For this project I bought:
– One 9 inch brass zipper (brass so it would stand out)
– A 12×24 inch piece of upholstery leather. I bought the leather from here on Amazon (affiliate link, y’all)
– The fabric, interfacing, and thread were already stashed away in my sewing supplies
I am not so good with explaining sewing things and the putting the words into sentences thing, so here’s the basic premise of this clutch – have you ever made a pillowcase? Or any type of case/pouch/bag where it’s just a long piece of fabric folded in half with the sides sewn up? That’s what this is. Make a lining for the leather, sew up the long sides, and turn it inside out to make a pouch. Attach a zipper, and that’s that.
First I trimmed the leather to make sure all the sides were even. Then I ironed the fabric and cut it to the same size as the leather. Next, I attached some fusible interfacing to the fabric. That step was optional, but the interfacing helps stiffen the fabric up a bit and in turn stiffens the leather too, giving the clutch a bit more structure.
I (very carefully as to not pierce the leather) pinned the fabric to the leather, wrong sides together.
Next, I put a heavy-duty needle on my sewing machine. Then, I folded the piece of leather in half and sewed up the two longer sides from the bottom to about 2-3 inches from the top, leaving the top open so I would have more room to work on the zipper.
(This is the portion of the program when you should ignore everything I say and follow a different tutorial. I should have put the zipper in first, then sewed the sides. It made things a smidge more difficult, but it’s still doable.)
Once the sides were sewn up, it was easier to see what the final product would look like – turn that baby inside out and you’ve got a nice leather bag.
The final step was to sew the zipper into the top. Which, again, I probably should have done first, but alas. It still worked out pretty well. I don’t have any pictures of this, but it’s fairly self-explanatory – you stick the zipper on and sew it in place. The zipper I had was shorter than the opening of the purse (the zipper was 9 inches, the top of the bag was nearly 11) so I just centered it and then sewed the gaps on both sides closed.