Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques
Discover how to make a clutch bag to complement any outfit in your wardrobe! Bag pattern and hardware designer Janelle MacKay will show you how to sew clutches with shapely structure, eye-catching metallic accents and professional-quality finishes. Start taking your bag-making skills to new levels by learning how to coordinate a variety of mix-and-match options: body style, hardware, flap shape, fabric and more. Janelle will share her techniques for making polished credit card, lipstick and internal zipper pockets. Ready to construct your bag? Find out how to do it without sewing on a curve and learn to attach a magnetic snap and turn lock. Move on to using stabilizers for shape and structure in your designs and learn a trick for perfectly aligning your closures. Complete class by adding an elegant touch with metallic trim, a strap and optional ruched panels.
Janelle MacKay has been working with fabric, patterns and bag hardware for almost 30 years. Based in Alberta, Canada, she travels around the world teaching at shops and sewing guilds. While her passion is designing wallet and bag patterns, she also loves to quilt. She's the co-author of "On The Go Bags: 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, pattern and bag hardware designer Janelle MacKay, and learn about the dozens of mix-and-match options you can choose from to make your own clutch. Then, Janelle will walk you through the the best fabric choices and explain what you should know about "fancy" fabrics.
Now that you've chosen your bag's features and fabric, it's time to get started on construction! Janelle will show you her tips and tricks to make professional-quality pockets with ease. When you're done, you'll have the perfect pockets to hold your lipstick and credit cards.
Do you struggle to insert perfect zippers? Not any more! Janelle guides you through the last pocket on your bag: an internal zipper with all the exposed edges neatly tucked away. Then she'll guide you through topstitching the pocket, and help you learn to use a zipper foot without fear.
Janelle walks you through the steps to finish up your lining and shows you how to begin your magnetic snap closures. She'll show you how to create the bag's side pieces without sewing on a curve, and you'll learn to make a perfect pieced front.
You're ready to start putting your bag together! Janelle will show you how to assemble the exterior pieces. Then, you'll learn how to attach a foam stabilizer, whether you can iron your fabric or not, to add even structure and make sure your bag always holds its shape.
In this lesson, Janelle shares her expert tips for adding hardware to your bag. You'll learn how to make sure your closure lines up perfectly every time, and how to install it properly, so it stays put. Then, you'll add a gorgeous metal bar to the flap as a finishing touch.
Whether you choose to create an adjustable shoulder strap or a wristlet, you'll learn how to pull it all together here. As a bonus, Janelle will show you how to make perfect ruched panels that you can use to create special front flap for your new mix-and-match bag.