27 October 2015

DIY Boho Print Fringe Clutch

Ah.. fringe; you are certainly not going anywhere! And it doesn't take Anna Wintour to figure that out...

From fringed jackets to dresses, it seems like we can't get enough of this 70s trend in our wardrobes.

But what if I told you that you could get a brand new accessory for the price of just a few bits and bobs? Today, I put on my Captain Craft (who?) hat and created this bohemian print, fringe clutch bag. Yep, that's right: three trends in one!

And I've created this easy-to-follow tutorial so that you can get creative and make one too!

I'll admit; I'm not exactly the Nigella Lawson of the craft world! So if I can make this bad boy, so can you! And it takes barely any sewing.... Although you do have to use that needle and thread a teeny bit.

But for a free boho-print, fringe clutch? Yep, I'm in: needle wounds and all!

You will need...

2 x pieces of boho printed fabric 17.5 x 12.5 inches
2 x pieces of lining fabric (any thick, shiny fabric is suitable) 17 x 12 inches
Fabric Scissors
Fringe Trim measuring 14 inches
A zip measuring 14 inches
Around 20 pins
2 rolls of stitch-free, iron-on trim/fabric seamer

 Firstly, take a roll of cotton in a similar colour to your zip. Thread your needle and you're ready to go!

Ok... I'll admit, the first part of this DIY is by far the hardest. But as the old proverb/your Nan/anyone says, it's best to get the worst bit done first. So hold on there!

The first thing to do is to secure the left side of the zip. Firstly open your zip and face it upwards so that the zip is towards you.

Then place the zip over the long side of one of your pieces of your lining. Ensure that the left side of the zip is around half a centimeter from the edge of the fabric, to make allowances for seams. Secure the zip in place with a few pins as close to the centre of the zip as possible to ensure it doesn't move. After all: no one likes a wonky zip!

 Next, take one piece of your boho fabric and lay down the top longest edge directly over the left hand size of the zip, lining perfectly with your piece of lining. Once again, leave a centimeter of fabric for seam allowances. IMPORTANT: Place your fabric print side down.

Now you should have some sort of funky zip sandwhich!

Secure the lining, zip and fabric together with a straight line of pins.

Flip out your work of art inside out to check that your seam is straight enough. Give the zip a test too! Does it work? Awesome! Moving on...

Flip that boho fabric back over so you have your perfectly pinned sandwich again. Then sew along the pins. I hand sewed mine, but if you are blessed with a sewing machine, go for it girl! (And I am SO not jealous...)

Want to know the good news? You've got to do it all again! But this time with your other pieces of fabric and on the right hand side of the zip. Ok. Sarcasm over. The nasty zip stuff will be over with before you know it.

Go ahead and re-arrange your clutch-in-the-works do that it is facing you with the zip towards you in a V-shape. Your work-in-progress should be on the left hand side of the zip.

Take your other piece of lining and place under free side of zip. Place the zip at the end of the longest side of the fabric, around a centimeter from the fabrics edge. Pin in place.

Place your boho fabric on top of the zip pretty side down and pin the three layers together.  Turn inside out to check if your pinning is straight and if the zip works well. Then sew away!

And now take a deep breath and rejoice: The hideous zip part is done! **Hallelujah chorus**
Now your zip should be secured on both sides and should look neat and tidy like this.

Next, it's time to bond the lining and the boho fabric together. If you've never used iron-on bonding trim before, its basically a sewing cheat shortcut. Once again, if you have a sewing machine, feel free to seam join the fabrics by thread, rather than by bonding trim.
Separate your fabric so that  three layers are to the right and you are left with one layer of boho fabric. Cut a piece of bonding trim the size of the short side of the piece,. Place along the length of the fabric then flip the adjoining piece of lining fabric back over.

Secure with an iron and repeat on the other two edges. Then repeat on the right hand of lining and fabric.

Now, it's time to hem the edges!

Place a piece of bonding tape along each edge about an inch in from the edge. Fold the inch of fabric over and on top of the bonding tape. Secure with an iron. Repeat on all 6 hems.

Now your clutch should look neatly hemmed:
Next, it's time to fold this piece of fabric over to secure into a clutch bag.

Simply place a piece of bonding strip along one of the bottom lengths (either side of the zip), leaving an inch free of bonding at the outer edges.

Fold the clutch over and iron to secure. Repeat on the top length. Your clutch should be secured on all sides apart from the bottom.
Cut your fringe trim so that it is exactly the same length as the bottom edge of your clutch.

Cut a piece of bonding strip the same length as the bottom edge of the clutch and lay between the two layers of fabric.
 Then place your trim directly on top of the bonding strip. Top with another layer of bonding strip.

Iron the three layers together to secure.

And **insert drum roll here** Ta-da!
Now you have this seasons hottest accessory! Plus: no one else will have the same one!

