Today I’m excited to share with you a “revamp” of one of our most popular sewing tutorials. This Big Bow Clutch tutorial was created several years ago, and I’m happy to say that I’ve made quite a few of them over the years to give as handmade gifts. Keep reading to find out how to make this DIY Clutch! If you like this project then you may also like this Fat Quarter Zip Pouch Sewing Tutorial.
Do you guys remember when you used to wear a “bonnet” to church on Easter Sunday? I do, I think I’ve got a photo of myself wearing one somewhere. If I recall correctly mine was white with a bright blue ribbon.
I know that I looked forward every year to wearing that Easter bonnet. It seems that wearing hats to church on Easter Sunday has gone a bit out of style. My oldest daughter is in her early 20’s and wore a hat at least once or twice during her early days. I kinda wish it was still a tradition!
I created this clutch for my booth at quilt market to showcase my Derby Day fabrics. The fabric print on the clutch was inspired by my grandma’s collection of hats. She was so stylish and always wore a fabulous hat!
As I was thinking about this hat print this week, I was reminded that those little hats would work just as well for an Easter project! A flashback to Easter bonnets from another time.
If you’re looking for a simple DIY clutch to take with you to services on Easter Sunday then you might just love today’s project.
Since the hat print from the line features a bit of Rose Gold metallic ink, I thought it would pair well with this fun rose gold stripe fabric.
If you’d like to make your own Bow Clutch just follow the directions below.
Supplies for Big Bow DIY Clutch Pattern:
To make it you’ll need (click the links to buy the exact supplies to make the clutch, affiliate links may be included)
2 pieces of fabric 8” x 12” for clutch outside – Riley Blake Derby Day Fabrics- Haberdashery Print in Pink
2 piece of fabric 8” x 12” for clutch lining
One 12” or 14″ zipper – Hot Pink – from ZipIt on Etsy
9” x 14” Fabric for the bow –Riley Blake Rose Gold Stripe
3” x 5” Fabric Piece for the bow center
2 pieces of fusible fleece cut to 8” x 12” – Pellon Fusible Fleece
2 pieces of Shape Flex interfacing cut to 8″ x 12″Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex Woven Fusible Interfacing White
Fabric Clutch Construction Step 1:
Fold under the raw edge of the long side of the bow piece a scant ¼’’
Fold over again. Press in place and stitch along the fold.
Repeat for another long side of the bow piece.
Fold the 3’’ x 5’’ stripe piece of fabric in half lengthwise. Stitch with a ¼’’ seam.
Turn right side out and press so that the seam is in the center.
Find the center of the bow piece. Mark it. Gather the bow loosely and wrap the sewn bow center piece around the bow.
Pin in the back. You’ll have an opportunity to make the bow “pretty” at the end.
Fabric Clutch Construction Step 2:
Apply the Shape Flex Interfacing to the wrong side of the two clutch outside pieces. Apply the Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the two clutch lining pieces.
Pin the bow to one of the clutch outside pieces. The bow corners will be folded under and ½” in from the top and bottom of the clutch piece. The bow will be bigger than the clutch at the centers.
Stitch with the bow facing the feed dogs of the sewing machine using a basting stitch close to the edge of the clutch piece.
Trim the bow flush with the edges of the clutch
Fabric Clutch Construction Step 3:
Pin the right side of your zipper to the right side of the clutch top. The raw edge of the zipper even with the raw edge of the clutch.
The zipper will be longer than the clutch- that’s okay. Pin it so that the start of the zipper is even with the edge of the clutch.
Trim off the excess zipper. Press the seams of the clutch away from the zipper.
Top stitch along both sides of the zipper with your zipper foot.
Unzip the zipper ¾ of the way. NOT ALL THE WAY!
Pin the clutch front pieces together right sides facing, Pin the clutch lining pieces together right sides facing. Fold the zipper towards the clutch lining. With a ½” seam allowance stitch around the entire clutch leaving a 4’’ opening in the bottom of the lining piece.
Trim off all 4 corners of the clutch.
Trim the seam allowance of the lining sections of the clutch down to 1/8”. Turn right side out and press.
Hand or machine stitch the opening in the lining closed. Arrange the bow on the front so that you like how it looks and hand stitch the bow center in place.
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