Hi, I’m Donna Wolfe from naztazia.com Today
I’m going to show you how to make an easy clutch purse or evening bag that has both
a hand sewn zipper and lining. For this project I’m using some Size 10 crochet thread. But
I’m taking 4 balls of it and holding 4 strands together, so it’s really easy to work with. And I’m using a size
F crochet hook. To begin make
a slipknot. Next chain 42. This is an easy purse for someone who already knows how to
crochet. If you need help with the basics, please see my beginner videos on my YouTube
channel. Skip the first 3 chains, and do a double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook.
Do 1 double crochet across the row. At the end you will have made 40 stitches. Then,
pivot your work and do 40 double crochet stitches on the other side of the chain. For round
2, do 1 double crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Since we’re working
in spirals, with no slip stitches, you’ll want to take something like a paperclip and
always mark your first stitch. At the end you will have made 80 double crochet stitches.
For round 3, do 1 double crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch around again for
a total of 80 double crochet stitches. Now is a good time to measure your work. Be sure
the width is about 10 inches. For rounds 4 and on, crochet until your clutch reaches
a height of 6.5 inches, which was about 13 rows for me. We’re going to need to crochet
later, so insert a paper clip into the loop to keep your stitches from ripping out. Next
we’ll need a 9 inch zipper. To help us with where to sew our stitches , I use a pencil
to mark off every 1 centimeter. And I draw lines to help with making the stitches straight.
By the way, please visit naztazia.com for the written pattern and supplies list for
this video. The key to making linings is to have them just a little smaller than the purse.
And craft felt, folded in half, makes a wonderful lining for beginners, since it is washable,
strong, and does not fray. Place your zipper along the bottom edge of the felt. Clip or
pin the felt to the zipper to help hold it in place. We’re going to sew the one size
of the zipper to the felt. I’m using a sewing stitch called a back stitch, but you can use
any stitch you are comfortable with. My stitches will be 1 centimeter wide, and I’m trying
to sew along the straight pencil line I made. You can see what the stitches look like from
the front. And here is a close up view. Now that I finished half of the zipper, I open it up and clip it to the top
side of the felt. Clip or pin the felt to the zipper to help hold it in place. I’m going
to continue by making a stitch in the corner over to the unsewn zipper side. Turn the piece
around and sew this side of the zipper to the felt. You can see what the zipper looks
like attached to the felt. Now it’s time to sew the sides closed. I made 1 centimeter
marks again and used my same back stitch. Sew the first side, then sew the second side.
And here is the finished lining. Since crochet purses tend to be floppy. I like to take something
stiff, like plastic canvas, and insert it in between the lining and the outer purse.
I cut my piece of plastic canvas just a bit smaller than my felt lining material. And
I make two of them for each side of the purse. Now it’s time to assemble the purse. Insert
your lining inside the purse. Then insert one piece of plastic canvas on one side, and
another on the other side. See those stitches you made, we’re going to crochet the purse
to them. Grab your unfinished loop, and do 1 single crochet, going under the normal stitch
on the purse, and then going under one of your sewn stitches. The first couple of stitches
are a real struggle, trying to hold everything in place. Continue crocheting around the purse
in this manner. Sometimes you might need to use a zipper stitch for two purse stitches.
And here is the finished lining attached to the purse. Feel free to use my flower videos
to add a flower or other embellishments to your clutch. By the way, to view this video
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