Hey everyone, 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 pre-cut 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 the cutest embroidered clutch with pom pom trim just in time for summer.
With some simple hand stitch embroidery, you can add your own colorful details to the bike print, while the pom pom trim brings a fun summery feel to the clutch. Follow along below for the picture heavy sewing tutorial.
- 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.
Continue stitching until you have the entire bike frame covered in your embroidery floss. Next, switch up your colors to add flowers to the bike basket and streamers to the handles.
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.
Now that all your pieces are prepped, start by sewing on the pom pom trim about 1/4" in from the edge of the bike fabric.
Next, pin your zipper on as seen above and stitch the first side of the zipper onto the bike fabric.
Add one piece of your lining fabric on top of the sewn-on zipper and sew it on. This will create a sandwich of bike fabric, zipper, and lining.
Now, flip your lining fabric behind the bike fabric, so that the zipper stands up and top stitch to secure the lining in place.
Repeat by zipping the zipper closed and pinning the other side of the zipper to the back fabric and sew in place.
Next, sew on your lining, flip it over and top stitch in place.
Flip your two pieces of exterior fabric so that they are touching each other with right sides together, and the two pieces of lining are touching each other with right sides together.
Sew the bag pieces together, leaving a 5" gap in the lining.
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).
Whew! Congrats on making it to the finish! You've completed your very own embroidered bike clutch just in time for some summer fun! You are awesome! And if this seams (ha! See what I did there?) like too much work, you can always use plain printed fabric in place of the embroidered bike fabric to make your own large clutch using the method above.
Special thanks for Joann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this blog post and giving me the means to create awesome crafts and DIY's for you!