Zip Top Stand Up Clutch

Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs Hey bag makers! We have a fun pattern hack today, adding a zipper to the top of your Stand Up Clutch! Putting the zipper across the top changes the look ever so slightly and adds that extra security to your clutch opening. Read on to make your very own Zip Top Stand Up Clutch today!

Not familiar with the Stand Up Clutch pattern? Not to worry! You can find it here.

You want to have all your outer pieces completed, however, not sewn TOGETHER. You will have 4 completed pieces.

Other items you will need:

  • Zipper – 9″ (23cm) for Small, 11″ (28cm) for Medium or Large
  • 4 Zipper tabs cut at 1″ wide by 1.5″ long (2.5cm by 4cm) (if you are using #5 or larger zipper, adjust the width to fit)
  • Wonderclips and various sewing tools

Supplies - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Adding the Zipper Tabs

Mark 1/4″ (0.6 cm) away from the stopper at the end of the zipper. Line up 2 zipper tabs on either side of the end you just marked using a 1/4″ (0.6 cm) seam. Cut excess zipper tape off, flip the tabs right sides together and topstitch!

To apply the other end of the zipper tabs, mark the opposite side as follows from the end of the tab zipper WITH the tab on. Include the tab in your measurement:

  • Small 8″ (20 cm)
  • Medium 9 1/4″ (23.5 cm)
  • Large 10″ (25 cm)

Use this line as a guide and line up the other 2 zipper tabs and stitch down using a 1/4″ (0.6 cm) seam allowance.

Zipper Sewn - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Zipper Sewn - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Snip off the excess zipper (save for another project if desired) and turn tabs right sides together and topstitch.

Attach the Zipper to the Body

Take one of your exterior pieces and place it RIGHT SIDE UP. Lay your zipper RIGHT SIDE DOWN on top of it. Snip the curve of the zipper if you are finding it’s not following the curve as nice as you want, just make sure you don’t snip too much! Baste it down with a 1/8″ (0.3cm) seam allowance.

Other side clipped - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

other side sewn before lining - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Now lay your lining piece RIGHT SIDE UP and lay the piece you’ve just sewn with the zipper, on top with RIGHT SIDES facing. Using a 1/4″ (0.6 cm) seam allowance, sew this side down following your previous stitching.

One side clipped - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Now flip that out so the wrong sides are together and topstitch along the zipper. I find I don’t need to trim the foam as it has been stitched twice so is fairly flat. Trim if you desire before topstitching.

One side sewn - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Repeat Steps above for the other side! *Tip- open the zipper as you topstitch the other side. It will be much easier!

Zipper Sewn - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

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Sew it all together.

This is where things get a little different from the pattern! We are going to place everything RIGHT SIDES together. Outer will face outer, inner to inner. Pin along the sides and bottom! BUT FIRST-> Open your zipper, don’t do what I did and struggle 😀

Final sewing - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Now here is a trick to getting perfect zipper tabs! You want the zipper tabs to be facing or pointing towards the LINING! This will give you perfect corners every time! This photo will explain what I mean – 

Zipper facing lining - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Using a 1/2″ (1.2cm) seam allowance, stitch the 2 long sides, the outer bottom. Be sure to leave an opening on the lining bottom to turn it. Once done you will square your corners as per the Stand Up Clutch Pattern!

Corners sewn - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Turning hole - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Now turn that clutch out, topstitch your lining opening and admire your little beauty!

Finished - Zip Top Stand Up Clutch - Andrie Designs

Adding a zipper top isn’t hard if you know all the little tricks! Now that you do, you can add zippers to ALL THE CLUTCHES…. or maybe that’s just me who has the zipper obsession.

Works for Every Size - Stand Up Clutch Gets Zipped - Andrie Designs

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Once you’re all zipped, head to the Andrie Designs Facebook Group and share your Stand Up Clutch. We love seeing your creations! Will you be trying this tutorial out? I cannot wait to make more small ones! <3 Aimee The Little Bird Designs

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