We’ve teamed up with the folks at Cotton to show you how to sew this charming tasseled clutch that your ladies in waiting can tote day-of *and* well after the festivities subside.
Be sure to pack the pouch with all the essentials your gals will need throughout the day, such as bobby pins, nail polish, bandages, lip gloss, aspirin, breath mints and tissues. Now, onto the DIY!
Cotton fabric is super easy to sew with and care for, as well as majorly versatile. Also it comes in every print and color under the sun, so it was a cinch to find unique fabrics that match.
Use a 10-inch diameter round plate to trace a circle onto your patterned and solid fabric.
Cut out each circle.
Then cut each circle in half.
Start by attaching the outer and inner layers to the zipper. Lay one half-circle of the patterned fabric face up. Set the zipper along the very top edge of this fabric, then top with the solid fabric.
Pin into place. Carefully sew about ¼ inch away from the edge to fasten the zipper to both fabrics.
When you’re done, it should look like this.
To fasten the other side to the zipper, stack a half-circle of patterned fabric face up, your sewn pieces with the patterned piece face down, then another half-circle of the solid lining fabric.
Pin into place. Again, carefully sew about ¼ inch away from the edge.
When complete, it should look like this. Before the next step, move your zipper head to the middle of the fabric. (This step is VIP!)
Use the round plate to create a line about ¼ in from the edge of the patterned pieces of fabric. This line is the final shape of your clutch, so be sure that the two sides of the circle match up.
Once you’ve drawn these sewing lines, pin the matching fabrics together.
Sew along the lines you created. Be sure to leave about four inches open in the center of the lining — you’ll see why soon!
Once you’ve removed the pins, reach your hand into the opening.
Then pull the opposite side of the circle through.
Turn the fabric completely inside out.
Seal the opening in your liner, then trim the fabric as needed.
Tuck your lining into the clutch.
Zip it closed. Now onto the tassel! To make these clutches a bit more on trend, I added a gigantic embroidery thread tassel to the zipper.
Tassels are also a neat way to customize each clutch for each gal — opt for a color story that works with each bridesmaid’s dress.
Wrap each full skein of embroidery thread around the base of your fingers. Carefully remove from your hand and set aside.
Cut a piece of embroidery thread about 10 inches long, and tie the center to your clutch’s zipper with a sturdy double knot about ½ inch away from the zipper head.
Then tie the big bundle of thread to this with another double knot.
Pull the entire loop away from the zipper, then wrap another 10-inch piece of thread around the entire cluster to create a tassel head.
Trim off the bottom of the tassel to your preference.
TA-DA! That’s a mighty fine-lookin’ clutch, if I do say so myself.
Fill ‘er up with the day’s essentials before gifting to your squad — breath mints, lip gloss, nail polish, bobby pins, even aspirin. They’ll definitely be grateful.
Done, son! A simple, sweet and custom clutch for your bestie bridesmaids.