How to Make a Clutch Purse with Garland

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Have you ever wanted to make a fun little clutch that you can whip up quickly, but looks amazing?  If so, you are in the right place.

Clutch Sewing Tutorial

In the picture above here, you can clearly see that I am ready for a night out with my hubby.  I’ve got my cute little clutch in hand, my skinny jeans on, and my new red leather ballet flats on (that I made from my Ballet Flats Sewing Pattern).  It’s a good day!

Let keep things simple.  Click on the orange link button below to download the free pdf sewing pattern to make your own Two-Tone Clutch.

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Here’s what you’ll need for this project.

Materials List

Now that you’ve downloaded the pattern and gathered up your materials.  Let’s get started!

Cut out your fabrics


So at this point you should have cut out: 2 top front accent fabric pieces (polka dot fabric), 1 lining strap closure, 1 exterior strap closure, 2 bottom front clutch fabric pieces (black fabric on top right), 2 lining pieces (yellow multi colored fabric, and 4 fusible interfacings pieces, and 1 strap interfacing piece.


Sew Strap Closure

Iron on the strap interfacing piece.  Then place strap closure pieces right sides together and sew around, but not all the way around.  It can be difficult to turn the strap right side out if you sew a complete “U” shape.  Let’s leave some wiggle room to turn this right side out.  We’ll sew the edge up in a minute.



To help our curved seam to lay flat when we turn it right side out, let’s use some pinking shears to trim off the excess seam.  If you don’t have pinking shears, just make little notches along the curve of the seam with the tip of your scissors.


sew topstitch strap


Just to confirm what the picture above suggests,  turn the strap right side out, pin the open edge, and topstitch around the strap as I have done here in the picture above.


Sew the back of the clutch


Lay the strap and bottom front clutch pieces right sides together.  You can sew a basting stitch to keep your strap in place if you’d like, or you can pin it.   Then as you see on the right side of the picture here, just lay the top pattern right side down and sew across.


Sew front of clutch

Once your done sewing the front of the clutch and pressing the seam, topstitch across as you see in the picture below.




Sew garland on

Below is a photo I took after I sewed on the garland.  You can sew the garland on with your machine, or you can hand sew them on if you are new to sewing.    I used embroidery thread for the garland hanging line.


Here’s a picture of how my garland hanging line looks from the back.



Time to add some stability and structure to this clutch!

Iron on Fusible Interfacing


Sew CLutch together

We want more space inside of our clutch, so let’s make this clutch three dimensional by boxing out the corners.

Box out the corners

I’ve turned the lining right side up and upside down to show you how the boxed corners should look once your done.



As I mentioned before, you will need to repeat step 8 for the exterior clutch as well.  Once they are both boxed out, insert the lining into the clutch as shown below.  When you look inside the clutch, you should be looking at the beautiful lining side of your lining fabric.




Let’s finish this pretty little clutch off with some 1/4″ double folded bias tape to hide those raw edges on top.


Sew on the bias tape

Now we are ready to slowly and carefully secure our bias tape in place.  Start with the raw end (meaning: not the end you just folded in the picture above).  Start where you see the pink binding clip in the picture below.  Press and pinch the bias tape in place to secure it as you wrap it around the top.  Secure with binding clips, pins, or bobby pins.  Whatever you have.




After a few minutes the glue should be dry.  Sew the bias tape in place.

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Sew on your button.



Measure your button and then prepare to make a button hole.  You can make a button hole with your machine or you can make a hand sewn button hole.  Just do a quick search on Youtube for a tutorial on how to do it.


Congratulations, you’re all done!  Please share what you’ve made with me on Instagram or in my Facebook group.  I want to see what color combinations your coming up with and your fantastic creation!

Living DIY Style Giveaway

Living DIY Style Giveaway

I’m so excited to be hosting my first Giveaway on my blog today!  For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to be become a Sew Mama Sew contributor, and it finally happened.  I’ll be sharing a picture of what I contributed at the end of this post.

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Ok, so here’s what I’m giving away.  I’m giving away three Living DIY Style Sewing Patterns!!!

Here's how giveaway works

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Video Tutorial + Free Pattern both up on the Sew Mama Sew website right now!

Best Wishes everyone!!!


