I found this adorable orange gingham print fabric wandering around the stalls in Sham Shui Po and thought it’d make the cutest summer clutch. I love this oversized clutch pattern as it can be easily replicated (I’m definitely going to have to make a faux leather one soon). Plus, the contrast of crisp white with orange gingham makes it a wonderfully light and bright summer accessory. All we need now is for Typhoon Vincente to move on and the sunshine to set back in…
What you need:
- 1 Yard white felt
- 1 Yard gingham fabric
- Snap button
- Wooden button
- Needle & thread
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric scissors
- Tailors Chalk / Fabric Pen
- Poster Paper / Tracing paper
- Draw out the template for the clutch on the poster paper with a ruler. Cut out with a pair of scissors.
- Trace the template onto the white felt using the tailors chalk, cut out.
- Trace the template (minus the triangular end) onto the gingham fabric using the tailors chalk, cut out.
- Line the gingham along with the white felt and sew along the bottom width and two vertical sides. Leave the top width open.
- Flip the fabrics inside out (so that the sewing seam is on the inside & hidden).
- Fold the open end of the gingham fabric in under itself and sew it down.
- Sew a seam 0.5″ in from the edge along the bottom width and two vertical lengths.
- Draw a border 1.5″ in from the edge on the white triangle side of the clutch with the tailors chalk.
- Sew a wide stitch seam along the line (this seam will be purely aesthetic)
- Using the needle and thread, attach the wooden button to the white felt. Sew it at the point in the wide stitch seam.
- Continue with the needle and thread and attach the snap button directly under the wooden button on the other side of the felt.
This was one of the more time-consumming DIY projects I’ve done, however, relatively-speaking it still didn’t take too much time or effort. Within a couple of hours I had myself a lovely new clutch to match a plethora of summer outfits; perfect for a weekend boat trip or urban rooftop cocktails!