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Easy Felt Clutch: Beginner Sewing Project

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My daughter recently had a birthday and her main present was a new sewing machine!  I actually bought the machine in early December.  It was killing me to not give it to her, but I’m glad I bought it when I did since this particular machine is now sold out everywhere!  (According to Amazon, it will be back in stock soon.)

She was so excited to start sewing.  We pretty much spent the first day practicing the stitches, sewing straight lines, using pins and following the marks I made.  By day 2 she was ready to make something.  I’d bought a coordinating pack of felt squares for her to sew with and I thought they would be the perfect fabric to use to make a simple Clutch Bag.

Kids Sewing: How to Sew a Felt Clutch. Easy 1st Sewing Project.

Pin project here ==>>    

What makes this such a great beginning project for young sewers, is that it truly is just a couple of straight lines of sewing and voila, you have a cute finished project to show off!  (Perfect size and shape for carrying around all your stickers.)

To make this project, you need:

1.  Line up the two pieces of felt wrong sides together.

2.  Pin in place and sew down the edge of one of the short ends- 1/4 inch from the edge.  My daughter still has trouble using the edge to line up her sewing, so I used the disappearing ink marker to draw in where to sew.


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Trim off the excess fabric, leaving a scant 1/8 inch.

Fold the sewn edge up 1/3 of the way.  Pin everything in place and sew along the sides 1/4 inch from the edges.  Trim these edges.


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After the first fold, the top edge will be uneven, just trim off any uneven-ness.
Pin and sew along the top edge. Trim off the excess fabric, leaving a scant 1/8 inch.


Sew or glue the velcro in place.  (My daughter has been playing with this purse for about a week now, I can see I will eventually need to re-glue or sew the velcro.)

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Add any accessories and you are done!

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Have fun making this project!  Pin it  >>   <<

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  1. Charlotte Andersson says:

    How sweet and what a cute clutch. I am stopping by from the Whatever goes Wednesday party. I really like this idea and shared it on Pinterest.
    /Charlotte – My Green Nook

  2. Julia Nyanyo says:

    What a great job, there is nothing quite like making something for yourself that looks great and you can use or wear.

  3. Marni @ Haberdashery Fun says:

    Super cute!

  4. A cute bag. Nice one to with your kids (if you have any, I don't). But a great beginners project.

    Over from Nifty thrifty Sunday.

  5. Dorothée says:

    Very nice to have hand crafting with the children. Congrats to the young lady.
    KInd regards from France