If you’ve ever wondered how to finish off a pillow, a purse, a stuffed animal, or baby shoes with a hidden stitch, you’re in the right place!  Please enjoy this video that I created to help you understand how to hand sew an invisible stitch:)


Free Funky Fox Ears Sewing Pattern by Living DIY Style!

Time for a free pattern!  My first free pattern ever I might add.  I have a long list of free patterns I want to release over the next year, but this one kept begging to be first, so I gave in.  And I’m happy I did, I think you guys and your kids are going to love this super cute quick pattern!  You will find the Free Fox Ears Pattern at the bottom of this post.


Did I mention this pattern is not just for kids?  Yup, it comes in adult sizes too!  For some reason I just couldn’t get myself motivated to put on my Fox Ears and have the kids take pictures of me.  Sorry guys!  Maybe next time:)


Learn how to sew fox ears for free!



I love that these Funky Fox Ears will keep her ears nice and warm when it’s cold outside!

Free fox ears patterns

Hey, and check this out!  Remember the Animal Hoodie Pattern I sell with the Bear Ears?  Well now you can swap out the bear ears for fox ears!  Just use the fox ears in place of the bear ears when you get to that part of the tutorial.  I just added a section to the Animal Hoodie tutorial entitled “How to Add Fox Ears”.  It shows you how to sew up the fox ears and how to sew them in.  How cool is that?!


Combine Free Fox Ears Pattern with Bear Hoodie to make a Fox Hoodie

I have a little story for you guys today.  Did you know that before I started designing sewing patterns I used to crochet like a mad woman?  Yes, it’s true!  When my oldest daughter was about two years old I started designing and crocheting lots of animal hats for her to wear.  She absolutely loved them.  I felt a deep sense of satisfaction as I saw how much these little animal hats were helping her to use her imagination.  Then when other kids came over she would get the hats out and they would all start jumping around and having a great time in their imaginary worlds.  Precious times without a doubt.


Animal Hoodie by Living DIY Style

Inevitably she kept growing, but sadly the hats did not.  However, her desire to still play with them was still going strong!   I had to chuckle as I watched her trying to cram and squeeze her head into these little toddler hats I had made so long ago.  That’s when I decided it was time to put my hand to designing and come up with a kid friendly animal hat/hoodie.  It’s been two years since then and they’ve gotten plenty of use out of them.  But better yet, the pretend play lives on!


Animal Hoodie Sewing Pattern and Free Fox Ears Sewing Pattern

Now when their friends come over,  all the fox ears come out!  Whenever I start working with a pattern, I make a ton of them before I make my final piece for pictures.  So needless to say, they’ve got LOTS of Fox Ears to play with now.  I think they’re happy about it!


Fleece Animal Hoodie Sewing Pattern by Living DIY Style Free Fox Ears Pattern

So I would love to hear your thoughts on this new free pattern.  What do you think?  Do you like it?  Let me know how they turn out for you in the comments below!

Download Free Funky Fox Ears





New and Improved Reversible Crib Shoe Sewing Pattern is Here!

Baby crib shoe sewing pattern     As many of you already know, there is nothing more satisfying than watching a baby kick or crawl around with a pair of handmade baby shoes that you made for them.  The first pair of baby shoes I made for my first daughter were a pair of crib shoes.  I can still remember the giddy feeling I had while I watched her crawl around the house in those cute little shoes.  At the time she was challenging herself, and trying to grab hold of anything she possibly could to assist her as she bravely tried to stand up.  However, my heart kept breaking as she would constantly slip on our hardwood floors.  This gave me motivation to tackle my first pair of grippy bottomed crib shoes!   I didn’t start with an easy fabric, oh no, that would be too simple.  I started with deerskin leather.  My sewing machine at the time kicked and screamed at my demand, but some how my determination was stronger than my machine’s rebellious attitude!  In the end, once I slipped those cute little crib shoes on her feet, I realized it was worth the battle.   I knew this was just the beginning of something fun and wonderful.  They stayed on wonderfully, they looked adorable, and kept her feet extra toasty warm on cold nights, what more could I ask for?

Leather soft soled shoe pattern

Back in 2010 I finally decided it was time to work out the details and put together a tutorial and sewing pattern for the crib shoe to sell.  The Reversible Crib Shoe sewing pattern was a huge success.  Everyone seemed to love the idea of a reversible, seamless crib shoe.

