As soon as I saw 5 Inches and Up carrying that Maison Martin Margiela rug clutch I knew I wanted to make something similar. I originally looked at some rugs that were much more similar to the Margiela version, but rugs were too thick to fold, resulting in a heavy clutch. So I went the route of 'inspired' by. Above you can see I made mini-paper patterns for sake of trial and error. After finalizing my ideas for the patterns that I wanted to use, I made larger versions and got to cutting my fabric.
Step one is easy, of course. Cut your fabric. Don't forget to add your seam allowance on your pattern.
As you can see here, take your two pattern pieces, right sides facing. Pin the tops together, making a "T" shape. Sew along that edge!
Now you have your first seam. You want to fold the "bag" part of the clutch up, right sides facing again. Sew the side seams. Pictured above for clarification, of course.
Once you sew those side seams, you can flip it inside out, and now you should have what is in the photo above. Woohoo!!!
Now we need to add some fringe. Take your time with these suckers.
Optionally, you can put in a lining. I recommend it! Here is a good tutorial on how to line purses. If you want to be extra fancy, you can buy plastic for your clutch to keep it stiff. This would just be hidden inside the lining. You could also cut up a binder you have laying around if you are feeling lazy...
To make it look like the Margiela clutch, fold the top flap down (as if you were shutting the clutch), then tuck the overlapping pieces of fabric underneath. You can see what I mean in the image for step one. Mess around with this until you feel you have it right. For the closure, you can either buy some velcro or just get a magnetic snap!
Second purse is really simple, the same concept as a square clutch, just cut the sides to mix it up a little. Just showing some behind the scenes here...
I've never worked with fringe before. It was a satisfying feeling to pull off the string that keeps the fringe in place while you sew.
Again, sew sides, add lining and fringe, and something to keep your clutch closed.
Woah, that was one long post. Happy DIY-ing!