Kisslock Clutch

I had a small kisslock purse when I was a little girl. I loved it. It was black vinyl and it made me feel grown-up. I’ve wanted one as an adult for a long time, but I was a little intimidated. I had no idea how the purse went into the frame.

I was in Joann’s recently, with a really good coupon burning a hole in my pocket, and not only did they have the frames, but they were a little unique and perfect for the fabric I was buying for my daughter’s bag. Fabric that I knew I would have a good chunk of left when she was done. Kismet.


I will not be calling this a tutorial.  I made this, but I’m still not sure what I’m doing so I am not qualified to teach you.  Those who can’t don’t teach – they refer you to people who can.

If you’re interested in how these go together, I’d recommend this tutorial at uHandbag for frames requiring glue,


this one at Moda Bake Shop, also glued,


or this tutorial at Craft Passion if your frame is for sewing. 


How do you tell the difference?  If your frame has little holes in it, it’s meant to be stitched.  No holes means glue.

I won’t cover the basics of how you get to inserting it into the frame here.  That’s covered well in the tutorials above.  What I will tell you is how I stitched mine to the frame. 

I failed to open my frame and look at it before I started making the bag, so I thought those little stitching holes went through to the inside.  They didn’t.  I couldn’t figure out how I was going to sew through one side of metal.  I ended up sewing at an angle. 


I pushed the needle through the hole, then out just under the edge in the back.  I don’t know if that’s the right way to do it, but it mostly worked for me.  You can see some of my stitches on the inside that didn’t pull up under the edge, but it’s not very noticeable.


I just reversed the process to stitch from the inside.  By the end, I was using pliers to pull the needle through.


I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out.  The frame was inexpensive, and it feels that way, but this isn’t a clutch I’m going to take to the grocery store or track meets, so I think it will survive just fine.  It does feel securely attached to the frame.


And it’s the perfect size for my phone and lipstick.  I used red satin for the lining and I love it!


Next time I make one of these, I want to use a frame like this one from yeahshop on Etsy.


Which should turn out looking something like this bag from allisajacobs, also on Etsy.


My little clutch and I had a wonderful time at a fundraiser for TIP last night, and I think just because I have a cute kisslock bag now, I need to find more excuses to use it.  Did you hear that, honey?