Project Design Team Wednesday~Scalloped Envelope Clutch

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Hi, I'm Lindsay from The Cottage Mama and I'm thrilled to be back sharing my Project Design Team Tutorial today!
To be honest with you, it was really hard to choose what fabric to use for today's tutorial as there are so many great prints right now at Riley Blake Designs. But I decided on a couple from the 'Hipster' cotton line and I'm absolutely in love with them.
When I picked out this printed cross-stitch fabric, I just new it would be perfect for some type of bag. Envelope clutches seem to be all the rage right now and I have a thing for scalloped edges, so put them together and what do you get? A Scalloped Envelope Clutch Tutorial. Let's get started.......
Scalloped Envelope Clutch Tutorial
by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama
for Riley Blake Designs
1 yard exterior fabric
1 yard lining fabric
**if you have a non-directional print you can get away with only a half yard of each print and cut the pattern on the horizontal.
1/2 yard fusible interfacing
1 button
Free pattern piece found HERE

Step 1: Assemble your pattern. This pattern is very easy. All you need is 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper. Print out your scallop piece from the free pattern included above in the supplies list and cut it out. Then place two 8.5" x 11" sheets with the longs sides flush next to each other and tape them together, then place the straight edge of the scallop piece flush up against one of the sheets of paper and tape them together. Now you have your Scallop Envelope Clutch pattern. You may need to angle cut the paper attaching to the scallop piece depending on how your printer prints out the pattern piece.
Step 2: Apply fusible interfacing to the back of the two fabrics you are using. Do so according to manufacturers instructions. You can use any interfacing you would like, but just remember that the thicker the interfacing, the sturdier this will be as a clutch.
Also, if you would like to use this as a case for a kindle or other electronic device, you could apply fusible fleece to the backsides of the fabric as well. 
Step 3: Cut out your pattern pieces. You need one in the exterior fabric and one in the lining. Fold up the bottom of the clutch so that it comes up to the bottom of the scallops with the right sides together.

Step 4: Sew along both straight sides. Do this for the lining and exterior pieces. Clip the corners at an angle to remove bulk.

Step 5: Turn the interior lining piece right side out and press.

Step 6: At this point the exterior piece is still wrong side out. Take the lining piece and tuck it down inside the exterior piece. This will make it so that the right sides are together.

Step 7: You'll need to leave a little part open across the front of the clutch so go ahead and mark this with your fabric marking pen so you won't forget.

Step 8: Sew the exterior and the lining together all the way around the scallops. Start where the side seams end and go all the way up, around and back down to the other side seam.

Step 9: Clip around the scallops. Use pinking shears or scissors and clip the seam allowance down and cut each dip in the scallop. You need to cut almost to the stitching at the dips of the scallops, otherwise they will not turn out nicely. If they aren't laying flat when you turn your clutch right side out, that is probably the problem.


Step 10: Sew across the front of the clutch, making sure to leave that one section open that we already marked. Your stitches across the front should meet up with the stitches you did for the scallops. Clip out the extra fabric in the corner so that it turns out nicely. Cut down to the stitches, but making sure not to go through them. Make sure to move the back of the clutch out of the way so you don't catch it in your seam.

Step 11: Turn the clutch right side out by pulling the fabric through the opening. Tuck the lining down into the exterior, making sure to neatly tuck in the corners.

Step 12: Press out the scallops. Sometimes you really have to 'work out' the scallops with your iron to make them look nice. Try rolling the seams out with your fingers......that always works well for me. And press, press, press!

Step 13: Press under the little section you left open so that it is in line with the center front of the clutch.

Step 14: Run a row of topstitching across the front of the clutch to close the opening. You could also topstitch around the scallops as well, but make sure you go slowly because if those stitch lines don't look good, they will definitely show on the front side of the clutch.

Step 15: Make a buttonhole on the center scallop based on the size of your button and according to your machines instructions. Open the buttonhole.

Step 16: Close the top scallop piece and mark for your button placement. Hand or machine sew your button in place.

And now have a completed Scalloped Envelope Clutch!
Feel free to adjust the measurements. Wouldn't this make an adorable case for your ipad using fusible fleece for padding? So many options!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! To check out more free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit me over at The Cottage Mama. I always love meeting new people!

Categories: A, Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. So cute Lindsay!!!
    by Simple Simon and Co
    May 01st, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
  2. Lovely tutorial! Pretty fabric too! Thanks so much for sharing it?!
    by Amy Smith
    May 01st, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.
  3. Can't seem to download the scalloped free apttern piece. It has just letters and numbers. No pattern. * Hi Bonnie...try using a different browser, and if you are still having problems email
    by Bonnie
    May 02nd, 2013 at 1:30 a.m.
  4. You used the perfect fabric for this clutch! Love it.
    by Cindy
    May 02nd, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
  5. CUTE! why not have "pdf" tutorials so that we can easily print or save for later?
    by Maggie
    May 02nd, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.
  6. A tip for sewing scallops: Sew a single stitch straight across between scallops. You may have to turn your flywheel by hand to do this. Clip down to the straight stitch before turning. I put a tiny drop of seam sealant on the stitch as well. Your scallops will turn easily and lay flat every time.
    by joan
    January 20th, 2014 at 8:21 a.m.

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