I'm including a link to a well written article called "Sewing for Beginners" that has all kinds of helpful tips for those starting out and even the seasoned pro!
Print two copies of the pattern in the desired size.
Cut 1 full pattern and just the bottom 1/2 of the other one
Cut 1 each of each pattern piece
- Outside fabric
- Lining fabric
Sew batting to lining fabric on both pieces.
(You can do this anyway you choose -- meandering stitch, criss cross lines, or just a simple 1/8 seem around the edge.)
Using the pattern laid over the material, mark where the tucks will be.
Fold these marks in 1/2 and sew along your marking.
Snip close to the seam you just sewed to keep the purse from having "bumps" in it where the tucks are.
With right sides together, sew the front outside fabric to the front lining fabric ---only along the top!
(Note: I actually did this step before I did the tucks --oops -- that's why you can't see them in the next two pictures!)
If your putting a magnet snap in your purse (which I highly recommend), you'll want to put the one on the front panel in now.
BTW -- Here's where I buy my magnet snaps from --- I think it's a pretty good deal, especially the free shipping part!
Now it's time to sew the purse together.
Pin (right sides together) the two outside fabric pieces (make sure to line up the tucks).
Now pin (right sides together) the two lining pieces (once again lining up tucks).
Now turn the purse over and you will have the two "flap" pieces sticking up. Pin these together
Sew up the lining pieces and the outside fabric pieces that you have pinned together.
Starting and stopping at the seam lines ----- BE CAREFUL not to sew over the flap pieces that are underneath!!!
Now it's time to sew up the flap piece.
DO NOT sew all the way around --- leave an opening at the top of the flap for turning.
Turn your purse right side out.
Tuck the lining fabric down inside the purse.
NOW is the time to put the top part of your snap in -- BEFORE you sew up the opening!
Pin the opening at the top of your purse shut.
Top stitch all the way around the top flap.
Add an embellishment of your choice to the outside of your clutch (or leave it plain if you like!).
If you have any questions feel free to email me....I'll do my best to answer your questions.