DIY Friday: Animal Print Clutc

12:40 PM

Materials Needed
1/4 Yard of Faux Fur Fabric (I purchased more of a felt medium weight fabric from Joann's)
1/4 Yard of Lining (I purchased a medium weight cotton from Joann's)
Interfacing  (Medium weight package of 3 yards at Joann's)
14in Industrial Zipper (Purchased at Joann's)
Matching Thread (Already own - you can get at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Joann's etc.)
Sewing Machine

I am so excited to share this blog with you all...mainly because I am thrilled with how my clutch turned out, but also because it is Friday night and if you are anything like me, then you need something to do tonight :)  If you've read some of my past blogs, then you know that inserting zippers makes me cringe. If zippers aren’t  your thing either, it’s okay - just PRESS ON! This clutch is super easy and gave me the confidence I needed to keep sewing with zippers :)

In the picture above you will see my rotary cutter and little quilters cutting board. Both of these were gifts from my sweet Momma for Christmas and they could not be more perfect!! I'd been stalking the idea of getting a rotary cutter, but for whatever reason I never did. After using this once, I am kicking myself for all the sewing I did without it. Moral of the story..if you have not invested in a rotary cutter, DO.SO.NOW! The one above is less than $10 and can be found just about anywhere.

To start the project, I made a trip to Joann's Fabrics (one of my favorite places on Earth!). I browsed through the faux fur aisle, before settling on this dalmatian/cow print that was more of a felt fabric than faux fur but it was still heavy enough to work for this particular project. I also picked up the red cotton lining that was stiff enough to help the clutch hold shape and the interfacing (I usually find this around the aisle that has the fabric glue). Lastly, I grabbed a 14 in industrial zipper and headed home. 
 The first thing I did was cut all of my fabric. I cut my faux fur fabric to roughly 10 inches (height of the clutch) and 14 inches (Length of the clutch). I cut my lining to these same measurements, and cut my interfacing to 9x13 (I allowed for 1/2 seams). Then I used my iron and the directions on the interfacing package to adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of my faux fur fabric (See picture below).
 Next I started pinning the faux fur fabric to the top of the zipper, by folding over 1/2 inch of the top of the fabric (maybe less) and then pinning directly to the zipper. After I pinned both sides of the zipper with the faux fur, I pinned both sides of the zipper with the lining. To do this, I  folded over the top of the lining fabric with 1/2 inch (maybe less) and pinned under the zipper.  After this, you are ready to sew straight seams that will attach your zipper. It should look something like below. 
Attachinng the zipper wasn't that bad now was it??! Next you are ready to finish the bag...this is the part where I got too excited to take pictures so use your imagination. Fold over your fabric so that both of the right sides of the fabric are touching (see image below). Pin the three non stitched sides of  clutch together and sew straight seams all the way around the fabric. Cut the bottom corners (opposite side of the zipper) at an angle (this will help the edges look sharp when you flip the bag right side out). 
Now unzip the zipper, flip you bag right side out and VIOLA...a beautiful clutch!! I fill mine with all the latest beauty goodies, my cell phone and credit cards and I'm out the door!