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 »