Single-File Clutch

Get a handle on all your necessities with this crocheted purse made from a single crochet panel. The handle openings are formed by skipping stitches as you crochet the rows. Fold the panel in half and stitch the sides together to complete the clutch.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in desired color Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook Clear plastic makeup or toiletries bag for liner (clutch shown uses an 11x6" bag) Approximately 15"-square piece of printed fabric Sewing thread Cardboard Tulle Felt Small beads Pin back Finished clutch: approximately 12x9" Gauge: 7 sts and 6 rows = 2". Take time to check your gauge. See crochet stitch basics here. Crochet abbreviations are at the end of instructions.

 

Crochet the Clutch:

Ch 45. Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 42 hdc, turn (44 sts). Rows 2–5: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 42 hdc, turn. Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 12 hdc, ch 16, sk the next 16 hdc, hdc in next 14 sts, turn (this creates one handle). Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 12 hdc, 16 hdc in next 16 ch, hdc in next 14 sts, turn. Rows 8–39: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 42 hdc, turn. Note: The number of crochet rows needed depends on how tall your cosmetic bag liner is. If needed, adjust the number of crochet rows to make your bag one row higher than the height of the zipped liner. Row 40–41: Rep Rows 6–7 (this creates second handle). Rows 42–45: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 42 hdc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Add the Lining and Finish the Clutch:

Lay the crocheted fabric flat. Measure the width and the distance from just below one handle to just below the other handle. Cut fabric 1" wider and taller than measurements. Fold 1/2" hem on all sides of fabric; press. Lay fabric right side up on inside of crocheted fabric. Slip-stitch the fabric to crocheted fabric with matching thread. Fold crocheted fabric in half with lining on the inside. Align the handles. Use yarn and a blunt-end yarn needle to whipstitch the sides of the clutch together. Tie off yarn and trim the ends. Insert cosmetic bag liner inside crocheted clutch, leaving zipper open. Hand-stitch the liner to the crocheted clutch (along the zipper binding) using thread to match the binding.

Make Flower Pin:

Cut a small flower shape from cardboard. Using cardboard flower as a template, trace shape onto tulle three times; cut out. Cut small circle from felt for backing. Layer the tulle shapes on top of the felt circle, alternating the position of the petals. Sew in place at center. Stitch three or four beads to the center of the tulle flower. Sew pin back to back of felt circle. Pin flower to crocheted clutch.

 

Crochet Abbreviations:

beg    begin(ning)(s) ch    chain dc    double crochet hdc    half double crochet rnd(s)    round(s) sc    single crochet sk    skip sl st    slip stitch st(s)    stitch(es)

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