crochet love {easy gusseted zipper clutch}

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I have a deep affection for bags, purses, and any sort of zippered pouch that I can put stuff in. It must be a genetic trait that comes with most of us girls. And now that I’m a mom to three snack obsessed and tiny car loving boys, having pouches of all shapes and sizes to organize my purse has become even more important!
I made this gusseted zipper clutch several months ago (and posted a tutorial for the tiny crochet pocket), and thought I’d finally write down how I made it. I knew I wanted a brightly colored zipper (I bought a bundle from BuzzyBeeShop a while ago, for no real reason except “all the pretty colors!”) and I knew I wanted a gusseted bottom. This type of clutch would give me lots of room for diapers, wipes, or a work-in-progress crochet project.
Here’s how I made it…
Supplies:
Remnants of Bulky size yarn (Hometown USA in Monterey Lime, and Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fishermanaffiliate links)
Size L crochet hook
Zipper
Scissors
Large sewing needle
Need to know:
(sc) single crochet
(ch) chain
Blanket stitch (for sewing zipper)
1. Ch until length matches length of your zipper.
2. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. In last ch, work 2 sc instead of 1. Continue working sc in opposite side of ch. Sl st in top loop of first ch 1.
3. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Sl st in top loop of ch 1.
4. Repeat step 3 until you reach desired height (switching yarn after a few rows if you want a “color blocked” look). Fasten off.
5. Flip bag inside out. Pinch one corner flat and sew it down. Repeat with the other corner.

6. Pin zipper to top edge and sew using a blanket stitch. *Refer to my previous tutorial, How to add a zipper to a crochet clutch, for details if needed.

That’s it!

The fun thing about making crochet purses and clutches like this is that you can add all kinds of details. You can use different colors, add a pocket, add a flower or bow, or even add a shoulder strap. 
What would yours look like?
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