How to Make a Bobbin Work-Quilted Silk Clutch

Remember last month’s post on free-motion bobbin work by Teri Lucas? Practice your skills as you create quilted fabric for this lovely silk clutch. 

DIY Silk Clutch with Bobbin Work Quilting



Step 1) Prepare the “quilt sandwich.”

Cut linen into two (2) 18″ x 24″ rectangles – one for quilting and one for binding.

Layer the linen, batting and silk together. Baste using your favorite method.

Step 2) Quilt the layers with bobbin work.

Set up your machine for bobbin work. (See Tips for Free-Motion Bobbin Work post, April 23, 2014.)

Using either the freehand embroidery foot, quilt your favorite motifs. I stitched curved feathers and nautilus shells. Stop to bury thread as you go so the tails don’t get caught in the stitches.

Sewing Bobbin Work with BSR

Once the quilting is complete give the quilt a press from the linen side. This will help it lay flat.

Square the piece if necessary.

Step 3) Bind the edges.

Make 85″ of binding by cutting five (5) 2″ strips of linen “cross-grain.” There is enough stretch cross-grain to miter the corners of this project.

Cut the rectangle to 14″ x 20″.

rotary cut with ruler

trimmed rectangle

Using your quarter inch foot, apply the binding to the linen side of the quilted piece just as you would on a large quilt. 

making binding

Once the binding is attached, clip the corners to reduce the bulk. Then fold over and stitch the binding to the silk side.

Binding Corner Miter

binding finish

Step 4) Assemble the clutch.

With the quilt back facing you, fold the bottom approximately a third (1/3) of the way up.

Fold the top down until the look of the clutch is pleasing to you.

Mark the fold points with pins or the chalk pencil. Do not sew the clutch closed just yet.

Apply the magnetic clasp:

  • Find the mid point of the clutch. Using a chalk pencil, mark the center 2″ from the edge of the clutch. Use the small metal anchor disc and the chalk pencil to mark the snip lines.

clutch position marks

  • Be careful to go all the way through. Make sure the clasp on the top is facing in and the lower portion is facing out.

position the clasp pieces

inside of clutch

  • Cover the clasp pieces with a small piece of fabric. Using either your quarter inch foot or the zipper foot stitch all the way around the fabric to secure.

covering the clasp parts

Fold the lower portion of the clutch up. Using the zipper foot and thread that will blend with the fabric, stitch along each sides of the clutch.

stitch the edges closed

Step 5) Add button embellishments.

Hand stitch a few beautiful buttons on the front of the clutch to cover the fabric that covers the clasp and add decoration.

DIY Silk Clutch with Bobbin Work Quilting

Enjoy your beautifully-quilted clutch!

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