Sunday, April 6, 2014

Put a Bow on It! A Bow Clutch DIY

What's more feminine than a bow?  I love bows on anything-shoes, handbags, hair accessories, you name it.  I also believe you can never be too old to wear anything with a bow on it.  I plan to be a fashionable, bow-wearing lady even when my hair has gone gray.  Today, I'm going to share a quick, weekend DIY with you for a super cute bow clutch!

 What you'll need...

*1/2 yard of exterior fabric
*1/2 yard of lining fabric
*1/2 yard of fusible interfacing
*14 inch zipper
*Dressmaker pins
*Sewing machine

The First Steps...

1. Measure and cut two pieces of exterior fabric and two pieces of lining fabric into 14"x11" pieces.
2.  Cut a larger, 22"x17" piece of fabric.  This will be for your bow.
3. Cut a 5"x5" square.  This will be the knot of your bow.
4. Measure and cut two pieces of fusible interfacing to 14"x11"Adhere the interfacing to your two exterior fabric pieces.
5. Take your 22"x17" piece and fold in half width-wise with right sides together.  Press.  Stitch the long edge with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Press open seam and turn right-side out.  Center your seam.
6. Take your 5"x5" piece and fold in half with right sides together.  Stitch the long edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press open seam and turn right-side out.  Center your seam and with right side together, stitch another 1/4" seam on short side.  Turn right-side out.

Putting a bow on it...

7. Fold your sewn 22"x17" piece, accordion-style and slip through the knot piece, forming a bow as shown in the first photo.
8. Take your bow and pin it to one of your 14"x11" exterior pieces.  If your bow is too large, you can trim the ends to match your 14"x11" piece.  Stitch the raw edges of the bow to front of clutch using a 1/4" seam allowance.
9. Place the zipper face down along the top of your exterior piece.  Place a piece of your lining fabric, right side down on top of your exterior piece and zipper.
10.  Using a zipper foot, stitch the zipper to the lining and exterior piece using a 1/4" seam allowance.  
11.  Your lining, zipper, and exterior fabric should look like the last photo when you are finished stitching.
12. Repeat steps nine and ten for your remaining lining and exterior pieces.

The Finishing Touches...



13. Once the zipper has been attached to the top of your clutch, create a large rectangle by matching the right sides of your exterior fabric and right sides of your lining.  *Ensure that your zipper is unzipped before sewing or you will not be able to turn your clutch right-side out.*
14. Leave a six inch opening at the bottom of your lining.  Stitch a 1/2" seam allowance around your clutch, leaving the six inch opening.  Trim your seam allowances and clip corners.
15. Turn right-side out through the six inch opening in lining.  Slip stitch opening.

You're done!  I've made two clutches and I've been experimenting with different sizes.  I plan on using the blue clutch as an iPad case and the smaller one as a makeup bag.  Try experimenting with different fabrics and prints, too!

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