What to make with fabric scraps?? Free fabric scraps clutch tutorial

April 24, 2017

Do you have endless piles of fabric scraps?? I know I do … over the years I have had a variety of storage solutions ranging from cute denim baskets, clear plastic bags and even plastic shoe boxes.

I have to admit my stash of scraps can become overwhelming. Regular readers will know that I hate waste, I have a strong preference for recycling or upcycling. There are so many ideas for using fabric scraps it’s hard to throw them away!!  Today I am going to share you with you a fabric scrap clutch tutorial.

Learn how to make a clutch bag using your fabric scraps, this free tutorial walks you through every step of sewing the DIY fold over clutch #freebagpattern

Learn how to make a clutch bag using your fabric scraps, this free tutorial walks you through every step of sewing the DIY fold over clutch #Clutchtutorial
What’s not to love about a clutch, great for day or evening why not make one with your precious scraps of your favourite fabrics?

Fabric scrap clutch tutorial


  • Scraps
  • Iron on interfacing
  • Fusible fleece
  • Base fabric 16 by 12″
  • Front of bag fabric 8 by 10″
  • Lining fabric 24″ by 10 1/2″
  • Ruler and pencil
  • scissors/rotary cutter
  • glue stick
  • sewing machine
  • button

To make:

Place fabric scraps onto your base fabric. Once you are pleased with the layout pin or using your glue stick hold in place.

Machine stitch the scraps – I have used an applique stitch on my sewing machine. Alternatively, you could use a zig zag machine. Test your tension first on a fabric sample (I would hate you to ruin your scraps with an uneven tension).

Cut your scrap fabric piece to measure 14 by 10″. On the reverse mark 4 3/4″ up on the left-hand side, 1 3/4″ up on the right-hand side. Along the bottom mark 6 3/4″ in on the left-hand side 2 1/2″ in on the right-hand side.

Use these marks as your cutting line to create the triangle front design of the bag.

Iron interfacing to your front panel piece. Place this right sides together along the short straight edge of the scrap fabric. Stitch the seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance then press.

Iron the fusible fleece to the reverse of the lining fabric. Using your fabric scrap piece as a guide cut out the front flap triangular shape.

Place the lining and the main bag right sides together. Stitch the short side and the triangular shape. Trim the seam allowance around the point of the triangular shape being careful not to cut into the seam stitching.

Turn right side out and press.

Fold and press as your finished clutch. Sew your button hole in the v shape, ensuring the top of the button hole is parallel or shorter than the start of the straight edge (on the left hand side as you look at it)

Turn inside out so right sides are touching. Fold the bag in as per the picture.

Stitch the side seams allowing a turning gap on the closing flap.

Turn right side out, press in the side seam.

Topstitch around the v flap. Finally, add your button.

Learn how to make a clutch bag using your fabric scraps, this free tutorial walks you through every step of sewing the DIY fold over clutch #Clutchtutorial

No time for making a scrap fabrics clutch today?? Why not pin it for later?

Today I am taking part in a blog hop all about fabric scraps which is hosted by Jen of Faith and Fabric. Fabric scraps can be a great source of inspiration, they are free and worth far more to you than sending to landfill in your bin!! Please do check out all the creative ideas being shared today as part of this blog hop:

Faith and Fabric

Quilting is much more fun than housework

Lulu & Celeste

Made by Chrissie D







16 comments so far.

16 responses to “What to make with fabric scraps?? Free fabric scraps clutch tutorial”

  1. Jen Frost says:

    Vicky, this is adorable!! I’ve pinned it for later; such a great idea to turn it into a colorful clutch!

  2. clare says:

    Absolutely love this idea

  3. Caroline says:

    Such a lovely idea to use up scraps! A fab tutorial too!

  4. Julie says:

    I’ve got so many scraps, I swear they multiply when I’m not looking! This is such a lovely way to use a few.

  5. Caroline says:

    Wonderful idea and so pretty

  6. I agree, you should never throw away fabric scraps! I have bought rather big pieces of fabric sold as “fabric scrap”. Luckily they were smart enough to sell them rather than throw away. As it happens, I’m currently sewing a hoodie to my husband where I use almost all the cutting waste too, part of the hoodie is going to be patchwork with the scraps. Going to check out the other ideas, new tips and ideas are always welcome. 🙂

  7. Sofia says:

    I have loads of scraps and lots of weddings this summer! I think I’ll shall be attempting my first scrap purse

  8. Anna says:

    I’d never have thought to use a glue stick to hold the fabric scraps in place. I’d have used pins and stabbed myself repeatedly in the hand! Love it, it looks great xx

  9. Stephanie says:

    Such a great idea!!

  10. ELvira says:

    that’s a great way to use up scraps. Thanks for sharing the tutorial

  11. Anne says:

    Beautiful way to use up those scraps!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=92646 –Anne

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