Special Occasion Clutch Bag Pattern

Special occasion clutch bag

Special occasion clutch bag

I made this special occasion clutch bag as I have another wedding on the horizon.  My plan is to make this butterfly bow bag to match my outfit.  It’s my second son Tom, who is getting married in September.

I have used silk so that I can use both sides of the fabric.  It could just as easily be made with any fabric that matches your outfit.  I would recommend something soft, maybe silk or organza, for the bow.  The bag measures about 10″ wide by 7″ high.

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Cutting requirements for the special occasion clutch bag

Rectangle 21″ by 10″:  one in top fabric, one in lining fabric, one in wadding

Rectangle 7″ by 10″ for the bow

Square 7″ for the tie on the bow

Butterfly.

Make the body of the bag

Lay the wadding down first, then the lining fabric (pink) with right side up followed by the top fabric (blue) with right side down.

Cut curves at one end

Cut curves at one end

At one end of the rectangle, mark a curve with a plate or something and then cut the two curves in all three layers.

Hem the sides

Hem the sides

For the bow you need a rectangle in contrasting fabric.  I have used the back of the silk, so that I am using the blue side for the body of the bag and the green side for the bow.  Turn under a small double hem on both the long edges of this rectangle.

I have used a rectangle 10″ wide, but if you wanted a fuller bow you could use an 11″ rectangle, leaving some fullness for the bow.

Place the bow fabric on the top bag section

Place the bow fabric on the top bag section

Place this rectangle on the right side of the top fabric as near to the curved corners as you can.

Flip the top fabric and place it back  on the lining fabric.  You now have wadding, lining fabric, bow rectangle, top fabric.

Leave a gap

Leave a gap

Sew 1/4″ from the edge around three and a half sides, leaving a gap on the edge opposite the curves for you to turn the bag right side out.

Clip around the curved edge

Clip around the curved edge

Before you turn the bag, though, trim the seam allowance anywhere it looks bulky, clip across the straight corners and clip towards the seam around the curved end.

Turn the bag right side out

Turn the bag right side out

Now you can turn the project right side out through that gap.  Pin the edges to make sure that the seam is right on the edge and you can’t see the lining fabric from the top.  Turn under a small hem across the gap so that you can close that as well.  Stitch all round the edge about 1/4″ in from the seam.

Fold the square in half

Fold the square in half

Make the bow

Fold the 7″ square in half with right sides together and sew the seam.

Turn this tube right side out and press it flat with the seam in the middle.

Slip the tie behind the bow section

Slip the tie behind the bow section

Slip this tube behind the bow section of the bag with the seam uppermost.  The seam will then be hidden when you pull the ends together to make a circle.

Pull the ends of the tube together

Pull the ends of the tube together

Take each end of the tube and pull them together over the top of the bow section, gathering it.

Turn under a small hem on one end of the tube and push the other end inside the hemmed end.  Slipstitch in place.  It doesn’t matter if the join isn’t quite straight (mine wasn’t) because this join will be hidden beneath the bow.

Add a butterfly

Add a butterfly

Ease the tie section around so that the join is at the back, well hidden by the bow.  At this stage you can add an embellishment of some sort on the tie.  I have used an applique butterfly that matches the fabric.

Sew the sides

Sew the sides

Finish the special occasion bag

It just remains now to fold the project and make it into a clutch bag.

Fold the rectangular end of the project up 7″ from the end.  This creates the pouch of the bag.  Sew down the sides.  I used double thickness thread to do this bit.  Fold down the curved top end of the bag to complete your special occasion bag.  You can carry the bag by slipping your hand beneath the bow so that the bow lies around your wrist.

Here’s the video:

Crooked House pub

Crooked House pub

Recently I visited a most unusual pub.  It’s called the Crooked House and I had heard it about many times in the past.  It’s in the Dudley area and one side is about 4 feet lower than the other end.  It was a farmhouse originally and the subsidence was caused by mining in the area.

I was standing upright here

I was standing upright here

It’s a really weird feeling to walk towards it – you feel as though it’s you rather than the building that’s at an angle.  I am assured that the building has been shored up and is totally safe.

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  1. Kathy Betty says:

    Hi, Rose! Great idea for a small hand bag. I’m glad you made it to the U.S., at least part of it. It’s the closest part to you over in England. I live on the other side of the U.S. in northern California about 1hr and 30 minutes north of the capitol, Sacramento!! It’s getting hot here so hopefully you were cooler in N.Y. area. 🙂 I’ve ordered products from you and have enjoyed making them. Have a good weekend and week ahead!!

    Kathy

    • Hi Kathy. I loved my time in New York. We also visited Washington which was very hot – I don’t know how that would compare with Sacramento for weather. Glad you were pleased with what you bought from the website.

    • Pamela Higham says:

      Your photo of the Crooked House triggered a memory……about 50 years ago,when I was a Student Teacher at college in Dudley, a group of us had heard about this quirky pub where ” a ball can roll uphill”! It did too!

      • Hi Pamela. That’s a great image – it really is a most unusual pub. I had heard about it for years before I finally went there to visit.

  2. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    The clutch bag looks very nice. Great that you can even wear it on your wrist. I don’t really need one yet but it is always good to know how.
    Did you feel drunk walking into that pub? Do the tables slide down the floor or are they bolted down? Must get a strange feeling.
    Glad you had a good time in America. What a world traveler you are!
    Have a great weekend And Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I certainly felt drunk as I approached the pub – I felt as though I was standing at an angle and tried to stand up straight although it was the building that was at an angle. I never thought to look and see if the tables were bolted down. You certainly had to hold on to your drink to avoid it sliding across the table!

  3. Sue Wolfe Craighead says:

    Hi Rose. So happy you crossed the pond to visit the US. I hope you had a great time and that we were welcoming and hospitable.
    I like your clutch pattern and will use it to make a special bag for my daughter. I think I will use a piece of vintage jewelry on hers instead of the butterfly, to glam it up a bit more. The bag is so pretty that I know she is going to be very happy with it.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Sue

    • Hi Sue. It was a wonderful holiday. We managed to take in New York, Philadelphia and Washington – and yes we found the Americans to be unfailingly friendly and enormously helpful. Plenty of photos to start sharing with you next week. I’m sure your daughter will love the bag – putting a piece of vintage jewellery on it is a great idea.

  4. Glad that you enjoyed your trip. Jet lag though is no fun. Like the bag and the color combination. My great niece is also getting married in September. Bad feet so I’ll have to find a comfortable pair of dancing shoes or better yet, bring my sneakers.

    • Hi Claire. I managed to sleep on the plane last night coming home so I’m hoping that I may get a decent night’s sleep tonight. Like you, I have a problem with shoes for special occasions. I end up feeling exhausted after a short time if I wear uncomfortable shoes. I’ll have to hunt really hard for shoes for Tom and Anna’s wedding.

  5. Christine Southgate says:

    What a lovely pattern Rose. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Lovely Rose. Thanks for sharing this with me.

  7. Madeline Brown says:

    Lovely bag. Thank you Rose!

  8. Mary Lange says:

    Hi Rose..Mary from USA here..lovely bag..hope your trip to the states was fun..

    • Thanks, Mary. My trip was wonderful and I have loads of photos to sort through so that I can show you some of them next week.