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IDA CLUTCH – A Free Sewing Pattern

IDA CLUTCH – A Free Sewing Pattern

I love making handmade gifts for people, because in a world where so much is massed-produced, we don’t view many items as being sentimental or worthy of keeping for a long time, as a result we end up re-gifting, selling, donating or dumping gifts we receive. Reality is that with gift-giving, it can be more a token of obligation rather than an intentional thought of what the receiver may want or need. Maybe we don’t know the person well enough, or maybe someone is hard to buy for! Either way, a handmade gift has a lot better chance at sticking around in that person’s life than most other items. It IS the thought that counts, you spend your time and energy making something for another person and that is amazing!

I have designed a simple pattern perfect for gifting – Just in time for Mother’s Day


I’m so excited to share with you all, and its FREE!!!! A sweet clutch purse or cosmetic bag with dart detail, perfect for scrap busting, Fat Quarter friendly too! It’s called the Ida Clutch.


My Nana went by the name Ada, and as far as my mum, her sisters and brother, everyone who knew her was concerned, her name was Ada. It wasn’t until she passed away and my mum found her birth certificate, that we realised her name was, in fact, Ida. Was it a typo? Did she change her name? With most of her other relatives already gone, we will never know!


The pattern is available to download free here —> Ida Clutch Pattern Illustrator_v3


The instructions (with photos) are available here —> IDA CLUTCH SEWING INSTRUCTIONS



Here’s a list of materials for this project:


Main fabric (Outer)

11” (30cm) cut of fabric (all widths)

or approx 2 squares measuring 11”x11” (28cmx28cm)

Lining Fabric

11” (30cm) width of fabric

or approx 2 squares measuring 11”x11” (28cmx28cm)

More fabric required for internal pockets


1/2 yard (40cm)


Zipper. 10” (25cm) teeth – metal works best

Snaps or magnetic closure, 1 full set

Regular Thread

Topstitching thread (optional)

Sewing machine needle/s, always choose the right needle for your project/fabric/thread


Zipper sewing machine foot – essential for neat zipper insertion

Hammer (some types of snaps require one)


So many choices!!! This pattern can be made up in a variety of fabrics which can change the overall look and purpose of the clutch.


Med weight + fabrics including Canvas, Denim, Heavy Linen, Upholstery fabrics, Leather, quilted fabrics (or get creative and quilt your own!)

Obvious directional prints will not work for the ‘back’ of the clutch as it will appear upside down on the front fold over part. If you have a directional print you would like to use, consider using it on the front and using a solid contrast fabric/leather for the back – this looks really great!

It would make a lovely cosmetic bag you use waterproof fabric like neoprene, PUL, wax cloth, oilcloth or add a clear vinyl layer over your chosen fabric.


Light and Medium weight fabrics, quilting cotton, calico, drill, silk, linen, tencel, rayon etc


Now this is really up to you, it depends on how thick your outer fabric is, how stiff you would like your clutch to be, you may want to interface your lining too. There are two pattern pieces for the interfacing, one piece (B) covers the whole piece minus the seam allowance where the zipper will be, and the other piece (C) strengthens the structure of the base of the clutch so it folds over nicely. I have used a variety of different interfacings, medium interfacing for piece B and then a thicker one for piece C layered over piece B, and I have tried using piece C on the lining too, and I usually interface the whole lining if its lightweight fabric . Its all a matter of personal preference.

Bear in mind that you will need to sew darts in the corners of the main and lining, if you think it will be too thick, you can cut and discard the interfacing from one of the interfacing layers inside the dart triangle.

There’s a whole page on interfacing here —> INTERFACING Ida Clutch

Gather your supplies, print the PDF Pattern, and let’s get started!

  • […] first, you’ll need to download and print the pattern. You can find it here on this post: INTRODUCING THE IDA CLUTCH It is recommended that you use Acrobat Reader, and you must print at 100% (no scaling or fit to […]

  • Paula Spranger

    May 8, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Lovely blog.
    I couldn’t read the Ida clutch instructions, nothing shows on the page.

  • kylieandthemachine

    May 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Paula,
    Hmmmm for some reason when I’ve linked the post it doesn’t work. Head back to the blog and click the post ‘Ida clutch sewing instructions’ hope that works!

  • Paula Spranger

    May 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

    ok, thank you!

  • Double Denim | Fifty Two Fancies

    May 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    […] here we are in matching denim (she used the same stuff for her Safran Jeans), and with our matching Ida Clutches, before we had delicious chips and soda at Six Barrel Soda […]

  • Sarah Tate

    May 12, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Thank you for offering this pattern for free! It looks like the perfect clutch for gifts. I’m just getting a blank screen when I try to download the pattern though. Any suggestions?

  • kylieandthemachine

    May 12, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Hi sarah, there’s been a few glitchy things happening on and off with the new site. I’m still learning all this web stuff. Is it just the PDF link that wasn’t loading or the whole blog entry? The pattern PDF link is from the page ‘introducing ida clutch’ and it can be accessed from the top menu and the blog and if you scroll down on the main front page there’s ‘latest posts’ if you still can’t load it, please send me an email

  • […] go here. I started off this project by checking out Kylie’s website.  The Ida clutch pattern is free and easy to download from her site.  That’s one massive tick in the’ gift giving’ criteria box. So I […]

  • A clutch of Ida’s | Fifty Two Fancies

    July 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    […] would be a lot of pressure involved in that, rightly or wrongly!), but a bag I could manage. The Ida Clutch is a simple sew, with nice clear instructions, and can be made in a variety of materials. […]

  • Jane Andrews

    July 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hi the link to the instructions isn’t working. Have tried from my home and work computers.

  • kylieandthemachine

    July 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Hi jane, I am working on getting that fixed though my computer is out of action 🙁

    Try heading to the blog and clicking the post named “ida clutch sewing instructions” that is where the link should lead to.



  • kylieandthemachine

    July 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Hi jane, while I’m still not sure what is happening, I tried to load the instructions on another computer and at first it did not load, but I clicked refresh next to the web address and it did work! Try that fingers crossed it works for you 🙂

  • […] then to round it all off I decided to make the Ida Clutch using a piece of leather I had in my stash (from the Fabric Store). It wasn’t quite enough […]

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