1. Fold the clutch front in half widthwise and finger-press a crease for a placement line. Unfold the clutch front.
2. Mark a placement line on the clutch front 5 inches below the upper edge at the center fold (see Diagram 8). Center and edgestitch the loop portion of the hook-and-loop tape to the clutch front's right side, just below the marked line.
3. With right sides together, align the side and lower edges of the clutch front and clutch back; pin. Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew together along the side and lower edges (see Diagram 9).
4. Trim the seam allowance around the bottom curves to 1/4 inch. Using a pressing ham, press the entire seam open. Turn right side out; press. Note: Pressing the seam open will help you to get a nice finished look around the curves at the clutch bottom.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the lining A and B pieces to make the clutch lining.
6. With the right side of the clutch body facing out and the wrong side of the clutch lining facing out, place the clutch body inside the clutch lining, aligning the side seams (see Diagram 10). Pin together the raw edges, making sure that the tab is tucked in between the clutch body and lining, out of the way.
Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew together open the raw edges, leaving a 5-inch opening for turning in the center front.
7. Trim the seam allowance across the points of the clutch back, making sure not to clip into the stitching. Referring to Diagram 11, clip into the seam allowance just to the stitching line at the corners where the bag flap extends from the clutch back. Clip into the seam allowance at the center top of the clutch back.
8. Turn the clutch right side out through the 5-inch opening. Push the lining down inside the clutch, aligning the side seams; press the upper edges. To close the opening, topstitch 1/8-inch from the open edges of the clutch (see Diagram 12).
Continued on page 5: Complete the Clutch