Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pretty Bow Clutches

It rained most of last weekend, so it was the perfect excuse for a guilt-free sewing spree! And when I saw this amazing sewing tutorial for a super chic bow clutch from Whitney over at elmstreetlife I knew I had to make one... okay, maybe more than one, maybe more like FIVE!

I started out with just two, made out of some of my original Spoonflower fabrics I had left over from other projects. 

"Houndstooth" fabric available here.
(I opted for the cotton-linen canvas)

"Soft Ikat" fabric available here.
(again, I opted for the cotton-linen canvas)

The next day I brought them into work to show the girls, and after hearing them ooh and ahh I decided I needed to make some more and experiment with some different types of fabric. So I went home and whipped three more up that night... 

Duck/canvas exterior/Kona cotton lining

Small wale corduroy exterior/Spoonflower Kona cotton lining
"Ikat Damask - Gray Skies" available here.

Silk Dupioni exterior/Spoonflower Kona cotton lining
(This would be fab with a solid satin lining too)
"Soft Ikat" available here.

I think the corduroy version is my favorite, it's soft and kinda' slouchy, but still chic. Of course I love that robin's egg blue color, so that might be swaying me a bit too. The silk dupioni would be perfect as a wedding or bridal party accessory, maybe with a solid satin lining that matched the bride's colors? 

I still have a few variations I'd like to make. One friend suggested it would be really nice made out of leather.... leather! Of course, maybe with some added hardware where the strap connects. I've never really sewn with leather, but I think it's about time.

What's your favorite?


  1. Very pretty!! I really like the polka dot and the houndstooth ones.

    1. Thanks Tammy! I wondered if the houndstooth one might turn out a bit Willy Wonka-esque, but I think it ended up being simply whimsical.

  2. I had the same experience with this great tutorial...they are like M&M's - you have to have a handful at a time. Yours are all fabulous! I just picked up some suedecloth and am anxious to see how they will look made up into these bags.

  3. Thanks Sharon! And Amy, I bet suede cloth is going to look great as one of these bags, send a link or a photo if you do, I'd love to see it!

  4. They are fabulous, would have to do enni meeni to pick a favourite!

  5. Wow I really love your versions of this clutch you have the best fabric choices! I had seen this a couple of times but seeing your really inspires to create your own version! Love love love!!!


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