Recently I’ve had quite a few friends give birth to new babies.  My friends automatically know what to expect from me when a new baby is born- handmade baby shoes of course!   As I was excitedly choosing my fabrics for the baby shoes I planned on making, I started coming up with new fun details to add to Reversible Crib Shoe pattern.  It was too good to keep all to myself, so I decided to update the pattern with three additional styles.  While I was at it, I kept thinking about all the requests I’ve had over the last five years for bigger sizes.  So in addition to the extra sizes, I decided to add three new sizes- Newborn, 24 months, and 36 months.


Baby mocassin sewing pattern

All in all I’m very pleased with the new designs and sizes.  I also completely revamped the old tutorial.  The new tutorial reflects the experience I have gained in writing and designing tutorials over the past few years.  There are tons of well thought out pictures and easy to follow directions for each design.  I’m certain there will be little to no confusion when you make these.  Baby girl shoe sewing patternLook at these adorable baby feet in his new crib shoes!  Oh those little rollie-pollie ankles, love them. Baby shoe sewing patternThe best part is, it’s available now!

Have you ever made Crib shoes before?  What do you think about the new designs I’ve added?  Let me know in the comments below:)

Buy Crib Shoes Now


Hoodie Infinity Scarf Sewing Pattern is Complete!

Hoodie Infinity Scarf Sewing Pattern by Living DIY Style

Hoodie Infinity Scarf Sewing Pattern by Living DIY Style

Well good morning my few precious readers!   Just two days ago I only had one subscriber, and now I have seven- whoa!  I want to say thank you, I am feeling encouraged to continue with this blogging adventure thanks to you guys.  I must say, it’s going to take me a while to get the hang of this.  The reason I say this is because, well, I had no idea I had three lovely comments waiting for me to read on my first post, until I went to write this post…. and well looky there,  three beautiful comments!  To say I felt giddy would be an understatement.  If you’ve ever started a blog, you well know, getting those first couple of comments is a golden moment.  Now I can speak from experience.

Good news!  I finished the Hoodie Infinity Scarf sewing pattern I’ve been working on.  I figured to celebrate I would throw a 15% coupon code- FCB15 out there.  This code is good for all 3 of my stores-,, and  The coupon is good for all items, in all of my stores.  Sale will end at midnight tonight.

Here is a picture of my friend who kindly modeled the hoodie and my fingerless glove pattern.   She so petite and adorable, love her!

Got a much needed hair cut recently.   Thought this would be a good opportunity to show off my new hairdo and also show you that when you take the hood off, it makes a nice and cozy infinity scarf with the hood hanging out the back.


So, what to work on next.  Once I complete one project, I’ve got about a hundred more that I want to conquer.  Decisions, decisions!  Well, hey, now that I’ve got a few people listening to me, I can bounce ideas off of you to help me figure these things out.  This is great.  Once I gather up a few of my ideas, I’ll be asking for your opinions!

Hoodie Infinity Scarf Sewing Pattern is in the WORKS!

This is a big day for me, because this is officially my first blog post. I’m finally biting the bullet and taking the plunge into the blogosphere. I’m not much of a talker, so this may prove to be a bit challenging for me. I guess we’ll find out. Or should I say- I need to find out.  Why?  Well, because I honestly want to see what it’s like to try to start up a community from scratch.   I have no idea if this blog will sink or swim, but one thing I learned a few years back, is that if you want to see change you need to make the decision to do something different- and then do it!   So here I am at the beginning of a new year, doing something different.

Let’s get started!  Here’s what I’ve been working on.

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Hoodie Infinity Scarf by Living DIY Style

It’s an all in one, one size fits all, hoodie infinity scarf sewing pattern for women.   I have worn this hoodie just about everyday since I made it.  I love the contrasting colors, the fact that it’s reversible, and of course- THE BUTTON.  I am such a sucker when it comes to over sized buttons!   It has been cold lately, but no joke, this hoodie has been keeping me warm and cozy each and everyday.

Here’s another hoodie I made with black fleece and black/green houndstooth lining.  This cozy hoodie was given to a good friend of mine.

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Women’s Hoodie Infinity Scarf sewing pattern

What do you think of it?  Leave a comment and let me know.