Clasp Purse Tutorial

Hello Everyone! Guess what.. It’s my blog’s 4 year anniversary today!

The summer holidays have finally arrived, so I’ve been making some more clasp purses – you may have seen me blog about them a while back. I’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial to show how I made them.


Pin pattern to chosen fabric.


Cut out two lining pieces and two outer pieces.


Pin both lining and outer fabrics with right sides together.


Sew a seam with 1/4 inch seam allowance around the bottom of the lining and outer shell pieces. (see photos below)


To create a nice curved corner, the best way to do it is to lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric. Work slowly and use the balance wheel to lift the needle up and down through the curved section.


Trim close to the seam on all sewn edges to reduce bulk.


With the outer fabric inside out, insert the lining fabric the right way into it.


Ease the lining into the outer shell so that the edges of the fabric and seams meet.


Pin the two pieces together.


Sew around the top of the purse, using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a small opening to allow you to turn it back the right way.



Turn it out the right way.


Fold the edges of the opening over, then press.


Topstitch the opening, ensuring that the stitches lie as close to the edge as possible.


The next stage is to attach the clasp frame to the purse. I found it easiest to tack the centre point of the clasp to the centre of the top edge of the purse fabric.


Use three strands of embroidery thread to sew the frame into the purse using backstitch. Unpick the small tacking stitches.

I hope this tutorial was helpful and detailed enough. Here are some photos of the other purses I have made. I better get ordering some more clasp frames!


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If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you could complete my survey about the kind of posts you would like to see on my blog! You can also follow me on Instagram @mercercreative or Pinterest @mercer_creative

Have you been doing anything creative this summer?

Lottie x












14 thoughts on “Clasp Purse Tutorial

  1. Allison says:

    Wow, those are great, Lottie! They actually look easier than I thought – although attaching the clasp seems a tiny bit difficult. By the way, where do you buy the clasps? Thanks for the tutorial – I really liked it!
    P. S. And congratulations on your 4 year blogiversary! 😀

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