Make a Patchwork Clutch with Sashiko Stitching

I've had this project on my list for sew long and I finally got around to hunting down some denim patches to complete it! I incorporated some traditional Japanese Sashiko embroidery stitches for texture and LOVE how it turned out...I can't wait to employ these techniques on a larger patchwork tote. Click through below to see how I crafted my patchwork denim pouch!

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

What You'll Need 

Scraps of Jean, chambray or linen fabrics
Jean Patches
Fabric Scissors 
White Embroidery Floss 
6" Jean Zipper
Straight Edge or Ruler 
Sewing Machine
Straight Pins

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

1. Cut Pouch Pieces
Cut a large rectangle piece of denim roughly 15" x 11" or to accommodate your zipper (with 1" seam allowance). Iron in half so that there is a pressed side seam. This will be the front/back of the pouch. If working with old jeans or smaller scraps you can cut two rectangles of denim and sew up the three sides to complete your pouch when you're done with your patches and embroidery. If you're not an experienced seamstress I would recommend cutting two separate rectangles for your pouch front/back as it will make installing a zipper easier.

2. Create Patch Pieces
Use a needle to pick out threads from the edges of the jean patches until the edges are significantly frayed. I found a great pack of jean patches in various color ways at the craft store for under $5 dollars so I didn't have a lot of material left over. Experiment with sandpaper and bleach to distress your patches further!

3. Pin Patches in Place
Play around with the patch placement and overlap different fabrics and shades of denim to create layers. Once you're happy with their placement pin each patch in place with several straight pins so they don't shift around while you're sewing.

4. Top Stitch Patches
Use a zig zag stitch around the edge of the patch to secure each piece in place. Use various stitches to sew straight lines back and forth over the denim fabric to create textures.

5. Sew on Zipper
Pin the zipper in place along the top of the pouches edges and stitch down. I folded over the raw frayed edge so that the selvage was exposed on the exterior of the pouch. You may need to unzip the zipper to be able to stitch a seam on your sewing machine.

6. Sew Up the Sides
Turn the pouch inside out and stitch a 1/2" seam around the edges of the pouch, reinforcing the corners. Trim off any loose threads before turning the pouch right-side out.

I can't wait to see how this pouch will get better with a little wear!
Style as a cute clutch or toss in your purse to catch receipts and other clutter.

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

Make a patchwork clutch with denim and fabric scraps

Happy Crafting!
Lindsey Crafter


  1. Beautiful! I've featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip here: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sashiko-denim-patchwork-clutch/2017/01/11/ --Anne

  2. Thanks so much Anne! I've been using this sturdy pouch every day!

  3. This is such a fun way to use Sashiko stitching! I have a popular Sashiko round-up post on my blog that I update occasionally. I'll link to this project soon!

    1. Too fun! Can you link to it here? I'd love to see it! It's such a fun and easy stitch for adding texture!

    2. Thanks! If you'd like, I'll include the photo of your finished project. I'm sure it will get more traffic that way :)


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