Crochet Clutch


I've always wanted to learn how to crochet but never had anyone to show me the finer details of crocheting. I've made an effort from time to time. I could even do a simple stitch around a baby blanket but I could never quite figure out the crochet language in pattern books. Over the years I moved on to other things but kept wanting to come back to crocheting. I recently found that all I needed was someone to show me the way (thanks to my NZ Auntie). Like many of you, I'm a visual learner. It's much easier to be shown than to read instructions. lol.

So, now that I'm really into crocheting I find that I keep losing my crochet hooks and that I really didn't have a good place to keep them. They are really easy to misplace, especially with children around.

This Moda Bake Shop project is dedicated to all of you quilter's and crafter's who love to crochet.


  • 4 Fat Quarters of your choice. ( I used Moda's "Make Life" by Sweetwater)
  • 7" Zipper to match your fabric choice
  • 1/2" Magnetic Snap by Dritz
  • Heavy Clear Plastic (I bought mine in the fabric section at Walmart)
  • 1 1/4" D-Ring by Dritz for purse handle (optional)

  • Crocheted Flower to match your color scheme.
  • 7/8" Covered Button Kit (by Dritz) to make a matching covered button for the center of the flower.
Please Note: I'm sorry that I don't speak crochet language well enough to help you with the flower but there are lots of tutorials available on the internet for help in making crocheted flowers. There are also many wonderful Crochet books available, too. I may decide, at some point to post a video tutorial on my blog of the flower I made, if anyone is interested.


Step One:Download the Pattern
1. Print the pattern and use it to make the curve for the flap on the Crochet Clutch.


Step Two:
Cutting Out the Fabric Pieces

Here's a picture of the pieces you'll need to make the Crochet Clutch (except the optional handle which you find at the end).


1. Cut One rectangle measuring 9" x 18" out of each of the following items:
  • One piece of Heavyweight Fusible Interfacing
  • One piece of Cotton Batting
  • One piece of Fabric for inside of clutch
  • One piece of Fabric for outside of clutch
2. Stack all four layers (two fabrics, 1 batting, 1 fusible interfacing) and then place the curved pattern piece on the top of the stack, making sure to line up the sides and butt the pattern up to the top edge of your stack. Note: if your fabric has writing or a directional print please make sure that it is facing up on the outside and inside of bag.

3. Trace the curve for the top flap with a pencil. Cut along the pencil line.

4. Draw a gentle curve for the bottom two corners of the crochet clutch. Cut along the pencil line.


Step Three:
Making the Zippered Pocket
  • Cut 4 pieces measuring 1 1/2" x 9" (zipper sides)
  • Cut 2 pieces measuring 2" x 4" (zipper ends)

1. Take the two pieces that measure 2" x 4" and fold in half. Finger press.

2. Open the fabric and place the pressed line in the fabric close to the zipper end. Sew along the pressed line. Repeat for the opposite end of zipper. Center the zipper within 9" on the cutting mat and trim off the excess.

3. Now take two of the four pieces that measure 1 1/2" x 9" and with right sides together place a strip of fabric on the top and bottom of one side of the zipper. Use your zipper foot to sew a seam close to the zipper opening. Press the seams open.

4. Repeat for the opposite side of zipper. (See photo below)

5. With the zipper pull facing to your right fold the length of the top fabric piece in toward the zipper about 3/8" then press. Repeat for the bottom fabric piece.

6. Slip the 9" (length) x 7" (width) piece of mid to heavy weight plastic in between the two pressed fabric pieces. Now sew a seam close to the edge of fabric thus securing the plastic in place.



Step Four:
Making the Crochet Hook Pocket (*CHP)
  • Cut One piece of fabric measuring 9" x 8 3/4" then fold in half so the width remains 9" and the height will be be 4 3/8"
  • Cut one biased piece of striped fabric measuring 2 1/2" x 9" fold in half lengthwise and the fold the ends in once again. Press.

1. Insert the folded edge of the *CHP inside the bias pocket binding. Sew close to the edge of the binding to secure the pocket in place.


2. Now measure 4" and fold the raw edges inward. Press. This is where the other side of plastic will be sewn and secured into place.



Step Five:
Making the Pin & Needle Keeper
  • Cut one piece of matching wool or felt measuring 3 1/2" x 7"

1. Pin pattern on wool/felt then cut out.

2. Take the 9" x 18" inside piece of fabric and the 9"x 18" piece of batting and place the batting on the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Measure down 4" from the top. Center and line up the bottom edge of wool/felt right at or barely above what will become the fold line on the flap of the clutch.

