bow clutch tutorial…

bow clutch tutorial

I have a really fun and easy sewing project I wanted to share with you.
it’s a bow clutch tutorial
it only takes a small amount of fabric and basic sewing skillz!
nothing fancy around these parts!

bow clutch supplies

supplies needed:
scissors/rotary blade
3 fabrics
sewing machine
fusible interfacing
button (optional)

what to cut from fabric:

cut 1 lining fabric: 15 x 11
cut 1 exterior fabric: 15 x 11
cut 1 exterior fabric: 2 x 4
cut 1 exterior fabric 2 x 12
cut 1 bow fabric color: 14 x 10
(interface the back of all pieces)
I use a 1/4 ” seam allowance

blow clutch main faric(exterior and lining fabric cut to size)

bow clutch interfacing(i like to leave a 1/4″ border around my fabric that does not have interfacing, personal preference, not important!)

take your bow fabric and place right sides together length wise
sew along long edge

bow clutch bow right side together

iron the seam open
bow clutch open seams

you have created a tube, turn it right side out, iron flat with seam in back.
find the center of your tube and pinch it together. place a pin to hold in place
bow clutch pin bow

sew a line down the center where you pinched
bow clutch sew bow center

now we are going to make the center fabric for your bow.
take your 2 x 4 piece of fabric. sew right sides together, just like you did for the bow
iron seam open
now for the tricky part, turning the tube right side out
since it’s so narrow, it can be hard to do this with your finger
I recommend using a safety pin for this part.
follow the steps below for turning with a safety pin…
bow clutch turning tube collage

once it’s turned iron it flat
with the seam facing up lay your tube flat on the table
now take your bow, seam side facing up, and place it on the center of the tube
wrap the tube around the bow, pin in place
bow clutch bow

sew along each outer edge of the center fabric to secure it to your bow
bow clutch sew
blow clutch double stitch

now pin your completed bow to top of your exterior fabric
bow clutch pin bow ext

sew close to the outer edges of the bow (no need to back stitch)
sew down the center of the bow (back stitch here)
bow clutch sew in place

take your lining fabric and exterior fabric and pin rights sides together.
bow cluthc pin right sides together

you are going to sew all 4 sides
make sure to leave a 3-4 inch opening on the side opposite of the bow
this is for turning the clutch right side out.
bow clutch leave opening

clip corners
bow clutch clip corner

turn fabric right side out
push out corners
and iron flat
make sure to tuck open fabric in and iron nice
bow clutch flip and iron

the end that has the opening we are going to top stitch closedbow clutch top stitch

we are almost done friends..
we are going to make your wrist-let strap now
you will take your 2 x 12 fabric and follow the instructions for the bow center fabric
expect once it’s flipped and ironed
you will top stitch the fill length of on each side of the strap
bow clutch double top stitch

fold your main body to look like a clutch adjusting where the fold will be
once you have it how you like
pin the handle in place
then pin the opposite side to prevent it from moving while sewing
follow the arrows below to see where to sew
you want to make sure to sew the handle in well.
I back over it a few times, even zig zag stitch over it sometimes.
bow clutch sew pocket

you could be finished here
bow clutch finished option 1

but your clutch may open and spill all your contents!
i recommend adding a button closure
find the placement of where your button will fit best and sew it in place. (make sure not to sew your pocket shut!)
bow clutch sew button
now sew a button hole on the top on the under the center of the bow
if you are like me and button wholes scare you
i have a cheater way to do it
using your smallest zig zag stitch make a line a little long then the length of your button
go back and forth over this like 5-6 times
with your needle in the fabric turn it 90 degrees and make a small little line going over it 5-6 time again
continue until you have created a square
now use your seam ripper or an exacto knife to scissors if you must
and cut down the center of your square
a perfect button hole!

bow cluthc close up

bow clutch finished

I can not wait to see your version
please let me know if you have any questions

© 2013, Chrissy@thePearlblog This post may contain affiliate links. Purchasing through them will help support this blog.. All rights reserved.

About Chrissy@thePEARLblog

Sinner turned saint. Lover of Jesus. DIY crafter. Mom of 3. Blogger. Friend. married to her high school sweetheart. I blogs to share about the things I love. My hope is that my love for crafting, Jesus, family, and food will inspire you to try something new. If you enjoy what you read, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!


  1. Looooove the bow! So cute!

share your thoughts...