Snappy Front Pocket Clutch
Let’s try one more bit ‘o fun with the basic clutch pattern – a front pocket clutch with a snappy strap. Like all the rest of the clutches, choose your size and have fun. My clutch measures about 9 ½” wide by 5 ½” high with a zippered top closure and a fully lined interior with two inner drop pockets. Please read through all the instructions before beginning this bag.
To make this bag cut two 10” wide by 6” high pieces for the front and back, and another two 10” by 6” pieces for the contrast outside pocket. For the lining, cut two pieces 10” wide by 5 ½” high, and for the optional inner pocket cut one piece 10” wide by 8” high. I cut my strap 3” wide by 12” long – this is longer than I needed, but I wanted the extra length for insurance. Cut the following out of fusible fleece: four pieces 10” by 6”, one piece 10” by 4”, and one piece 3” by 12”. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the front and back pieces, the contrast pocket pieces, the strap piece and to one half of the pocket piece. You will also need a magnetic closure or sew-on hook and eye closure material such as Velcro) and a 12″ to 14″ coordinating zipper.
Create a pattern for the outside pocket by folding a 10” by 6” piece of paper in half, short sides together. Starting about ¾” inch down from the top of the page, draw a curved edge from the non-folded side of the paper toward the center fold (I used a plate as a guide), and a straight line from the curve to the center fold. This will be your seam line. Cut your pattern (still folded in half) along the seam line. When you unfold your paper you will have a pattern for the outside pocket.
If using a magnetic closure, now is the time install the first half. If you are using Velcro, you can hand sew it in after the bag is complete. I do not like to use adhesive Velcro on fabric – I have had better results with the “sew-on” kind. To install the magnetic closure, use the metal backing as a marking template on the back side of your material.
To create the snap closure strap, fold the 3” by 12” fabric right sides and short ends together. At the fold, measure a generous ¼” seam line on each side for an inch or so. Draw a curve between the seam lines. Before sewing install the second half of the magnetic closure ¾” from the sewn edge (I forgot and had to install it after sewing. It is possible, but much easier to do before you sew). Using a generous ¼” seam, sew both long sides and on your drawn curve. Trim the curve, turn right side out, and top stitch close to the seamed edges.
Now for the tricky part – deciding how long to make your snap closure strap… The strap will come from between the zipper and clutch back and around to meet with the magnetic closure in front. To be honest, this is where using Velcro is easier – you can just sew it on after your strap is in place. To use the closure, I pinned the strap to the back at the generous ¼” seam allowance and folded it over to the front to meet the front closure. I moved the strap around until it was where I wanted it to be. It may be wise to try this with scrap material the first time and note your measurements. This will be unique to your clutch and depends on where you placed the magnetic closures. When you have your strap in its proper location, baste it to the right side of the bag. Make sure that the magnetic closure is facing away from the bag.
Now sew the pockets, lining, and clutch together as described in the previous basic zippered clutch tutorial. Voila – a snappy front pocket clutch. This would also be fun in a larger size with a wrist strap – perfect for when you just need a little something. It also makes a great gift – it’s not too soon to start planning for the holidays… Enjoy, and be sure to visit next week to Try Something New!