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Ang Pao Clutch Tutorial Part 1: Preparing the fabric pieces

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So, if you read my last post, I had made a PDF pattern for an Ang Pao Clutch. In this post, I’ll write a tutorial which will hopefully lead you step-by-step in creating your own clutch.

This tutorial was inspired partly by this Taiwanese tutorial on Youtube. However, I found the last part where you have to turn the entire lining inside out very difficult to do and would often cause the opening to stretch out and distort the shape of the flap cover.

I hoped to minimize the need for turning things inside out in my tutorial; however, it involves a few more steps. Because of this, I would consider it an advanced beginner pattern. Nonetheless, beginner sewists are more than welcome to try if you are up for a challenge!

STEP 1: Print out and assemble the paper pattern.

If you haven’t already, print out and assemble a copy of the paper pattern from the last post.

I would advise that you use the pattern to create templates out of thin card (vanguard sheet, as it is known locally), especially if you plan to make more than one clutch. I have done the same, as you can see from the picture above. You can also find the recommended dimensions for the pattern in the picture above, which you will get if you print the PDF pattern at 110% scale. Of course, you can resize the PDF as you like.

STEP 2: Gather your fabrics and sewing notions.

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You will need:

Fabric

  • 13 in X 10 in of fashion fabric (for the outside of the clutch, I’m using some patterned quilting cotton)
  • 13 in X 10 in of batting or fusible fleece (I’m just using felt)
  • 20 in X 10 in of lining fabric (I’m using a polka dotted quilting cotton)
  • 8 in X 7.5 in of fusible interfacing

Notions

  • 2 pairs of Chinese knot buttons
  • Sewing thread to match your fabric
  • Marking tools (I’m using a Chaco pencil)
  • Pins
  • Scissors/Rotary Cutter
  • Glue gun (optional)

Others

  • A sewing machine that can handle thick layers
  • A quarter-inch piecing foot (optional)

I assume most of you would have these lying around the house if you sew as a hobby. In addition I find that this project is great for using up those leftovers from sewing Qi Pao! If you need to get materials (in Singapore) though, you can buy all of the above from the shops in People’s Park Complex and People’s Park Centre such as Lye Nai Siong, Brighton and Golden Dragon.

STEP 3: Use Template A to cut the fashion fabric.

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Cut your fashion fabric on the WRONG side.
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Remember to mark notches by clipping the fabric slightly.

STEP 4: Cut and attach the batting

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Place your cut fabric over the batting, pinning the wrong sides together.
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Stitch them together using a scant (2-3mm) allowance. Since these are technically basting stitches, you can use a longer stitch length like 4 to 5mm.
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Carefully cut away the excess batting.

Note: If using fusible fleece batting, you will need to use template A to cut the fleece batting to size before fusing the fabric and fleece together. You will not need to sew them together.

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Anyway, you should get something like this.

STEP 5: Use Template B to cut the lining fabric.

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Cut the lining fabric on the RIGHT side.
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Remember to mark notches by clipping the fabric slightly.

STEP 6: Apply the fusible interfacing to the lining fabric.

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Align the fusible interfacing to the BLUE notches at the corners.
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Iron to fuse.

In summary, you should have two parts now, the fashion fabric with attached batting, and the lining fabric with attached fusible interfacing.

Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to assemble the clutch!

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