To celebrate back to school season, the Sewciety would like to present its inaugural free PDF pattern! This versatile and stylish book clutch is perfect for lighter course materials or for organizing papers and notebooks on trips to the library or studio. It is designed to fit an 11 x 14 sketchpad and has pockets to fit standard 8.5 x 1 1 notebooks as well as smaller 8 x 6 notebooks (such as the small Fashionary). It also features a pocket for pens & pencils and other small items, such as erasers or your ID cards or keys. Carry it alone when you want to give your back a break, or throw it in a larger tote to keep your things organized.
This pattern is easily customized to suit your storage needs or design choices. You can add exterior pockets, or reconfigure the interior pockets to desired size and layout. The instructions are for a clutch that zips around 3 sides, but you may easily alter it to zip around 2 sides or only on the top. You could also use two zippers so that it will zip in both directions, like luggage. The pattern includes a simple rounded grip, but as you can see, we got creative with ours. (The shape mirrors the art nouveau flowers of our lining print. Minus the center spout, our fancy grip is the same size as the simple grip piece included in the pattern.)
A few notes on our materials: the exterior silver vinyl is heavy and stiff and an ideal bag material. We still used orsnaburg (the stiffest interfacing we have available) to interface it for reinforcement. The vinyl used for the grip is plain plastic with no woven backing, which makes it great for this kind of applique. It’s durable but easy to cut and sew. For the lining, I had my heart set on this Liberty design. Voile is a light fabric and, honestly, not ideal for bag lining, so I applied medium weight fusible interfacing to it, in order to make it more durable.
This is a print-and-tape pattern, but don’t worry, it’s really quick and easy to assemble.
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I had such fun picking fabrics for this that I put together a few swatch sets to show you some possibilities:
(Fabrics, row 1: Main, Grip, Lining | Main, Grip, Lining | Main, Grip, Lining)
(Fabrics, row 2: Main, Grip, Lining | Main, Grip, Lining | Main, Grip, Lining)
(Fabrics, row 3: Main, Grip, Lining | Main, Grip, Lining | Main, Grip, Lining)
This clutch goes together pretty easily, but you may refer to the photographs below if you need assistance with the instructions.
If using a vinyl such as ours that can’t be pinned, we recommend using pattern weights (*any handy objects) to hold the pattern in place and then trace it.