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A Little Zipper Clutch

by | DIY

It’s Clutch Week over at Bear Rabbit Bear, and I thought that was a great excuse to force myself to learn how to sew a zipper.  A clutch is small, fairly simple, and would be a good beginner project for someone who has never sewn a zipper before.  I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous, and spent an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest trying to choose the right clutch as an inspiration, preferably with an in-depth tutorial to take me through my supposed nightmare scenario of zipper hell where I lose the zipper on the wrong side of the project, and end up with a weird mass of fabric stuck in Mobius purgatory.  (whew.  I hope you got to the end of that stream of consciousness run-on sentence intact!)



Well, I did find the perfect clutch/zipper tutorial, over at Elm Street Life!  Whitney has provided a plethora or super detailed pictures with instructions on every single image, to take you step by baby step through sewing a zipper onto a cute little purse.  Would you believe it, once I had the pieces cut, it only took me 1 hour to end up with a smashing success?  This from the girl who spent 2 hours trying to figure out suspenders (you know, two strips of fabric) and ended up throwing a tantrum at her sewing machine.  So, I’m not very good at sewing, but this was my most painless sewing project EVER, and all thanks to Whitney and her excellent tutorial!



I did change things up a bit, since I didn’t have a beautiful mustard linen like hers, and I really should not be allowed to walk into a fabric store anymore.  I used some scraps of Ikea fabric, and added a bit of embroidery to it for a bit of extra color.  THAT little exercise made me realize I want to embroider more, since I’ve spent years cross-stitching, and apparently, it’s pretty much the same thing!  Anyways, enough talk, more pictures.




  1. Shannon

    This is so pretty, the color combination is perfect!!


  2. Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY

    I can’t believe this is your first zipper! I {still} have horror flash backs to my first attempt (those were pre-pinterest days!). The embroidery is the perfect finishing touch!

  3. Katie

    LOVE this zipper clutch and the colors you chose for it!

  4. Kristin

    So cute! Love the colors and the embroidery =)

    Visiting from Today’s Creative Blog

  5. monica.

    I love the touch of embroidery! Very inspiring, thanks!

  6. Katie's Nesting Spot

    Super cute bag, I love the punches of yellow! The zipper and stitched flowers are fabulous.

  7. Our House Story

    This is adorable! I love the colors! Now I need to check out that tutorial and make one! Thanks for sharing!

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