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The Panic Clutch

Hi Everyone!

Today I want to introduce you to my new pattern the Panic Clutch! Let me give you some back story on how this fabulous clutch got its name…
At the end of December on the day of my MIL’s birthday I asked my Hubby what we were giving her, he said “I don’t know” – typical male!  Unfortunately for me I probably should have asked him earlier that that day…but I didn’t so I went into “panic mode” and designed and made her a clutch all before lunch time!
Here is a picture of the Panic Clutch I made her:


She loved it!  Yay 🙂

I posted a picture of this Panic Clutch on Instagram and Facebook, and after the wonderful response it received, I decided that this pattern should be my 1st for 2016!
So set about making up the pattern for you all, and sent it off to my tester a few weeks back, I’ll show you their versions a little later on 🙂


The Panic Clutch pattern is a quick sew that will result in a fabulous looking clutch. This clutch is great for meeting friends for lunch or a night on the town, when you only need a few items.
The finished size of The Panic Clutch measures approximately 61/4″ tall x 103/4″ wide (15cm x 27cm).
It has been designed with leather flap, but if you prefer to make it entirely from cotton fabric or use faux leather for the flap instead of leather, instructions for these variations are included.

Now let me tell you about the Panic Clutch’s wonderful features:
– It is a fantastic size, not to big and not to small, measuring approximately 6¼” tall x 10¾” wide (15cm x 27cm).
– It has a feature flap, which you could make from Leather, Faux Leather or Fabric.
– If has a top zip closure AND a pretty twist lock (on the flap).
– Inside you will find a slip pocket.

The Panic Clutch is a very quick project – it took my testers between 1 and 3 hours to complete the bag. That time includes: printing the pattern, cutting the fabric, applying the interfacing and sewing the bag.
The flap, as a “classy and unique ” shape – yep that is what one of my wonderful testers said about the shape of the flap!
Because of the quick sewing time and “classy” nature of this bag, many of my testers made 2 Panic clutches during the testing period.  I think the panic clutch would make a great gift for a friend or family member, and it would even make a fantastic item for those of you who sell your makes at markets or in your online stores too 🙂


The Panic Clutch is classed as a “Beginner – Confident Beginner” level pattern. The only part of the bag construction that moves it in the direction of “Confident Beginner” is the top zip closure and installation of the twist lock – all of which you are talked though within the pattern, and I have also included some great colour photos for you to follow – because of all this, you might choose to tackle your 1st zip and twist lock!


So if this sounds like a pattern that is for you…

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

Ok, so who is ready to look at some extremely pretty tester bags?! Now my testers are only required to test a pattern by making one item, however this round my testers seemed to liked this pattern so much that I have 20+ (yep, you read that right!) to show you today, so grab some pop-corn and get ready for some real inspiration 🙂

MelisaCollageMelisa from Melisa Jane made these 2 pretties!
Melisa’s versions are made using a faux leather flap paired with that gorgeous floral (Right) and Leather body and lovely Tula Flap (Left) – I only recommended making this Clutch with Leather for the body if you have an industrial sewing machine…the layers get thick and will be too tough for a domestic machine!

MariaCollageMaria made these beauties, and she wanted to tell you what she thought
of the Panic Clutch Pattern too…
“It’s a great pattern! I love, love  love the shape of the flap and the professional touch that the twist lock gives to it!  It was my first time installing this type of lock and must say that following Emma’s instructions in the pattern made it a breeze.”

Mel1Mel from Buntings & Things made this lovely number – look at that read sparkling vinyl!  She decided to use my “How to make a Wristlet Strap” tutorial to add a wristlet strap to her Panic Clutch too 🙂

SusanCollageI am loving Susan’s Panic Clutch – I’m a sucker for purple 🙂
Susan wanted to tell you all that she thought “The pattern was written very well and easy to follow. I Love that it was a fast sew.”

kathleenCollageKathleen’s Panic Clutch is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Kathleen had this to say about the Panic Clutch Pattern…”I love this one! It’s really nice to sew and it was my first time using a twist lock and the pattern instructions were great. I thought all the instructions were really clear, I followed them easily and everything went together really well.” – thanks Kathleen 🙂

Rachael from Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow made 3 versions of the Panic Clutch!  She must really have liked this pattern 😉  I really love them all, they all have such great personality!
You can read more about what Rachael thought about the Panic clutch pattern on her blog.

