Make Your Own African Print Clutch

African prints (also called Ankara) are known for their unique mix of bold designs and vibrant colors, so much so that they can sometimes be a bit intimidating when mixed into a single project. As the owner of Cultured Expressions Sewing Studio, Lisa Shepard Stewart is a queen of working with African textiles in various projects. She is an experienced instructor known for encouraging creativity and offering honest feedback so students can achieve their desired results.

In this class, students will enjoy working with these exciting cotton prints as they create a "modern vintage" mini clutch, complete with a metal frame and a choice of creative variations. (Beginner sewists, this course is easy to follow! Lisa demonstrates each step so you can construct your own mini clutch.) Lisa uses a fun and simple "Fuse and Stitch" piecing method, so you'll be able to focus on the beauty of the fabrics as you work. She guides you through preparing the squares and layout of the clutch before showing you how to sew the horizontal seams. Finish your favorite new accessory by adding the lining and (optional) adding a wristlet strap.  

What you will learn

  • Master Lisa's Fuse-and-Stitch piecing method and use it for future projects

  • You will learn a relaxed way of combining colors and African prints.

  • A convenient Supply Kit is available for purchase. It has enough fabric for the Clutch and allows for creative experimentation on other projects.

  • The project is perfect for confident beginners and holds the interest of more experienced stitchers with variations in the details.

  • African prints are featured, yet the project is easily adaptable to other fabrics.

  • Includes access to course video, download, the Creative Spark private community, and discussion with your instructor. Your course content does not expire.

Kit Available For Purchase


In a clutch (pun intended) to gather all of your supplies for this course? Lisa offers an optional kit with all the necessary supplies for the course,  including a 50-pack of 5" squares, giving you enough fabric leftover for your experimentation. 


(50) pack of 5" African print squares (no repeats!)

Metal purse frame, 8” wide

Fusible batting

Wristlet hardware 

 (Just add the lining fabric of your choice)

Ankara Clutch

Create a stylish statement accessory while you learn to mix and play with African prints. You’ll learn about African prints, patchwork, and accessory design in this course designed for all skill levels.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome

    1 Video 1 Text

  • Clutch Layout and Construction

    2 Videos 1 Download

  • Frame and Finishing

    2 Videos

  • Share Your New Clutch

    2 Texts