Center Stripe Clutch w/Fashion Fuse™

It’s a common frustration… you walk into your local craft store, knowing there is a particular type of project you want to make and that it will need a particular type of interfacing. You’re pretty sure that you should be able to find what you need at the shop, but have no idea where to start. We get it. It’s overwhelming! There are different types of interfacing to suit your changing needs and while that is incredibly handy, it can be a lot to process.

Well… we’re here to help! From time to time, we’ll be giving you a little run-down on a new product that we think you’ll love. We’ll tell you all about it, give you the low-down on how to use it, share a new project, and maybe even run a whole series on how fabulous we think it is.

Our current target? Pellon®’s 420N Fashion Fuse™, currently available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores in addition to other fine retail outlets across the country.


Fashion Fuse™ is a specialty interfacing that adds structure and definition to leather, furs, imitation leather and imitation furs. We love this product because it adds stability to these fun materials without affecting the hand. Have a soft imitation leather that you want to use for a bag, but don’t love the stretch? Add a little Fashion Fuse™ to prevent any unwanted distortion without sacrificing the supple feel.

This product is 70% Nylon & 30% Polyester and no pre-shrinking is required. To apply, we suggest ironing at a low to medium temperature, always with a dry press cloth. Steam is not required.


General Directions:

  1. Following pattern piece, cut Fashion Fuse™ to desired size. We recommend incorporating the Fashion-Fuse™ into the seams, which will help prevent difficulties below the sewing foot.
  2. Place your material right side down on your ironing board.
  3. Place fusible (rough) side of Fashion Fuse™ against the wrong side of your fabric.
  4. Set iron at low to medium with NO steam. Cover with a dry press cloth. Press gently in place in a back and forth motion for 10 seconds.  DO NOT PUT PRESSURE ON THE IRON.  Continue until entire area is fused.
  5. Allow the fused items to cool down for approximately 30 minutes on an even surface so the adhesive can set properly.  If not completely fused, raise the temperature of your iron slightly and repeat step 4.

Curious how you might use a product like this one? You’re in luck! We’ve got a brand new project for you;). Enjoy!!


Supplies & Tools
Four 4-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles of Brown Imitation Leather
Four 4-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles of Pellon® 420G Fashion Fuse™
Two 3” x 8-1/2” rectangles of coordinating fabric (sample used Richmond Floral Red by DS Quilts Collection for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores)
Two 3” x 8-1/2” rectangles of Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond®
Two 8” x 11” rectangles of Lining Fabric
One 10” zipper length
One 3” x 4” rectangle of coordinating fabric
Sewing Machine, Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Board
Pressing cloth
Zipper Foot


Use a ¼” seam allowance unless otherwise noted. RST = Right Sides Together.

Step 1: Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the 4-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles of Fashion Fuse™ to the wrong side of the Pleather rectangles and the 3” x 8-1/2” rectangles of 809 Décor-Bond® to the wrong sides of the coordinating fabric rectangles.



Step 2:  Place one pleather rectangle RST with one coordinating fabric rectangle aligning raw 8” edges and sew. Press seam toward the pleather and topstitch on the pleather side of the seam with an 1/8” seam allowance. [Tip: when sewing with leather or pleather, put a piece of thin paper between the material and the presser foot to eliminate any pull or sticking. Once seam is sewn, carefully rip paper off as you would in a paper-piecing project)


Step 3:  Please a second pleather rectangle RST  with the coordinating fabric rectangle on the newly created unit. Sew along the 8” side. Press seam toward the pleather and topstitch.


Step 4:  Repeat steps 2 & 3 to create the back side of the clutch.

Step 5:  To create zipper ends, press the 3” x 4” rectangle of fabric in half, lengthwise and wrong sides together. Open fabric, fold edges into the newly created center fold line and press. Refold center line and press. Cut strip in half.

Step 6:  Insert zipper tape into zipper ends and pin in place. Topstitch close to folded edge. Trim outer edges of the zipper ends even with the outer edges of the zipper tape.



Step 7:  Place exterior rectangle on mat, right side up. Center zipper face down on fabric so that long edges are aligned. Zipper pull, when closed, should be on the left side of the rectangle. Place lining fabric on top of zipper, right side down, with edges aligned and pin or clip in place.


Step 8:  Sew first side of zipper. Fold fabrics away from zipper with wrong sides together. Press. Always use a dry press cloth with pleather or leather. Never place the iron directly on the material.


Step 9:  Repeat these steps 7 & 8 with the remaining exterior and lining rectangles and the other side of the zipper.


Step 10:  Topstitch close to the folded edge along both sides of the zipper. Open zipper at least halfway.


Step 11:  Place exterior pieces RST and pin or clip. Repeat with the lining pieces.


Step 12:  Mark a 3” opening at bottom of lining. Starting at one mark, sew around the full perimeter of the bag ending at the second mark. Take extra care when sewing over zipper ends.

Step 13:  Clip threads and cut corners on a diagonal. Turn right side out and carefully push out all corners and zipper ends.



Step 14:  Topstitch opening closed and push lining into bag. Press.


Step 15: Admire your finished clutch!


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As usual, we’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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4 thoughts on “Center Stripe Clutch w/Fashion Fuse™

  1. VickiT says:

    This is wonderful! I had no idea about the need to stabilize Pleather at all so this is great information for me to know. I still need to learn so much about all the different Pellon products because when I go to buy some I stand there like a deer in the headlights if they are out of the type I had on my list of things to buy for a project I am starting. (I wish there was a small purse size booklet we could have describing them all to us. That would make things so much easier.) Anyway, if I can figure out how to change the zipper and this project to having a flap over top to use a Velcro closure instead, it will be perfect. My husband requested a certain type of sleeve for his tablet to protect it. I had been thinking of using fabric, but I have a large amount of Pleather purchased on clearance at next to nothing prices and it might be more protective than fabric. Plus I can use the special fabric I found just for him too. This is just about perfect. Thank you so much.

    • erin @ pellon says:

      Hi Vicki!!

      I’m so glad that this is helpful:). I’ve been playing around with pleather quite a bit and have been really pleased with how the Fashion Fuse™ works! I hope that you’re able to figure out what you need with the tablet sleeve. I do have a quick guide that I can send along. It prints out on 8-1/2 x 11″ sheets, but I will see about working on a little travel guide as well! You’ll get an email from me shortly.

      Have a lovely evening!
      Erin at Pellon

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