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Add a Wrist Strap to a Clutch {tutorial}

2013 July 5

I love the gathered clutch tutorial from Noodlehead. I’ve made several of them in the past and her instructions make a very polished project (as usual!).

Ever since I figured out how to change a zipper pull I have been extra excited about my zipper projects! I added a swivel clip and a strap to this one so that it would mimic my favorite clutch – I explain more about it in this past Monday’s post. I love how it turned out, here’s how you can to do it too!

You will need:

  • swivel clip – mine has a 3/4″ D-Ring with a clip attached (I re-purposed one from a stashed luggage clip)
  • jump rings (chain findings) in two sizes – from the jewelry section of your local craft store (mine were 1/4″ and 1/2″)
  • Noodlehead Gathered Clutch tutorial and Materials
  • Thread Riding Hood – Change a Zipper Pull tutorial
  • needle-nose pliers
  • school glue stick
  • safety pin

Here we go:

(1) Follow Steps 1-5 from the Thread Riding Hood tutorial on how to change a zipper pull and put the zipper aside until needed for your Gathered Clutch (2) Follow the Noodlehead Gathered Clutch tutorial up until she gets to the “Assembling the Clutch” directions. (3) Cut a piece of fabric for your strap that is 14″ long by 4 times the width of the D-Ring on your swivel clip. (My D-Ring was 3/4″ wide, multiply by 4 = 3″ wide) (4) Iron your Strap fabric in half, unfold and fold the sides into the centre (5) Fold and glue down 1/4″ on one end of your strap. Refold the strap and iron.

(6) Top-stitch around the strap, start at the raw ends, stitch around the end you folded under, and finish at the raw ends. (I like using contrasting thread – but make sure you sew straight because every wobble with show!) (7) Fold the finished end of the strap around the D-Ring on the swivel clip. Stitch across the strap close to the D-Ring. (I find it easiest to use my zipper foot.) (8) Continue on following the Noodlehead tutorial until after you have top-stitched the zipper. (9) Pin the strap to outside fabric only on the “zipper pull” end of the clutch, halfway between the zipper and the front band (10) Open the zipper, fold and safety pin the strap in the centre of the bag so you do not accidentally sew it while assembling the clutch (11) Finish the clutch as per the Noodlehead directions.


My daughter made a “book” with all of her favorite things from Kindergarten and we added this to the clutch before it was gifted to her teacher. The colour choices assigned to me were her teacher’s “favorite colours” (as per my daughter!) – Purple, Pink and Yellow – I think she liked it!


I hope you are loving the zipper pull transformations as much as I am! What would you put a new zipper pull on? It would be fun to see some great zipper tutorials listed so we can all be inspired!
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