Elegant Evening Clutch

Elegant Evening Clutch

By Tom Kohl
A Sulky Stiffy Crisp, Firm 
Tear-Away Stabilizer Project

Project Overview:

"I prefer to use Sulky Stiffy because I only have to use one layer to stabilize most fabrics. For a project like my evening bag, Stiffy also gives the project the body it needs without using additional interfacings. Because Stiffy is so firm, I only need one layer when I am embroidering. I team it with Sulky Sticky when embroidering on T-shirts and sweatshirts. When I remove the stabilizers, my work is always smooth and unpuckered."
– Tom

About the Artist
Tom Kohl of Winter Haven, FL
Designer, Educator, Retailer

Tom Kohl of Winter Haven, FL
Designer, Educator, Retailer

Tom and his family owned and operated AK Sew & Serge in Winter Haven, FL. He has also published a line of wearable art patterns under the company name of "Nooooo Problem Patterns". His fascination with sewing began many years ago when he would "play" with his mother's sewing machine. "Playing" turned into a creative outlet, and then a business. Tom still teaches many classes in the store. Over the past several years, Tom has also taught at several Sewing Machine Company conventions and appeared on several television sewing programs. He has taken classes from nationally known sewing professionals, and he is a certified Kaye Wood Instructor.

  • Sulky® Stiffy™ Stabilizer
  • Metallica Needle size 14/90
  • Metallica Twin Needle 2.0 14/90
  • 1/3 yard Bridal satin
  • 1/3 yard Fusible Fleece
  • Pintuck Foot
  • Edge/Joining Foot
  • Washable Marker

  1. Straighten the cut edges of your bridal satin fabric using a mat, ruler and rotary cutter. Cut a 2" piece off one selvage edge (the short side), and put this piece aside.

    Cut 2 pieces of bridal satin (one for the lining and one for the outside) and one piece of fusible fleece 11" wide and 21" long.

  2. Set up your sewing machine for embroidery. Use a Metallica needle, Sulky Sliver thread on top and Sulky Bobbin Thread in the bobbin. From one of your monogram or lettering cards, choose the initial (or initials) you wish to put on the clutch. Fold 1 11" x 21" piece of satin in half, lengthwise, to find the center.

    Hoop the satin as close to the selvage of the fabric as you can so the excess lies to the back of the sewing machine. Align the center fold with the markings on the hoop. Place the hoop on the embroidery unit. Cut an 11" x 20" piece of Sulky Stiffy and place it under the hoop. Line up the needle with the center fold line so our monogram will be centered. (If your machine does not automatically position the needle to show the center of the design, check your placement with the template for the hoop you are using.) Sew your letter or monogram. Leave the Sulky Stiffy behind the outer fabric to give the purse more stability.

  3. Take the fabric out of the hoop, fold in half lengthwise with the Stiffy Stabilizer on the inside, then fold it in half widthwise. Place folded sides on the bottom and right. Place a long quilting ruler at the upper right hand corner and cut the top edge (not the side with the fold) at a 45° angle. Then cut the piece in half along the widthwise fold. Fuse the lining piece of satin to the fusible fleece.
  4. Insert a Metallica twin needle. Thread the top of the machine with two spools of the same color of Sulky Sliver; be sure to place each spool on its own vertical spool pin. Keep the Sulky Bobbin Thread in the bobbin.

    Place monogrammed piece right side up with the monogram facing upward away from you. With a washable marker, beginning with one of the bottom corners, draw a line at a 45° angle. Put a pintuck or a satin stitch foot on your machine. Sew a row of straight stitching on your marked line. Putting that row of stitching on the outside edge of the sewing foot, sew another row. Continue in this manner until you have stitched a total of 8 rows. Press the fabric if required.

  5. Thread your machine with regular sewing thread and insert a single needle. Put right sides of lining and purse together, and straight sititch around all of the sides except the straight bottom edge. Turn your purse right side out and press.

    With the 2" strip of satin cut earlier, bind the straight raw edge by folding the satin strip in half the long way; put the raw edges to the short straight side of the lining and straight stitch them together at 1/4". Then fold the strip around to the right side of the purse and edge stitch it using your edge foot.

  6. Sew the side seams to finish the purse. Divide the fabric into thirds, marking the lines with a washable marker. Keeping right sides together, fold the straight bottom edge on the first line up to the second line. Stich the seams very close to the edge of the fabric. Turn right side out and press. Place Velcro or a snap on the flap to hold shut, and you are finished.