It took me a long time to design a case for my iPod touch, but I am very happy with this wristlet design. This clutch will hold an iPhone, Blackberry, etc as well as a pack of gum, ear buds and other essentials. It is cute and portable.
*Please note:* This case is not fully lined; however, you don't notice this because the case is never fully opened even when the zipper is fully undone, so you can't ever really see the seams.
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Here's what you will need:
One seven inch zipper
Two 1.75 x 6 inch panels for the top part above the zipper (lining is mauve with white dots & exterior is brown with white dots)
Two 2.5 x 6 inch panels for the lower part below the zipper (lining is mauve with white dots & exterior is deer/mushroom print)
Two 4.25 x 6 inch panels for the back (lining is mauve with white dots & exterior is deer/mushroom print)
One 16 x 3.25 inch panel for the wrist strap & zipper pull (brown with white dots)
Fusible interfacing cut to fit each of the pieces of material except the wrist strap/zipper pull.
STEP 1: Cut out all of your pieces of fabric and interfacing. Iron the interfacing to the lining panels and the exterior panels (iron with the bumpy side of the interfacing touching the fabric).
STEP 2: Sandwich the zipper between the lower exterior panel and the lower lining panel (as pictured below):
At the bottom, the lining panel is right side up, then the zipper right side up and on top, the exterior panel right side down (overall, the right side is always facing the zipper and the fabric covers the zipper). Later, you will pull back the panels to expose the zipper and then top stitch...you will see shortly.
STEP 3. Pin the exterior and the lining panels to the zipper. Put the zipper foot onto your sewing machine (it looks like a ski). Set it up to sew as pictured below:
STEP 4. Pull back the exterior panel, press and then top stitch to create a nice finished look (I was lazy and kept the zipper foot on when I was top stitching):
STEP 5. Pull back the lining and press:
STEP 6. Sandwich the zipper between the top exterior panel and the top lining panel (as pictured below):
and repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 for these panels (see below for photos of steps 3 & 4 for sewing top panels to zipper):
At this phase, your clutch should look like this:
STEP 7. Now, it's time to make the wrist strap. To do this, fold the 16 x 3.25 inch panel in half, press it and then open it.
Top stitch up each side to keep the strap together and give it a nice and finished look:
STEP 8. Now you need to cut a piece off of the wrist strap in order to create the zipper pull. Fold the strap to obtain the desired amount for the zipper pull:
Cut off the desired amount:
STEP 9. Pin the wrist strap and the zipper pull to the exterior top panels (I have pinned the wrist strap to keep it from getting in the way when sewing):
STEP 10. Lay the back exterior panel right side down and the back lining panel right side up on top (as pictured below):
Pin the top in place:
Fold back the layers and open the zipper approximately 3/4 of the way (opening the zipper will allow you to turn the clutch right-side-out when you are finished sewing...very important step):
Finish pinning all of the way around.
STEP 11. Sew all of the way around the clutch leaving as small a seam allowance as possible (make sure to sew back and forth over the pull, strap and zipper to reinforce these areas, but sew carefully as these areas are quite thick; I often sew slowly using the hand wheel):
STEP 12. Trim excess zipper, zipper pull and wrist strap as needed:
Turn right side out through the open zipper and...
...TA DA! One cute iPod clutch.
♥ Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and happy clutch making everyone! ♥