Our pretty little purse with its big, bold bow makes a dynamic fashion statement. And, the unique slip-through pleated band is a very clever way to clutch this clutch. Simply slide your hand behind the band and grab onto the bottom of the pouch to carry. It’s an exclusive pattern in our S4H Etsy Shop.
We used a sateen weight cotton with a strong horizontal motif for our sample, which we played up with a careful fussy cut across the front and within the pleated band. Sateen refers to the weave pattern of the cotton, using a one yarn under, three or four yarns over pattern. This gives it a slightly heavier feel than standard quilting cotton, a softer finish, and a bit of a sheen.
The finished look is perfect for an elegant evening bag, but this clutch would be just as fun as a casual bag. Change up the colors and fabric with neutrals for a classic look or brights for a free and easy vibe. Although we prefer the slightly heavier feel of sateen, you could certainly substitute standard quilting cotton without any construction drawbacks. Want even more elegance? Look for a sparkly zipper, like the silver metallic option we chose.
As an ePattern, our Elegant Slip-Through Bow Clutch includes instructions and photos to take you through each step of the construction, including how to add end tabs to your zipper for a perfect fit. No materials are included.
As with our site-based projects, there are additional links within the downloadable PDF pattern that take you to our in-depth, step-by-step tutorials for any specialty techniques, such as more about knife pleats and how to close up a seam with an invisible ladder stitch.
The pouch finishes at approximately 6½” high x 9½” wide.
As with just about everything these days, our project creation costs are rising, sourcing fabrics and notions is challenging, and competition for sponsorship dollars remains fierce. Keeping a small business alive and growing is difficult. We’re grateful to be able to explore other opportunities such as our Etsy Shop offerings, and we appreciate your support and confidence. Please know, our goal is always to keep virtually all of our site content free and the cost of our Etsy Shop patterns affordable.
The full Bow Clutch with Slip-Through Pleated Hand Hold is just $5.50, which is a fraction of the cost of most independent and commercial patterns.
There are two PDF files included in this $5.50 pattern purchase. As a digital download, we understand you are providing the paper and ink and so have included flexible printing alternatives. The first file contains all the steps plus all the full color instructional photos; it’s a great option for viewing on your computer or other digital device to fully understand the construction process. The second file is condensed to black and white with just the steps (no photos) to make printing even more efficient. Both files can be printed on either US Letter paper or A4 paper, using Adobe Acrobat Reader (a free program).
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