Bow Clutch Tutorial

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The other week I shared my first attempt at a sewing project for the Winter Pinterest Challenge.  I promised you all a tutorial showing the process I did to make this cute little purse.  You can also view the amazing tutorial I followed on Elm Street Life.  Life then got crazy again, but I am finally sitting down to get this tutorial finished.  On a side note, we closed escrow on our first home today! Now 3.5 months for packing and waiting until we move in.  So on to the tutorial….

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

First things first, you will need to gather your supplies.  You will need a few sewing basics like a sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, iron and ironing board.  In addition for this project you need:

  • Thicker fabric for the exterior (I used European Linen Fabric Fig)
  • Lining fabric (I used Kona Cotton Meringue)
  • 9″ Zipper is a complimentary color
  • Matching thread (I had such a hard time deciding at the store that I came home with 3 shades)
  • #808 Pellon craft fuse interfacing

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

Next step is to cut all the pieces of fabric.  I found this step to be a bit frustrating as there seems to be a learning curve with accurately cutting fabric with a rotary cutter.  It just seemed so slippery!  I ended up re-cutting a few pieces and wasting a bit of fabric.  The picture below is a guide for the pieces you will need to cut.

Interfacing: 10″x 6″ (2)

Liner fabric: 10″x 6″ (2)

Exterior fabric: Body 10″ x 6″ (2), Strap 14.5″ x 3.5″, Bow 11″ x 5″ (2), Knot 2″ x 5″

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

Now that we have all of our pieces it is time to get to sewing, starting with making the strap.   Continue reading »

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Bow Clutch

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I was so excited last week to hear the announcement for the Winter Pinterest Challenge! This challenge was the brain child of two fabulous bloggers (Sherry & Katie) and each time they invite two additional bloggers to help host. The point of the challenge is simple, stop pinning and start doing.  Pick a project you pinned and you have been putting off and get busy.

A big shout out to our fabulous hosts this time around:

For this time around I am FINALLY diving into a project on my new sewing machine.  I have been eyeballing this adorable bow clutch that I pinned (my pin) to my sewing board months ago, way before I even owned a sewing machine.  This project comes from the creative mind of Whitney at Elm Street Life.  She wrote a fantastic step-by-step tutorial showing how she made this lovely clutch.  So here is the final product:

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

I am so happy with how it turned out being this was the first project I have ever made on a sewing machine.  It is not perfect but I love it!  I bought all my fabric from

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The exterior green is European Linen Fabric Fig and the inside liner is Kona Cotton Meringue.  I got the zipper, thread and interfacing at Joann’s.  I bought more supplies to make this again in purple with pink liner too!  Continue reading »