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I have been making and sewing since I can remember & have also worked as an accessory designer & pattern maker for a number of years.

I love hand-made but don't believe it should equal messy or ...

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Bow Clutch Purse

from constructivism
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Bow Clutch Purse
Bow Clutch Purse front in linen
Bow Clutch Purse bow un-tied
Bow Clutch Purse front in heavy satin
Bow Clutch Purse from above

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • use zipper foot
  • fuse interfacing
  • make pleats
  • stitch at various seam allowances
  • trim seams

Pattern Description:

I wanted to design a clutch that had the excitement of a perfectly wrapped gift! A structured, zipped clutch where the bow is not "stuck on", instead it's integrated into the body of the front panel which gathers up to form the bow.

You can lengthen or shorten the length of the bow as desired..

My step-by-step instructions include loads of clear photos & diagrams. All measurements are quoted in both metric & inches.

Take a look at some of the clutches my customers have made on my Facebook page

If you wish add an interesting zip pull (such as the tassel pictured), I have posted some free tutorials on my blog:

This design would suit wide variety of fabrics, including light-weight fabrics as the exterior fabric is re-inforced with fusible interfacing. Duchess satin, cotton, denim, silks, brocade, lurex etc etc.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approx. 29cm (11 1/2") long x 14 cm (51/2") wide x 5cm (1 3/4") depth at the base


  • Fabric for the clutch exterior 60 cm (24") length
  • Fabric for lining: 20cm (8") length
  • Pellon ShapeFlex Woven Fusible #SF-101 or Vilene Woven fusible G700. If 90cm (35 1/2") wide you will need 40cm (16") length; if 51cm (20") wide, you will need 70cm (27 1/2")length.
  • "Vilene Extra-Heavy Sew-in" 20cm/8" length or "Pellon Peltex 70 Sew-in Ultra firm" 30cm/12" length
  • Half metre (1 yard) of Fusible Hemming Tape
  • sewing machine with zig-zag stitch & zipper foot
  • iron
  • tailors chalk
  • pins
  • scalpel and cutting board

You Will Also Need:

  • Nylon or metal zipper with 4-6mm (1/4") width teeth, at least 30cm/12" long
  • Something to tie or attach to your zip puller, eg. ribbon or leather strip

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