Saturday, August 6, 2011

evening clutch - the tute

Thank you for all the kind comments about 
that I showed yesterday!!

As promised, here's the tutorial:

... but first, could you please go and click the "like' button on the Facebook contest... 
- "like" the Wholeport FB page 
- and then click  this link of the Creativity Expo and like my picture... easy as that! ♥ thank you! 

I used few pieces of scraps satin leftover from a tablecloth that I made about... 20 years ago ?!
(time flies when you're having fun, ahaha!!)
What is wrong with me that this pieces of leftovers where still in my stash?
You never know - that's my motto ;)  

--> Measurements & supplies:

(Because I used the United Airlines pouch as a liner, I had to cut the fabric for my clutch based on its measurements, also the fabric I used is pretty thick and didn't need any backing)

- for the base clutch:
  1 rectangular  8-1/2" x 11-1/2"
- for the bow:
  2 rectangular 5-1/2" x 14-1/4"
  1 rectangular 5" x 11" (can be much shorter than 11", but I cut it that long and chopped off at the end)
  1 odd shaped pointed (see picture)

--> How to:

* for the first row of the rosette trim, pin and sew the tulle part of the trim to the top edge of the fabric and cut it at the end of the fabric
* for all the next rows: lay the next row of trim with the rosettes on top of the previous row front part over front, pin and sew on the edge of the rosettes (so you won't have much gap between each rows of trim)
* once you have sewn the last tulle edge, fold inside out and sew only one side of the 'soon to be' clutch

--> Now, the bow

* sew the two rectangular pieces with only on the longer sides and turn right side out and press
* fold both flaps leaving a gap in the middle (so you won't have too much bulk) a sew with a long stitch, just to keep it in place
* with the part that doesn't have the gap, make some "accordion like folds" and hand stitch few stitches to keep it from unfold
* fold in half the odd shaped 'arrow' piece of fabric, leaving the smallest part open, cut the two corners and turn right side out, pushing the corners out as much as you can to have a nice pointy tie looking thingy
* make a fold in the middle, placing your bow-to-be on top to make sure of the length you want to have for this tie piece, once you're happy, give it few stitches to keep it in place, cut off the extra fabric, and stitch it also to the back of the 'accordion'
* the 5"x11" rectangular piece needs to be folded as in the last picture, and pressed, once done the width is 1-3/4"
* now, wrap around the accordion the piece with the folds, and keep it as tight as possible, pin and give it few stitches in the back to secure it to the rest of the bow

--> Finishing the clutch

For some reasons, some pictures got deleted and you have to bare with me and work your imagination :( sorry about that... this is the result of making things late at night :(

* place your bow next to the clutch, and see where the long extras of the folded part in the middle should be, make a sign
* sew the other side of the clutch (always inside out, don't forget that!! ah!!) leaving the 1-3/4" opening where you want the bow to "stick inside"
* place and pin tightly the bow inside the opening and sew it slowly (there should be a lot of bulkiness, so be kind to your sewing machine!!)
* cut the excess and flip the clutch right sides out!!

...almost done!

Slip inside the United airlines pouch and hand sew it around the zipper ( I placed the zipper puller in a way that, when it's closed, will hide behind the bow)

You're right! the zipper of that pouch is lime green! Not what i wanted for my evening-chic-fancy clutch!
Just look in your make-up cabinet, and i'm sure you'll find a good matching nail polish!!!
Paint over the zipper edge, and the plastic parts, and move the zipper up and down while it's drying !
I LOVE DIY and figure out at midnight how to have a quick fix!!! 

Anyway, it's finished and fit all the "party essentials" :) 

Thanks for stopping by and try to understand my mumbo-jumbo crafting lingo, I hope that my tutorial was not too confusing !

xox, d.

will *<:) party here!


  1. This is such a gorgeous little purse!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  2. Beautiful! i love it. i love the nail polish trick.

  3. I have that same trim in black leftover in my stash and now I know just what to do with it! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from nifty thrifty things and am your newest follower:)

  4. Just gorgeous - and I have the same trim YAY!!! :D

    Sadie x

  5. I feel left out!! I do NOT have that trim! lol. But I will be on the hunt for it now! :)
    The clutch is gorgeous Donatella! I love it!

  6. I'm not sure that I have a lot of use for an evening clutch right now (with 2 littlies in the house), but should I want one - this one is great! :) Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to be on the look out for some of that lace trim anyway! :)

  7. What a beautiful clutch! Love the flowers. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  9. Cute and crafty as always Donatella. The flowers are super. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  10. This is just beautiful and a bag one could pay a fortune for in stores! I would love for you to link up your post at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

    I am a new follower!

  11. I'm a girl who can appreciate a good handbag and yours is da bomb! Nail polish---too clever!
    Rikka J.
    Ricochet and Away!
    handbags and more....

  12. Way way way cute!!! LOVE the colors and textures of the fabric :) Visiting from Craft O Maniac :)


  13. Oh my!! I love that trim!! Good use for it!

  14. That is so cute! I love the flower ribbon you used!

  15. This is so stinkin' cute! I'd love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! :)

  16. What a gorgeous little clutch!! Great tutorial too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. It's fantastic! And such a nice color...

  18. This turned out great! I love how fun it turned out. I would love it if you would link this to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  19. Turned out really good! I love the nail polish touch haha! Love everything about this clutch!

    Come link and party at my woot woot wednesdays @

  20. beautiful! wonderful! fabulous!
    (can you tell i like this)

  21. Darling. I will be featuring this today at

  22. This is just too cute... I love it.

    P.S. I save all scraps as well :)

  23. I'm so glad you linked this up to Think Pink Sundays - I featured you today in my Crush of the Week post! :)

  24. This is absolutely stunning! I featured your clutch on my blog!

  25. I can wait to try it out!!!! love it

    1. feel free to ask question if things aren't too clear!
      hope you'll like it, i get tons of compliments every time I show it off :)


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