Hey everyone! It’s Kara from A Kailo Chic Life and I’m excited to share this fun summer clutch tutorial with you today! Square by Design at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores is a line of precut and edged fabric with a woven design in the center. They are perfect for many types of sewing projects including pillows and tote bags. Today, I wanted to share how to turn their black and white bicycle print into an embroidered clutch.
I was able to add my own dashes of color and detail to the bike with some simple hand-stitched embroidery. The pom pom trim brings a fun, summery vibe to the clutch.
• One piece of Square by Design fabric in the Bicycle print
• Embroidery floss in your choice of colors (I used 3 pieces for the main mint color of the bike, and one piece of each other color)
• Large embroidery needle
• Pom pom trim
• 1/4 yard Coordinating back fabric (I used an orange bottom weight)
• 18″ white zipper
• 1/4 yard plain duck canvas
• 1 yard Heat N Bond Lite
• 1/4 yard lining (I used a quilting weight cotton)
• Scissors, sewing machine, pins
Begin by threading your hand sewing needle with a single length of floss. Tie one end around the needle eye and put a knot in the bottom of the floss piece. Start at the back of the fabric and push your needle through to begin stitching around the main frame of the bike.
Once you’ve finished embroidering the bike, it’s time to make your clutch. You’ll want to cut a rectangle with rounded corners out of the bike fabric, leaving about 1-2″ around the main bike image. Use this piece as the pattern and cut out one piece of the back fabric, two pieces of canvas, two pieces of lining, and 2 pieces of Heat N Bond.
Prep your pattern pieces by ironing the Heat N Bond onto the canvas according to the directions that come with it. Once the Heat N Bond is cooled, remove the paper backing. Iron the bike print with the front facing out onto the canvas so that the Heat N Bond glue is sandwiched between the two fabrics (Canvas and bike fabric). Repeat with the second piece of canvas and the back fabric.
The last step is to simply turn the bag right-side-out through the hole in the lining and then top stitch the hole closed. Iron the bag flat and add a tassel for some “sassle” (okay that may not be a real word).