4. Sew the wool/felt in place.

5. Use matching Ric Rac or other trim and then sew it around the outside edge of wool/felt piece.



Step Six:
Putting the Pieces Together

The left fabric piece (as seen below) is the front of the crochet clutch with the fusible interfacing ironed to the wrong side of fabric and the right fabric piece is the inside of the Crochet Clutch with the batting on the wrong side of fabric.

1. On the inside piece of fabric in addition to the wool/felt pin keeper you will add the *CHP and the zippered pocket.

2. First measure down from the top 7" and place your *CHP.

3. Next, place the zippered pocket on top of the inside fabric with the zipper at the bottom of the clutch with the plastic facing up toward the *CHP. There should be plenty of plastic to insert in the opening at the pressed bottom of the *CHP. Trim off any plastic excess to within 1/2" of where you will sew the seam to secure the plastic.

4. Now sew the *CHP seam to secure the pocket on the fabric and the batting.



Step Seven:

Attaching the Magnetic Clasp

1. You will want to attach the top magnetic clasps before you sew the front and back together.

2. The top clasp is attached to the top of the inside of Crochet Clutch.

(Back view of magnetic clasp)

(Front view of magnetic clasp)

3. Now place the front and back with wrong sides together. Pin the layers around the top half.

4. The bottom clasp is attached to the outside fabric at the bottom of the Crochet Clutch.

5. Make sure to lift up the bottom of the inside fabric to expose the batting, the fusible interfacing and fabric for the outside of crochet clutch.

6. Fold your bag to check for placement of magnetic clip. Mark the spot with a pencil.

7. Attach magnetic clip. Use a straight edge to cut small holes to insert the prongs.

(Inside view of the front of crochet clutch)

(Close up: Back View of Magnetic Clasp)


Step Eight:
Making the Optional Handle
  • Cut one strip of fabric 22" x 5"
  • Cut one strip of cotton batting 22" x 5"

1. Fold fabric in half lengthwise. Press.

2. Fold raw edges into the center seam. Press

3. Open folds and insert the cotton batting. Refold.

4. Sew a seam close to the outside edge on both sides of the strap.

5. Sew a second seam a 1/4" inside of each seam that you've just sewn.

6. Cut a 17" length for the handle.

7. Cut a 1 1/2" length to attach the D-Ring to the Clutch.

8. Fold the 1 1/2" length in half making sure the D-Ring is inside the fold. Attach by sewing to the back of the outside of clutch. See placement below. Make sure to do this before finishing off the binding.



Step Nine:
Binding and Finishing
  • Cut 60" of bias binding for the perimeter of the Crochet Clutch
1. After attaching the clasp, fold the fabric back in place and finish pinning around the perimeter of the crochet clutch.

2. Sew around the perimeter using a longer stitch length to secure everything in place.

3. Attach your bias binding on the inside of the crochet clutch. Make sure to include the optional handle at this point (see instructions for the handle in part nine).


4. Press the binding outward making sure not to iron the plastic.

5. Sew the binding by hand to finish it off.



Step Ten:
Grab your Crochet Clutch you're ready to Crochet.




One Crochet Clutch with Optional Handle

94 comments:

Jandi said...

Wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Karin said...

That is so cute. Now if I only knew how to crochet... :D

gale said...

This is so cute-and I'm happy to learn how to make this type of zipper pocket too. thanks!

Lori Holt said...

I do Love it Kim...I'll be making one or two of these when I get time:)
Congratulations on a job well done.
xo
lori

Leigh said...

This is great! My mom crochets, I'm bookmarking this as a holiday gift for her!

Shontelle said...

Gorgeous. You always come up with great ideas!

Julie Deuvall said...

This is fabulous! Love it. Just wondering about the heavy plastic bag. Is that made special for sewing projects? Again, great job and thanks for sharing the pattern!

Sandra said...

Great tutorial!!! Can't wait to try it!

Nedra said...

I should have guessed your new tutorial would have something to do with your new love of crochet. Great pictures and the instuctions are so clear. Thanks Kim for another great job on Moda Bake Shop!

Jackie said...

Kim, just way to cute! but oh so practical. love it!!

Sweet P said...

Oh, my! I must make one of these for my crochet hooks. Thanks for a great pattern

Sandra said...

Want to try this tutorial this week! I couldn't find where to print out the pattern (it could be very obvious and I'm sorry if it is!). Could you tell me where the link is, please? THank you!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Kim! That's adorable! I love your projects - you're SO clever!!!

jaybird said...

so adorable!

Jennifer said...

Adorable! I'm going to be making some of these for my teacher friends! Cute all the way around!

Me and Madeline said...

Oh, I love this so much! Great job!

tvbleak said...

This is wonderful. Great tutorial, but where do I download the pattern? Thanks.

Rachel said...

