Spring Clutch

Have you ever bought something that came in a fabric bag that you liked and you couldn’t throw the bag away? Because this happens to me all the time. I have a little fabric bag collection going from shoes, sheets and even my Moby Wrap. If you have no clue what I’m talking about here is a picture…

My Mom bought an amazing duvet cover from Pottery Barn a few years ago and it came in this bag… I had to have it. I knew it would come in “craft-project-handy” one day and I was right. It only took me about 30 minutes to make because it was already halfway done for me.

Take out the drawstring and sew up the top.

Fold the bag into itself, take the top that you just sewed shut and make that new bottom. Make sure the two layers are completely touching.

Now sew a line around what is now the top of the bag. This will make it easier to sew the zipper on. I added one of my fabric labels.

Now add the zipper. I bought these zippers from an Etsy shop last week and I love them! They were much cheaper than in a craft store and even came with a zipper pull, it was hard to choose a color with this fabric.
Start with one side of your bag. Now- I know making a traditional zipper pouch would hide your zipper, but first of all I don’t mind the exposed zipper and secondly this way is much quicker. I am big on free time these days so I dont waste it! Pin one side of your zipper to the inside of one side of the pouch.

(outside view)
My zipper was 14″ and my bag was about 12″ so I needed to make my zipper shorter. It is easy, just pick the place where you want your zipper to end and handstitch about 5-6 times around the zipper. You can actually cut the zipper after you do this, but I just tucked mine into the bag.
Sew this first side using your zipper foot if you have one. Tip: move the zipper around when you are sewing so that you dont have to sew around the actual zipper and your line will look uniform.

Do the same thing on the other side. Pin your zipper and sew. You will want the zipper to be open to sew this side.
There are you have it, it literally too me longer to write this post. Also, I feel good about actually crafting somthing out of this “free” fabric!

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  1. says

    again, so impressed with your sewing skills! i am not a sewer..i wish i was, but im not. this is absolutely beautiful! i would use this everyday, especially in this perfect spring weather! its so cute taylor, just love it!

  2. says

    This is so cute! Good choice with that pink zipper. Funny, I used to live on a horse ranch called Taylor Made. Your blog name brings back memories…..

  3. says

    Brilliant idea! I love those little bags, too, and I even have some that people have made for me (creative gift bags) and I can’t bear to part with them but I have too many to use (and its so hard to part with them…). I will definitely be playing with this!

  4. says

    As soon as I saw this, I knew it was the PB fabric! That’s one of my favorites! This is such a cute way to re-use the fabric and make something fun for spring!

  5. says

    hiya , great tutorial , love the fabric and think i might try this tfs
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  6. says

    This is soooo cute! I currently have 3 of those little bags that things come in that I just can’t get rid of. I knew I could do *something* with them. Now you have given me some ideas! : ) What a great little gift that would be, too!

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