Bridal or Bridesmaid Clutch
Every brides wants the perfect way to say thank you to her bridesmaids. A bridesmaid's job can be expensive and time consuming.....of course it is a friends pleasure to do so. But she should definitely receive a thoughtful thank you for her efforts. This tutorial is a great way to say a big and personal thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. Making an extra clutch for the bride to match the bridal party it will be super cute!
Things you will need:
- Felt - $2 a Yard
- Pearl Button - $1 for 4
- 4” Wide Lace Trim - $0.40 a Yard
- Satin Fabric - $5 a Yard
- Need less than a ¼ yard for this project.
Things from around the house:
- Sewing Pins
- Needle and Thread
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Sizzix Flower Petal Die Cutter
- Sewing Machine
- Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine
Step 1: Optional
I used my Brother SE400 Embroidery Sewing Machine to embroider a heart with the words “thank you” for inside your clutch. The heart is a cute way of saying thank you to your bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom. If you don't have an embroidery machine you can always use iron on letters and iron them onto the heart.
Cut out a 8 ½” x 11” sheet of felt and wrap the lace trim around one end of the felt. My lace trim was a little over 4” wide and was perfect for the dimensions of this clutch. After you completely wrap the lace around the felt, fold the lace edge under itself and pin it down so there are no loose edges. Sew all the edges of the lace down with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread.
Where you just sewed the lace down and have the seam of the lace is where you should now fold the lace and felt assembly down on itself to create a 3” pocket and pin it down. On the other side of the felt layout the lace trim with the scalloped edge hanging over the felt edge. But this time only pin the lace on one side and let the rest of the lace hang over one edge. Take your satin heart and pin it down on the lace. This will be the inside face of the clutch. Using a sewing machine or needle and thread to sew the edges of the pocket and sew down the lace and the heart. Once everything is sewn down take the excess lace and wrap it in the front of the clutch. Now pin it down and again fold the edge of the lace on itself to create a nice seam. Sew all of the loose edges of the lace down with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread.
At that this point you have a beautiful lace clutch but if you want to do add a little something extra follow the next steps.
I used my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut felt and lace petals to cover the front of my clutch. You don't need to have a die cutter to cut the petals but it is obviously much faster to use one. The alternative is to use the DSMeeBee Rose Petal Template to cut out the petals out with scissors. Cut about 30 large felt petals, 15 large lace petals, 6 small felt petals, and 6 small lace petals. After you have cut your petals out set them aside.
Cut a 7”x3 ½” strip of felt for the front of the clutch and layout the petals as you want them to be. I used layers of 4 petals alternating felt and felt with lace petals to create layered flower effect. After laying out each layer of petals I then sewed down that row and then mirrored it on the other side. At the end using a needle and thread sew down the small petals to create a small flower in the middle. In the center of that small flower sew down a button.
Using a sewing machine or needle and thread attach the strip of felt with the petals sewed down onto it and sew that down on the front of the clutch.
Now you have beautiful, handmade, and personalized clutches for your bridal party! Let your bridal party know how much you love them and how thankful you are for all of their help! These clutches are also awesome because you can fill them with small gifts such as jewelry and give them to your bridal party at your rehearsal dinner. What a lovely and thoughtful gift to show your gratitude!