Oh, that is the CUTEST thing EVER!!!! :D I love to crochet, and this is a wonderful and fun project that I am going to HAVE to do! ;) Thank you so much for this tutorial! :D

I have been a follower of this blog for quite some time now, and I enjoy EVERY SINGLE ONE of the posts on here ladies! :D Thank you so much for your inspiration, experience, and wonderful tutorials! :D I have already passed this site onto many a sewing buddy. ;)

Blessings!
~Miss Rachel~

Muddling Through said...

What a great clutch! And a very thorough tutorial. Thank you so much!

call me crazy said...

Very cute~ thanks! :-)

Di~ said...

OH oh true love, I am coveting this little gem immensely.

quiltcetera said...

So pretty! Make Life is the perfect fabric for this one. :)

Angela said...

Printer Friendly Version and Template now available! The template for the pattern is located at the end of the PDF of the Printer Friendly Version.
Thanks for your patience!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Definitely going to bemaking this one. Great project!

Deanna said...

great instructions!! will have to make me one of these!

Dj said...

I will be making one of these this weekend. Thanks for the instructions!

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V and Co. said...

oh my heavens!!!! i love it!!!!

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

This is just darling. I love it and I don't even crochet! ;-0

Barb said...

What perfect timing!! My son's girlfriend doesn't sew but does crochet. I want to make her something special for hook storage. I was kind of picturing a roll-up like the ones I've seen for crayons, but I was afraid the hooks would just slide out! This design is just perfect! Thanks :)

happy zombie said...

Oh Kim, oh Kim, oh Kim!!! You make me want to learn to crochet!!! Or on second thought... maybe I'll have a handy dandy chop-stick clutch.

I love your project!

Amy R said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I am especially grateful for the printer friendly version!

Beverly said...

I love that little clutch! And I would be interested in the directions for the flower you made. I'm keeping this one. Thanks so much for sharing! If you get the directions for the flower together would you let me know at bevwalks@aol.com? Thanks again.

Fiesta said...

Great project Kim. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Sara Richins said...

Too super cute! Thanks!

free indeed said...

If I don't win one, I'll make one and this will have several areas I'll be glad you have a tute for; namely the zipper and snap! Great! Thanks a million!

Lynn Weathers said...

I enjoy all the patterns on the bake shop, but don't often have time to actually make them. But this is one I need to make! I just started crocheting.

Got to go download this pattern and get started!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How cute is that! I would love to make one of these for my daughter.

9patchnurse said...

Love this! I've always been a knitter but recently learned to crochet. I love the flower embellishment.

Sheri Howard said...

That is pretty darn cute...and very practical! Thanks!

a little bit biased said...

I am really impressed Kim. This looks really fun to make. I love the ric rac and the fun pockets. Great tutorial!

Pat said...

What a handy little clutch....and the tutorial is so clear!!! Thanks!

Trisha said...

This would be perfect for my sock knitting needles! Great tutorial!

Heather Acton said...

I especially like the crocheted flower. I might just have to learn to crochet!

Mel said...

CA-UTE!!

Love it - there's no end to your creativity, thanks for sharing!

Vanilla said...

Love it! You're so talented and creative!

Lorraine said...

Fabulous! I love it! Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Lorraine
Canada

We Six Nasons said...

Okay, I see my next project! I can't wait to make this cute little clutch. Great tutorial.

Anne said...

Kim does it again! Love this clutch!

Barbieann said...

just love the idea of having such a cute clutch for my crochet needles. Right now I use a old 60cc size syringe! Can't find it anyways so I am about to start over. This would be just so cute to keep organize. thanks for the tutorial

KH said...

I do alot of sewing and a little crocheting, actually not enough to justify the bag, but you added so many great ideas that could be incorporated universally in in tote, purse, clutch construction, I just really appreciate it, attaching the loop handle and the construction of the zippered pocket, right there you saved many hours of stressing over just how to do those, definitely saving this tutorial!! THANX!!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I really do love this fabric. I'm not sure it really is me. But there are pieces of it that I must have. You've done a great job, as always. I admire your ability to juggle. It speaks of your many talents and abilities kim. Good good instructions!

Donna K. said...

Great tutorial! This is a 'must do'. I have to buy new hooks for every project; I can never find the one I need. Thanks.

SAS 'a frass said...

You make it seem so easy. It is so cute.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I'm so in love with this. What happy fabric! I want to go find the whole set now. Congratulations on making it to Moda Bake Shop
~a

Casey said...

love it! I need one of these!

rachel griffith said...

this is ubber adorable kim.

Kalle said...

i think i'm missing a step...where do you tell us how to make the clever pockets for the individual crochet hooks?

thanks!

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I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

How delightful! I really love it! going to make one today! (3) today actually, I have some gifts to make for blogging friends and i think one each will be just lovely.

