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Debbie Shore's Sewing Room Secrets
Making a template
Fitting a metal frame
Snipping into curves
Ladder stitch

Use a 5mm (¼ in) seam allowance

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  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take a piece of paper and draw around the outside of the purse frame from one hinge to the other.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Swing the hinge to one side by 2.5cm (1in). Draw a line here.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    The belly of the bag can be any size and shape you like: round or square. Draw a few options and choose which one you’re happiest with. Fold the pattern in half before cutting out, this will make sure it is symmetrical.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut two outer and two lining pieces of fabric from your pattern. (On fine fabric, you may need to add wadding or fusible fleece to the wrong side.)

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the hinge over the lining pieces and make a mark at the base of the hinge. Make sure the marks are in the same position on each piece. Sew each lining piece right sides together to an outer piece, around the top, from one mark to another.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew the bottom of the two outer pieces right sides together, then repeat with the lining pieces to and from the same markings. This time leave a turning gap in the base. Clip into any curved seams in the base of the purse pieces, but avoid clipping into the top that fits inside the purse frame. The extra bulk is helpful to hold the fabric inside the frame.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Turn the right side out, sew up the turning gap.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press, then push the lining inside the purse.

  • How to make a clutch. Frame Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the top of each side of the purse in half and mark the centre point. For a sew-in frame, push a needle and knotted thread through this point, then take the needle through the middle hole of one side of the frame. This way you can ensure the purse will sit centrally in the frame. Sew through every other hole, picking up the edge of the purse as you sew. When you reach the hinge, go back through the holes to create a ‘backstitch’ effect. Repeat across the second side of the frame, then on the opposite side. If you have trouble tying off the thread neatly, cut the thread to about 12mm (½ in) in length, tuck it inside the frame and add a spot of wet glue to secure.

    For a glue-in frame, drizzle a little strong, wet glue into one side of the frame. Leave it for a minute or so to set slightly then, using tweezers, carefully push the fabric into the frame, starting in the centre. You should have a bit of ‘wiggle time’ before the glue dries. Leave one side to dry completely before moving onto the second side.

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