Casablanca Clutch Bag
This 1950s inspired clutch bag is both retro and “on trend” for today, combining the currently popular “oversized” shape with pleat detail at the front and a sleek curved flap. View 1 can be made using two or three contrasting fabrics to great effect and the flap is ideal for showcasing two big vintage buttons. View 2 has a plain front, a flat bow style trim on the flap and an option to attach a handle. A template is included for an interior patch pocket.
Bag finished dimensions: Height 9” (23cm) Width 16” (40cm)
Materials for View 1:
Note: These quantities are based on a bag made from one fabric but with a contrast centre front panel. To make from more than two fabrics, you will need to vary the quantities below.
½ yd (50cm) of 44” (112cm) or 54” (140cm) wide main fabric
¼ yd (25cm) of 44” (112cm) or 54” (140cm) wide contrast fabric for centre front
½ yd (50cm) of 44” (112cm) wide lining fabric for bag lining and interior pocket
1/3 yd (30cm) of sew-in interfacing, at least 36” (92cm) wide for bag body (plus optional the same amount of batting)
¼ yard (25cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing for flap
2 magnetic snap sets (one for each end of flap) or use Velcro/sew-on snaps instead
2 large buttons approx 1¾” (38mm) diameter
Materials for View 2:
The quantities below are for a bag made in one fabric. To make a contrasting flap, you will need ¼ yd of 44” wide contrast fabric.
¾ yd (50cm) of 44” (112cm) or 54” (140cm) wide main fabric
1 button approx 1” (25mm) diameter to trim flap bow tab If attaching a handle, you will also need:
One purchased handle (approx 15”/38cm long)
Small square of fusible web (6” x 6”/15cm x 15 cm) for handle tabs
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