Lauren Colless said...

I love this project, I'm going to have to put it on the to-do list for sure :) Thank you so much for sharing xx

Cara said...

I'm going to see if I have any left over from Make Life when I do get that one done because I'd love to make one exactly like yours!

Janet said...

Hey you show how to make it on here! (I've never been to Moda Bake Shop before - thought it was an on-line store) If I don't win one, I'll make one!

Stephanie @ Minutes to Spare said...

This is a must have for me, Love it.

Quilt Hollow said...

Fantastic tutorial...you always have great pictures too. I've marked this to return to!

Shirley said...

Great tutorial!

Karen said...

terrific tutorial and wonderful project .. have been wanting to make something like this for a while ... thanks!

carmel said...

beautiful and usefull!
great tutorial- thanks!

SewLindAnn said...

Awesome tutorial, I love the fabrics you used. I'm not sure I can wait to make one!!

michellew said...

What a gorgeous clutch and lovely fabrics too! Can't wait to have a try!

Sew It UP! said...

I want to make one of these now!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your fabric selection definitely enhances the design Kim. So cute!

mommi said...

I am making this for sure, i absolutely love this clutch...Thank you for the nice tutorial and the chance to enter in your giveaway...

JoonToons said...

this is absolutely gorgeous!! and it may be the final push over the edge i needed to face the facts and get over my fears and simply learn how to crochet. see me kicking myself in my butt? ;)

love the clutch. love it.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Awesome Idea! I really need to make one of these so that I can keep track of all of my crochet hooks!

Mom of two said...

I cant wait to make it!!!

deserae said...

This tutorial is sew cute!!!

Megan said...

I absolutely love this clutch!!! And the fabric is one of my favorites!!

Sinta Renee said...

Such a cute project Kim! The tutorial is great and the zipper instructions make it easie peasie! Now, could we have a quick lesson on crochet?

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

This is the cutest project I have seen in a long time! I am definitely going to make one!
Hugs,
Kerry

K. Anne said...

I love the clutch. Such a stylish way to tote your hooks around. Sure beats the pencil case that I use now.

SoozeM said...

This is so cool, I can never find a crochet hook when I need one (I don't crochet very often) so this will be great for keeping them all together!

Lynn said...

I love this clutch! I am going to make it! It is so beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

Julia said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful clutch and flower tutorial!! I love it!

MAMACRAFTY said...

WOW!! Thanks for giving such clear, concise directions!

Katie said...

I love this line!!! And now I don't have my crocheting hooks rolling around in my sewing totes!

Jess said...

Love it ! I am almost finish I just need to sew my crochet flower and the button. would have like to know when you actually sew the crochet pockets and how many and what size you did them I was kinda lost when I arrived there but managed to adjust everything so all my hooks fitted in there.Will post my finish clutch soon on the MBS pool on Flickr !

Thanks

BTW :For a few crochet flowers options you can check a few here love the photo browsing : http://www.allcrafts.net/crochet/crochetflowers.htm

Papaver Jewelry Creations said...

Thank you for creating this wonderful tutorial. I just created one for myself and I would like to share it with you here:
http://bit.ly/PJCOctClutch
I am yet to create a crochet flower to go on the outer flap! But I could not wait post until then. I was able to finish this project in an afternoon!
-Shabana
Papaver Jewelry Creations
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

my-baby-NV said...

Thank u so much for this tut. I'm going to do it for a sew along on baby center this week nd post on my blog. I'll give you props, blog link and post pics on your pic link. Thanks tons

Dorothy ("Dorry") said...

Thanks for the Tutorial, Friday's are my project days since it is the one day I am off college. I love planning ahead what I will crochet, knit, and sew. I have lost my regular manufactured crochet wallet so many times and cannot wait to make this. I have read the instructions over and over again and the only thing I do not see is the placement of the individual crochet hook pocket seams. I may be able to figure out exactly how far apart to place those seams, like Jess has. Also when do I place the flower button?
Thanks again, what an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Muito bonito e funcional!

Coffee Fueled Mama said...

This is great! I love the way it looks and that it includes areas for EVERYTHING you need for crochet, including scissors and needles. The only suggestion I have is to put ALL the materials needed with their sizes at the beginning of the pattern. For example: unless you read the whole pattern through, you have no idea how much batting, interfacing, or plastic you need, and the wool or felt for the needle keeper isn't mentioned until that section of the pattern. Thanks!

Verrucca said...

This is a really cute tutorial, but there are no instructions for the hook pockets. I guessed at the size for the piece, but would like to know your take on it.

Angela Lee said...

I would like to know how many pockets as well. I don't crochet but my MIL does, and I'm making this for her for Christmas. Please advise. Thanks so much for the tute!!