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with Janelle MacKay
Online Class

Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques

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Discover how to make a clutch bag to complement any outfit in your wardrobe! Bag pattern and hardware designer Janelle MacKay will show you how to sew clutches with shapely structure, eye-catching metallic accents and professional-quality finishes. Start taking your bag-making skills to new levels by learning how to coordinate a variety of mix-and-match options: body style, hardware, flap shape, fabric and more. Janelle will share her techniques for making polished credit card, lipstick and internal zipper pockets. Ready to construct your bag? Find out how to do it without sewing on a curve and learn to attach a magnetic snap and turn lock. Move on to using stabilizers for shape and structure in your designs and learn a trick for perfectly aligning your closures. Complete class by adding an elegant touch with metallic trim, a strap and optional ruched panels.


  • beginner
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h21m

Included in this Class

1. Preparing the Fabric

1. Preparing the Fabric

Meet your instructor, pattern and bag hardware designer Janelle MacKay, and learn about the dozens of mix-and-match options you can choose from to make your own clutch. Then, Janelle will walk you through the the best fabric choices and explain what you should know about "fancy" fabrics.

2. Pockets

2. Pockets

Now that you've chosen your bag's features and fabric, it's time to get started on construction! Janelle will show you her tips and tricks to make professional-quality pockets with ease. When you're done, you'll have the perfect pockets to hold your lipstick and credit cards.

3. Zipper Pocket

3. Zipper Pocket

Do you struggle to insert perfect zippers? Not any more! Janelle guides you through the last pocket on your bag: an internal zipper with all the exposed edges neatly tucked away. Then she'll guide you through topstitching the pocket, and help you learn to use a zipper foot without fear.

Recommended with this class

  • 1/2 yard (45.7 cm) exterior fabric (such as quilting cotton, silk, satin or non-stretch taffeta), or 3/4 yard (68.6 cm) for ruched flap bag
  • Bag hardware as listed in class materials
  • Foam stabilizer
  • Metal edge trim (optional)