DIY LEOPARD FOLD OVER CLUTCH (TUTORIAL)

An oversized fold over clutch has been on my sewing to-do list for ages. They’re such gorgeous statement bags, and perfect for date night and fancier events. The problem was that I didn’t have a good fabric to use. I was always on the lookout, but could never find anything that I really loved. Then last month, in a stroke of good fabric buying luck, I found myself with three fabrics that I realized would all make amazing oversized clutches. The only problem was that with three choices, I was having an impossible time deciding which one to use for the clutch!
So I pulled out my new Sprout by HP and used their drawing program to draw out a pretty little fashion illustration. Then I used the overhead camera capability to take a photo of all three potential fabrics, and then stuck them in the illustration to see which one I liked best. It was still a tough call, but finally I decided.
Based off of my drawing, which one would you have picked?

Of course I went with Leopard. It’s classic, chic, can be dressed up or down, and well, leopard is just my favorite. I whipped up the clutch and then styled it for date night with a leather jacket, white denim, and a gray sweatshirt.


hand-me-down martin + osa leather jacket (similar splurge, similar save here and here
lulu*s caged heels, c/o, similar here
clutch, made by me (similar here and here)
baublebar earrings, similar here
After I made the clutch, I created this simple oversized fold over clutch, and then used my Sprout by HP to create my tutorial. It’s not like my regular tutorials with basic illustrations — I used the overhead camera to take images of the fronts and backs of the fabric I used, and then added those images into my tutorial so it’s easier to differentiate the pattern pieces!
Click through to see the tutorial!

Materials: 
1/2 yard faux fur fabric (I found mine in the blanket fabric section of Jo-Ann’s)
1/2 yard lining (I used a heavy weight woven blend from Fabric.com)
1 package of heavy weight iron-on interfacing (purchased at Jo-Ann’s)
matching thread
14″ industrial zipper (purchased at Jo-Ann’s)
small square of faux or real leather (c/o leather hide store)

Step 1 // Cut your fabric, your lining and your interfacing. You should have 2 rectangles of each, 15″x18′ for the fabric and lining, and 12″x15″ for the interfacing.

Step 2 // Using the instructions on the package, adhere your interfacing to the wrong side of your fur fabric pieces. Center them so you have room to sew around the edges on all four sides.

Step 3. Take one piece of fur and one piece of lining, and place them wrong sides together. Unzip your zipper, and on the top edge, sandwich your zipper between the two fabrics. Fold over the top edge of both fabrics and pin them carefully along the zipper. [I pinned the fur to one side of the zipper first, and then pinned the lining to the other side after that, placing pins on both sides since it was easier than trying to pin them to the zipper at the same time]. Now sew along those folded edges (the top edge of the purse) with a straight seam, attaching the fur, lining, and one side of the zipper together. Repeat for the other side so both sides of the zipper are attached. Make sure you position all your fabrics and your zipper correctly so your zipper will zip up properly and when zipped up, both outsides will be fur.

Step 4. This is now what your project should look like. Zipper in the middle, fur on the outside, and lining attached to both pieces underneath (with wrong sides of the fabric together).

Step 5. Lay your bag flat with right sides together, lining up the sides, and pin around the three (non-zippered) sides of the bag. Sew around it with a straight stitch. On the zipper pull side, stop your stitching directly under the zipper. On the opposite side of the zipper, sew all the way over the zipper to create a nice finished look.

Step 6. Once your seams are done, trim your corners at an angle so the points are super sharp when you turn the bag right side out.

Step 7. Now your bag should look like this.

Step 8. Cut a small rectangle of leather, 1″x2.” Fold it in half and pin it to the long ends of the zipper tape. Sew across the fold several times to secure it in place.

Step 9. And you’re DONE!

This post was created in partnership with HP