In need of a new summer time accessory that won't break the bank? Stitch up a spiffy clutch - for less than $8!
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Step 1: Print two copies of our template and cut out. Leave one template intact; cut the other along the dotted line (as shown) to create a total of three patterns. Click here for the template.
Step 2: Use the resulting patterns to cut three shapes from half a yard of oilcloth ($8.99 per yard; fabricdepot.com). Place the largest oilcloth shape on a table, right side up. Twist a hair elastic into a figure eight, with the bottom loop larger than the top (as shown). Center and tape the elastic atop the oilcloth. Baste in place a quarter inch from the edge; remove tape.
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Step 3: Align the two smaller oilcloth shapes atop the larger one (as shown), right sides facing down; tape in place. Stitch around the outer edge, leaving a quarter-inch seam; remove tape as you go.
Step 4: Use scissors to make small slices about every inch along the bag's seam allowance (as shown) to allow for easy turning.
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Step 5: Turn bag right side out. Topstitch along the flap's edge, then finish by hand-stitching a button onto the bag (as shown in photo).
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