So get ready to answer those 'ooo where did you get that?' queries with a smug smile.
'Oh this? I just made it...'

bohemian fringe bag

Top: Zaful (Similar here)
Shorts: Boohoo (Get it here)
Scarf (as belt): Banarsi Designs (Get it here)

Hope you liked this DIY! Get crafty!



  1. Your very talented dear
    I love this clutch-- so boho chic

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  2. Nice DIY girl ! I will try at home ! xD

  3. wow, great idea! looks awesome!

  4. Super impressive... what a fun DIY project! Your photos are fab!!

    All the Cute
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  5. What an incredible DIY! Love this so much - the fringe, boho print - it's just perfect. Makes me want to start picking up sewing again.

    Rae of Love from Berlin
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  6. Wow you are incredibly talented! I love how you captured every step with this DIY tutorial. I can imagine everyone asking where you got your bag from, it looks better than anything store bought <3

  7. You did a great job, Rachel! Love the print & fringes <3 You are indeed very talented!

    Kisses <3

  8. This turned out so well! Plus it really amps up your outfit.


  9. Love it!

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  10. This looks so cool! Great DIY.

    - Audrey

  11. What a great DIY, you are really talented :) It looks so pretty! x

  12. Omg, this is such a good idea! This clutch is the perfect complement for a boho outfit. You're truly creative :)

  13. So beautiful work my dear. Really nice...and your top is amazing!!!!Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,

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  14. How amazing you made this yourself Rachel, I can barely sew in a straight line haha! The print is gorgeous, totally boho and to your style! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  15. Wooow amazing! :)
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  16. This is such a beautiful DIY!

  17. Omg, you did a great, great job, babe, I'm loving all those DIY fashion projects,
    this clutch is just fabulous....

  18. Omg, you did a great, great job, babe, I'm loving all those DIY fashion projects,
    this clutch is just fabulous....

  19. Wow this diy project is more than adorable! Such a nice idea and the final result is amazing! Thanks for sharing Rachel!

  20. It turned out so pretty. Well done!!

    Have a great week,

  21. Love that clucth you just Did yourself. I Love this outfit of yours and how you accessorized it. You look lovely

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  22. This is so cool!! <3

  23. So Gorgeous Darling:)
    Love Everything:)
    Amazing Post.
    Much Love
    Open Kloset, Karina
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  24. I am such a lost cause at DIYs, I´d probably burn down the house if I tried to make this.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  25. amazing! they said if you can't find it on your favorite shop, go do it yourself which is more awesome!


  26. Very beautiful post!

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  27. very talented, I'm not sure I would be able to make it.

    looks great

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  28. This is such a fun idea! Really like the color of the bag!

  29. omg, this is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your creation in details! You're so talented! <3

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  30. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. nice post, amazing photos :)

  32. Great printed fabric. Simple and beautiful result. <3 /Madison
    The Frenchie Foodie

  33. Wow! That's amazing! You should sell these, they're so pretty!

  34. It's so cute, and I love fringed everything this season, so I'm definitely gonna try this DIY! Thank you so much for sharing!

    xo, Esther

  35. Nice tutorial. The clutch is beautiful.

  36. Nice tutorial. The clutch is beautiful.

  37. Wow, so creative. I love DIY projects. Might have to store this one away for a rainy day!

    Enclothed Cognition

  38. Thanks for your share, and i love your post


  39. wow great post
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  40. OMG!!!You're so talented!!!Good job dear!!!:-)

  41. Cute bag! And wow! I wish I could do that :)


  42. wow this diy looks incredible! you're right it will be the most amazing one-off piece no one else can buy haha. thanks for sharing! :)

    Metallic Paws

  43. love fringe, I'm almost obsessed fring everywhere please.
    that bag is very cute

  44. It looks beautiful ~~ great job!!

  45. this DIY is so so so pretty! Trust me, I cant do any DIY thing at all lol When I was 9 years old, my dad told me he couldnt stand watching me creating the DIY homework anymore, so he told me to go to bed, while he would do my homework instead lol

  46. This project is truly awesome, the result is so beautiful !!! Wonderful clutch ! Kisses

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  47. Wow!!! Love that bag, it's gorgeous! You're so talented! Xx

  48. creazione sublime

  49. You did a great job, hun!
    That clutch is really gorgeous!

  50. I absolutely adore the fabric and this looks so beautiful, I do love a bit of Fashion DIY but haven't done any since college so it would be fun before christmas xxx

  51. Amazing job dear! What a great idea and it looks fantastic! I love the print you chose


  52. This do it yourself project is amazing! Boho, fringe, a clutch? You nailed this one on the head. :]

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  53. wow You ar an artist!! It looks cool xxx

  54. This is so cool. I wish I was crafty enough to make a cute clutch!

    - Liz Lizo

  55. Thanks for your sharing this, i like it very much!

  56. That bag is really cool and so easy to make!!! I love the fabric.

  57. That look so good! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thinks the pictures are nice!

    Wow! Love them all.

  59. Wow, great!!

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