WITHOUT touching it. Stay above it! Watch as your fabric curls up and develops beautiful texture.
Sew a piece of the Main Fabric to each long side of the newly texturized Accent Fabric. This will be the exterior of your clutch.
Lay clutch exterior right side up on top of the batting and pin. Stitch several straight lines anywhere you want.
Trim batting and the excess Accent Fabric, making sure the piece remains ‘square’ (a squared rectangle as opposed to a wonky rectangle).
Lay quilted clutch exterior on top of lining fabric, right sides together. Sew 1/4″ around the outside edges of the exterior piece, leaving an 8″ opening on the short end opposite the accent piece end.
Trim excess. Measure the area between the edge stitching and cut the Stiff Stuff 1/2″ smaller than this measurement.
Reach inside and turn the bag right side out. Gently roll the Stiff Stuff and ease inside the bag between the batting and the lining. Smooth Stiff Stuff flat. Topstitch along the short end with the opening to close it and add another detail. Stitch a few more random lines across the bag – these will hold the Stiff Stuff in place.
Fold up, right sides together, about 4.5″ of the side away from the accent piece. Stitch a very tight zig zag stitch, catching just the very edges of the fabric. Turn right side out, fold down top.