A Simple Evening Clutch…


Colette our newest designer at Ribbon Jar created this fabulous Evening Clutch!

She started with our Super Wide Black Scalloped Lace

Purse pattern
And created this Purse Pattern…

Colette’s Tutorial complete with Photos follows:

Before you begin, gather the following Supplies.

1)      8in. X 3in. metal purse frame.  I ordered mine here (https://www.etsy.com/transaction/140861742?ref=fb2_tnx_title).
2)      Two pieces of fabric for the outer part of the purse, cut from the pattern provided.  A ½ yard scrap is more than enough. (I used a silver satin).
3)      Two pieces of fabric for the inner lining of the purse, cut from the pattern provided (I used a black satin).
4)      Iron-on, medium weight fleece interfacing.
5)      Matching threads, scissors, pins.
6)      A cut out of the purse pattern.
7)      A beautiful piece of thick lace from the Ribbon Jar.
8)      (Not shown in photo, but also needed) fabric glue (I use E6000).

Supplies11)      Fold outer fabric & lining fabric in half & iron a crease.

2)      Place pattern along the fold.  Trace & cut 2 of each fabric (lining & outer) & the interfacing. (For a total of 6 matching pieces).


3)  Open & lay out the outer layer fabric.  Lay your lace vertically on the fabric & cut a piece for your purse (leave about an inch extra on the top & bottom; you can trim it to fit later).  Do this for both sides of your outer purse.

Lay your fabric right-side up.  Find the vertical center of your lace & align it with the crease in the fabric.  Pin the lace to the outer layer of the purse.  Do this for both outer pieces.  Stitch along the entire perimeter of the lace to adhere it to the outer fabric.


4) Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer purse fabric.  The interfacing may need to be trimmed a little, so it is a tiny bit smaller than the outer fabric.  If you are using a satin or like fabric, be very careful w/ the iron.  You need it hot to melt glue on the interfacing, but not so hot that it will melt the satin.  You could also use a sew-on interfacing if you’d like.


5)  Place the lining fabric on top of the outer fabric, right sides together.  Pin & stitch the top curved section.  Trim the lace to be even w/ the fabric edge just sewn.  Turn purse right-side out, clip corners & press.



6)      Next, turn the purse back to inside-out.  Tuck the lining layers up & pin the outer purse layers, right-sides together, & sew.  Trim the lace to be even w/ the fabric edge.  Be sure that the top (curved) part of the purse (that was just stitched) is tucked out of the way for sewing.


7)       Box out the corners of the purse.  Line the seams up & pin to the end to hold tight. Measure in 1 ½ inches & draw a line.  Sew a straight seam along this line.  Cut the excess corners off.


8)      Now, do the same thing to the purse lining fabric.  Pin the right sides of the liner together.  When sewing the perimeter, leave a space about the size of your hand, so the purse can turn through when finished.  Box out the corners of the liner the same way as the outer fabric.


9)      Reach through the space in the liner, & pull the purse through so it is right-side out. Fold in to the seam of the liner & stitch closed.


We are almost done!  Only 1 thing left to do.


Ready to glue your purse to the frame?


10)      I suggest you glue only one side of the purse at a time.  It is easier if your first side is dry before you do the next.  I waited 24 hours between gluing sides.  Run the glue along the inside of the purse frame.  Remember, only do 1 side of the frame at a time.  Do not worry if glue gets on the outside of the frame. Just wipe it away w/ a cloth.  It is also very easy to rub/pick it off after it dries.


11)      Start working the fabric into the frame.  Be sure that the center of the lace is lined up with the purse closure.  Be careful not to get the glue on the outer fabric of the purse. Although it does dry clear, you can still see some glue on the fabric after it dries.  I used a wooden skewer to help tuck the  fabric into the frame.  I mostly used the stick from the inside of the purse, so if glue did get on the fabric, it wouldn’t show. Let the first side dry over night & then repeat the process w/ the second side.




Thanks Colette!

We look forward to future projects you’ll be sharing in Ribbon Jar Newsletter!

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