Maps will stay nice and clean in this faux leather, fold-over map clutch!
Road trip! Just the words make my heart sing! No, really! I love traveling and I love traveling by car. My road trip is only in the planning stages but I can already feel the excitement building. I have decided on the bare bones of where I want to go and approximately when I want to be there but the details are yet to be fleshed out. The next logical step was to go to my local AAA office for maps and TourBook Guides. Yes, I know I have GPS on my iPhone and I do use it, but nothing beats a paper map and felt-tipped pens for planning a road trip.
Now that I have my maps and tour books, I need a pouch to put them in. The pouch will keep the maps neat, clean, and together in my glove box. A surf through Pinterest gave me the perfect idea–a fold-over clutch. In my stash is a lovely, maroon, faux leather remnant perfect for the exterior fabric and a maroon plaid Home Dec remnant perfect for the lining. I did not have the zipper length I needed to match the color so I reclaimed a zipper from a plastic bag that some linens had come in. It was the perfect color match too. The zipper has plastic teeth. Normally I would chose metal for leather but I am going for function and not fashion.
To make a fold-over pouch like mine you will need to decide on the size of clutch you want. i wanted mine to fit in my glove box and I was using remnants so that dictated my size.
Here is what you will need:
2 exterior pieces 12 X 13 inches
2 lining pieces 12 X 13 inches
2 tab [pieces 2 X 2 inches. This can be of any fabric you like. I chose to use the faux leather.
Leather sewing machine needle
Clips (we don’t want to use pins in the faux leather. They will leave puncture marks in the fabric. You can choose the Dritz clips or binder clips),
Scissors and a chopstick or other blunt implement
Step One: Preparing the fabric: Cut your pieces to the desired size. If you are using quilters cotton fabric you may also want to use interfacing. I wanted to keep the lovely, soft, faux leather feel and the Home Dec fabric added just enough body for my needs.
Step Two: Preparing the zipper: Cut the zipper 1-inch shorter than the width of the clutch. Tack by hand-stitching the ends of the zipper. This will keep you from losing the zipper head or the zipper separating. Attach the tab piece to one of the zipper ends with straight stitching. Make sure to backstich at both ends of the seam. Do the same to the other end of the zipper. Trim the tabs to the width of the zipper as shown in the picture below.
Step Three: Installing the zipper Clip your zipper to the top of the exterior piece right sides together (RST). Place your lining piece on top of that also with the right side facing the right side of the exterior fabric. The raw edges at the top should be even. You have the option of basting the zipper sandwich together at this point. I find that it prevents puckers and makes it easier for me to maneuver around the zipper head when sewing. Using your zipper foot, sew the zipper on. You can determine how close you want to get to the zipper teeth. You can top-stitch the exterior fabric zipper tape. This adds decorative appeal as well as the practical purpose of keeping the fabric away from the zipper head while zipping the clutch. Repeat the zipper sandwich for the remaining exterior and lining panels.
Step Four: Sewing the body of the pouch Leave the zipper open, clip together the exterior panels and the lining panels, and sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the edges of the clutch. Leave a 3-inch opening in the bottom of the lining so you can turn the clutch right side out.
Step Five: The Finish Turn the clutch inside out through the opening. I like to use a little Liquid Stitch to hold the lining to the zipper tape on the inside of the clutch. I just hate it when the lining gets stuck in the zipper and this helps to keep it away and in place. Sew the opening closed. I machine-stitched about an 1/8-inch for the edge to close mine. You can chose to slip stitch this closed by hand. Remember this is a map clutch and very few people will see the interior. Tuck the lining into the clutch and you are ready to use it.
I love mine! The leather and the plaid have an old west feel to me and it fits in with my travel location plans.
More about about my road trip plans later.