LindseyCollageLindsey changed the pattern slightly as she was unable to acquire a twist lock, instead she was very inventive and used a snap from her daughter’s ripped shirt! I think it looks like these buttons were made for this Panic Clutch – it’s a very sweet take on the pattern, Lindsey!

JanetCollageThis is Janet’s version of the Panic clutch…its so classy!
Janet had this to say…
“I love the pattern! Everything went together great and Emma has added such helpful hints for beginners too.”

MitziCollageMitzi used some lovely mint leather for her versions of the panic clutch – I love these ones so much, I have heard great things about this leather seller, I’ll have to see if they have any mint leather soon as I think I need a panic clutch like Mitzi’s!
Mitzi is new to my testing team and had this to say about the Panic clutch pattern…
“I found this to be a lovely pattern to sew! It was well written and easy to follow, came together quickly too!”

DanielleCollageDanielle from Paisley Avenue made this beautiful version!
She wanted to tell you all she thinks that, “this is such a great pattern with a lovely shape especially the flap 🙂 It’s a perfect size and it nice and quick to make, which is fantastic!”

AmyCollageAmy is new to my testing team and made this lovely version of the Panic Clutch!  I love her fabric choices 🙂  She had this to say about the pattern…
“This is a great pattern and was so much fun to sew.  I’m looking forward to making more.  On a side note, even my husband thought this was a cute bag and he’s usually very underwhelmed with my sewing efforts ;)”
Woohoo this pattern has past the husband test 😀

kristina6Kristina from Harley B made this gorgeous version, I love this Amy Butler fabric and the purple faux leather Kristina a match made in heaven! Kristina though that the Panic Clutch pattern was “well written with good instructions, [she] wasn’t sure [she] liked the flap shape but now it’s made [she] loves it!”

LynneCollageLynne from Bags by Lyn Wam is also new to my testing team, and she made this pretty grey and pink version. Lynne thought…”the Panic Clutch is a great wee bag!! The pattern is easy to follow as instructions are great with good photos too.”

nancyCollageNancy made these great versions of the panic clutch!  As you can see Nancy also added a wristlet strap using my “How to make a Wristlet Strap” tutorial.

MargarethCollageMargareth made this very elegant version of the Panic Clutch, the textured faux leather she has paired with that fabric is just perfect!

simone1Simone used a really special twist lock on her Panic Clutch, and it is the real hero of this version – another really elegant Panic Clutch!

jayneCollageJayne made this beautiful version of the Panic Clutch and wanted to tell you all this…”I did really enjoy making the panic clutch and I must say it is a cute fast sew that is very useful too” – thanks Jayne 🙂

RoseCollageRose from Sew Spoolish made this very pretty version – I think the navy and white makes me think of summer, so I can really see this Panic Clutch at a beach side wedding 🙂 Rose thought the Panic Clutch pattern “was an amazingly quick sew! [She] loved it!!”

barbaraCollageThe lucky last Panic clutch I have to share with you today, has been made by Barbara!  Barbara added 2 d-ring tabs, one to either side of her clutch and made a cross body strap to go with it, now she uses her version as a small hands free bag! You could adapt this tutorial slightly to get the same effect should you wish too.

I am so pleased with the response to this new pattern from my testing team, this certainly seemed to be a favourite among them 🙂

I hope you all love the Panic Clutch too, this is such a versatile pattern that you can give your own personalty too!

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

I would love to see your Panic Clutches, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 If you want to use the tags #panicclutch or #patternsbyemkie that would be awesome too!

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Happy Sewing!

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