Every girl needs a little zipper clutch to hold all those essentials like phones, lip gloss, and sunglasses.  This little zipper pouch is fast to make and the perfect size for all those little extras a girl needs.  HeatNBond Medium Weight interfacing makes the bag sturdy yet not bulky.  Let Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks step you through all the steps to create your own HeatnBond Essentials Wristlet Clutch.

Make a Quick and Easy HeatnBond Essentials Wristlet Clutch

Sew a Stylish Wristlet with HeatnBond Interfacing

Hi everyone.  Carla here from Creatin’ in the Sticks and I’m thrilled to be here today to show how to make this little-zippered clutch that will make a great gift for anyone. I made this one with Windham Fabric’s Hand Picked, for an end of year gift for my favorite teacher.  It takes no time at all to make this Easy HeatNBond Essentials Wristlet Clutch.


HeatnBond Essentials Wristlet Clutch

By Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks

Finished size: 5 ½” x 8 ½”

Please read through all the instructions before starting.

All seams are stitched at 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
Wristlet Supplies:

Pattern – download here

HeatnBond fusible interfacing – medium weight

2 fat quarters – Windham fabric’s Hand Picked

Aurifil thread:  50wt #5002

9” zipper – non-metal

1” D ring

1” Swivel Snap Hook

Iron, sewing machine, sharp scissors, permanent marker, and other basic sewing supplies
From HeatNBond medium weight interfacing:
2 from the pattern

2 – 1 ½” x 7”

1 – 4” x 13”

1 – 2” x 4”

From focus fabric:

Cut 2 from the pattern – A

From contrast fabric:

Cut 2 from the pattern – B

4 – 1 ½” x 7” – C

1 – 2” x 4” – D

1 – 4” x 13” – E

Wristlet Instructions:

Step 1: Fuse HeatNBond medium weight interfacing to the exterior fabric pieces.

The first step is to bond the interfacing pieces to the wrong sides of the corresponding sized fabric pieces – A (exterior), two of the C pieces (exterior), D, and E.  Follow the HeatNBond package instructions to fuse the interfacing to the fabrics.

Step 2:  Prepare the exterior and lining pieces.

Make the pleats on the pattern pieces, A and B.  To begin, mark the dotted line and the solid line from the pattern on each of the 4 fabric cuts, A and B,  from the pattern pieces on the right side of the fabric.  Each fabric piece has 2 pleats and the markings are made on the left-hand side of the pieces with the pattern right side up.  To mark the other pleats on the right-hand side of the fabrics, turn the pattern right side down. Make the pleats by bringing the dotted line marks to the solid line marks.  Now press the pleats with the folds toward the outside and pin them.  Make 2 pleats on each of the 2 A pieces and 2 pleats on each of the 2 B pieces.

After the pleats are pinned, stitch the pleats 1/8″ from the raw edge.  Once the pleats are made, the top of the pieces measures 7″.  Now stitch each of the pleated pieces to one of the C strips, right sides together with a 1/4″ seam.  Sew the exterior A pieces to the HeatNBond interfacing backed C strips.


Step 3:  Sew the zipper to the exterior and lining pieces.

Trim 1/4″ from the zipper tape on the pull tab side of the zipper.

Next, slide the zipper to the other end, out of the way (using an oversized zipper makes this step so easy).  Lay one exterior piece face up on a flat surface.  Now lay the zipper right side down on the top edge of the fabric.

The next step is to sandwich the zipper tape between one exterior piece and one lining piece and pin.  The right side of the zipper tape (trimmed end) is even with the edge of the lining and exterior pieces.

Next, use a zipper foot to stitch 1/4″ from the raw edges, stitching through the 3 layers.  Backstitch at the beginning and end.

Press right sides out and top stitch close to the seam.

Once one side is stitched to the zipper, repeat the steps with the remaining exterior and lining pieces to the other side of the zipper tape.

Step 4:  Make the D ring hook.

Fold the interface backed D piece in half, wrong sides together, to form a 2″ x 2″ square.  Now unfold and meet the raw edges on the crease line and press.  Fold the fabric in half, encasing the raw edges, press, and top stitch around the finished rectangle.

Next, wrap the finished strip around the D ring.  Pin and stitch the stip close to the D ring.  Trim 1/4″ from the raw edge and pin it to the right side of the exterior of the bag on the zipper pull tab side as pictured.

It is very important to make sure the exterior layer is the only pinned piece and that all the raw edges are lined up.  Continue by stitching the D ring to the exterior piece 1/4″ from the raw edge.

Step 5:  Sew the zippered clutch together.

Place the bag on a flat surface with the exterior pieces on one side, right sides together, and the lining pieces on the other side. It is important to make sure the zipper is open halfway in the middle.  Now, make sure the zipper tapes are folded towards the lining.

Pin around the bag leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom of the lining for turning the bag right side out later.

The next step is to stitch around the bag with a 1/4″ seam.  Start on the lining side where the opening is marked and continue around the bag.  Stitch through the D ring thicknesses and the zipper.  Backstitch at the beginning and end.  Trim the excess zipper off with scissors and turn the bag right side out.

Continue by pressing the opening in the lining and stitching it shut by hand or with a narrow machine stitch.  Finally, tuck the lining inside the bag, push the corners out, and press.

Step 6:  Make the wristlet handle.

Fold the HeatNBond interfacing backed piece E in half lengthwise.  Next, open the fold and bring the raw edges to the pressed line.  The next step is to fold the piece in half to capture the raw edges in the middle.

Top stitch on the 2 long sides and then slide the snap hook onto the finished stip and stitch the strip with a 1/4″ seam to form a loop.  Continue this step by turning the loop right side out and slide the seam down about 1/4″ from the hook and pin the seam.  It is important that the seam allowances are towards the loop of the handle.

Stitch on the seam line and then stitch a square and “x” pattern where the seam allowances are sandwiched.

Have a great time making your little Quick and Easy HeatNBond Essentials Wristlet Clutch.