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Stitch and punch a gorgeous bow clutch!

I'm far too camera shy to be a full-time fashion blogger but when the Pick Your DIY girls asked me to take part in their Spring/Summer 2013 collaboration, I jumped at the chance. Seven DIY bloggers took part, pulling inspiration from Pinterest to craft the most liked & repined ideas. My challenge was this gorgeous bow clutch from Ruche, which I knew would be a piece of cake thanks to my trusty Crop-A-Dile.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your materials and begin by drawing out the measurements on the wrong side of your faux leather. The bag should measure 10.4" wide by 24" tall, leaving a half inch seam allowance at the edges.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut this out. You'll notice that the bag is made from one long tall strip which we'll fold over multiple times.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now cut a slightly larger rectangle of lining fabric and another of fusible interfacing.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Iron the interfacing on to the wrong side of your lining fabric, to give the bag a little more strength.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pin the lining fabric on top of your faux leather, wrong sides facing out and sew around the edges with your sewing machine, remembering your half inch seam allowance...

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 6
    Step 6

    and leave a small gap unstitched at the top edge.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold your bag inside out and hand stitch the small opening closed.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the bottom of the bag up by 6" and pin at either side.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew along both sides, and fold your bag inside out.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut two more strips of faux leather measuring 2" x 6".

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place on top of each other and neatly sew around the edges.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now here's a fun part. Grab your leather punch or hole punch and start punching a pattern in to the strap.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 13
    Step 13

    I punched one large hole in the middle with six smaller holes around the outside, to resemble flowers.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 14
    Step 14

    Keep punching until your satisfied with the design.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fold the top flap of the bag down and place the punched strap in the middle at the top of the bag. Pinch the fabric so that the end of the strap fits neatly in to a fold at the top of the bag and pin in place.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 16
    Step 16

    Stitch the strap in place.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now it's time to make our bow. Your clutch should look like this currently.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 18
    Step 18

    Starting at the bottom, evenly fold the bag up. Folding three or four times until it creates a pretty bow at the top of the bag. This might take a few attempts until you find a look you like but pin in place when you're happy with it.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 19
    Step 19

    Sew a small line along the bottom of the bow to hold the frills in place.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 20
    Step 20

    Fold the flap around the center of the bow and stitch in place, underneath the flap.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 21
    Step 21

    Optional: If you'd like to attach a handbag chain to your clutch, stitch to small strips of leather at either side of the bag, underneath the flap.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 22
    Step 22

    Finish the bag off by punching a line of small holes around the edges of the bow.

  • How to sew a bow clutch. Bow Clutch - Step 23
    Step 23

    Congratulations, you're all finished! Now take your new clutch out to a party and celebrate.

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Batiste
Batiste · Austin, Texas, US
This is really cute!!!!!!!!! I don't have a hole punch like you do, though, so I'll have to think of another way to trim the edges and the strap. Hmmmm.....
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Cupcake_Warrior =)
Cupcake_Warrior =) · 82 projects
This. Is. Amazing!!! I have to pick up some fake leather and give it a whirl Happy
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1427 projects
Aww thank you!
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