Off the Hook: Crochet Flower Power Clutch


Remember all those pretty Mollie Flowers I was crocheting a while back? Well, this adorable little clutch is what I made with them! I was inspired by the Pouf Purse design by April Garwood, which was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Crochet Today!. The pattern is so feminine and pretty.


Here you can see bits and pieces of my progress...

1. Making Mollie Flowers was a lot of fun!  I used some pretty blush toned yarns and a nice mustard for a pop of yellow in the centers. (P.S. If you like the mollie flowers, I found a couple of helpful tutorials here and here.)



2. Seaming the flowers together took a bit of time.



3. I sewed together a sweet little zipper pouch in a coordinating polka dot material. It was my first time sewing a pouch like this and inserting a standard zipper, so that was a fun challenge. I found this video tutorial by I Heart Stitching really helpful in putting this together. If you don't sew, you could easily buy a zippered pouch and make your flowers cover the dimensions.



4. In went the pouch...



5. A little bit of stitching finished it up.



And, that was it! I love how sweet this little clutch is. The original pattern called for a chain shoulder strap, but I like the simplicity of leaving it as a clutch.



The polka dot material is a fun surprise on the inside...



Project Details:
Pattern: Inspired by Pouf Purse by April Garwood, May/June 2013 Issue of Crochet Today!
Yarn: Various blush tones and a mustard from my stash. (This is a great stash bustin' project!)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Skills: seaming motifs together, sewing a zippered pouch

I really love the texture the flowers add to the clutch. I'm even thinking of making another clutch using the daisy flower pattern I created recently. That could be a fun twist on the floral motif!

Stay tuned, because my next crochet project is the Blooming Bolero from the May/June 2008 Issue of Crochet Today!. I'm hoping to wrap it up soon so that I can get a few wears in before fall weather arrives and it gets too chilly. You can see some of my progress over on Instagram here and here. Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram for more sneak peeks of upcoming projects!

So, are you guys like me and still hung up on summer projects, or are you already looking ahead to fall?

51 comments:

  1. This is utterly adorable and so you. Thanks for sharing!

    Claire x

    P.S. I'm hoping to try a zipped pouch this weekend so thanks for the video link!

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    1. Thanks Claire! I found the video tutorial really helpful. Hope you'll find it helpful too! I can't wait to see your pouches. :)

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  2. How beautiful...the clutch and YOU!

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  3. Oh it is so cute..Love it, I love your color choice and the polka dots are perfect!!

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  4. super duper cute - I have been away for 3 weeks and you left me itching to know what you were going to make with your sweet daisies ... it was worth the wait, totally adorable!
    xxx

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  5. I am so impressed! This clutch is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. this is so pretty! I love the idea and all the different things you can do with crocheted flowers.

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  7. This turned out so amazing. Nicely done Erica! So impressed! :) ~Stephanie

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  8. Oh how pretty and feminine! You did such a great job with it!!
    Just curious, how do you wash/clean it without ruining the crochet?

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    1. Hi Ebone! I usually just hand wash my crochet items, then lay them out nicely to dry so that they hold their shape. :)

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  9. Aha!! finally! This is where all the flowers were for :) Very cute! and congrats on it being featured!! :)

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    1. Thanks Alla! I'm glad you like my version of the clutch. I didn't create the design featured in Crochet Today!, it is actually by the talented April Garwood. :)

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  10. that is so cute! and i do like the pop of mustard color!

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  11. This looks great, so happy you have shared this, I have just finished crocheting my first circle, I've got it! Next on my project list is a journal cover I just started, and then I can't wait to try making this purse, it looks awesome!

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    1. Charlotte! You're a busy crafty bee! I love it. :)

      Crochet is one of my favorite hobbies, so I'm excited you are teaching yourself. You'll have a lot of fun with it.

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  12. Erica your clutch is absolutely amazing! I really love the flower colors you used, it makes the clutch look so girly!

    Great job!

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  13. Wow! So pretty! This is definitely one of my favorite projects that you've done. Can't wait to see your next project!

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  14. Thats lovely Erica, it looks like something you would find in a vintage shop!

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  15. That clutch is super gorgeous! I love the colors you chose, though I'm not much of a pink-lover myself. I'd love to make it using dark greens, blues, and browns. Definitely keeping this on my brain as I have a couple pouches I could maybe use this for. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Faith! I do tend to lean towards the girly side with the pinks, don't I?! ;) The dark colors you like would be so rich and nice with the texture of the flowers. I'd love to see how yours turns out. :)

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  16. Oh my you did such a wonderful job with this. Good lord I could never pull this off I am all thumbs when it comes to anything craft orientated. Cute blog. Following via Bloglovin.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  17. That's so amazing!!!! You have talent girl!! I love how the colors and the fabric all come together! Pretty pretty pretty!!

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  18. Wow, that is really amazing. So beautiful! What a talent you have.

    Loving your blog!

    XO,
    Catherine
    FEST

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  19. Oh it's so so pretty. It reminds me of spring and wildflowers!

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  20. Absolutly shared on my blog! oh and beautiful!

    Love,
    Cat

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  21. Such an adorable project :)
    And it looks perfect!

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  22. This is so sweet, I love it!!

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  23. How clever are you - Loving your crafty work!

    If you're interested in making Tiny Baby Bunnies out of yarn there's a free pattern on my site..

    http://www.softandcosy.com/2013/08/free-pattern-tiny-baby-bunnies.html

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  24. Oh my goodness, that is the prettiest crochet purse! Thanks for the how-tos. I suddenly feel like I NEED a crochet purse :)

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  25. Love this. Your images are always so crisp!

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  26. This is so darling! and I love the fabric you chose to line it with!!

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  27. oh wow, this is such a cute use for the flowers you've been crocheting, and it's a great way of dressing up a tired old makeup bag, or just a fun project if you buy a little plain one to dress up a bit. i love the way it turned out.

    little henry lee

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  28. Super duper cute!! That polka dot fabric is so fun for the inside! Love it!
    Kate :}

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  29. This is perfect! Love it, and all things crochet;)

    -Courtney
    www.alwaysrooney.com

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  30. Oh my goodness this is SO adorable!!!!! I'm completely inspired to learn how to crochet.

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  31. What am amazingly cute purse! I am in love....

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  32. Just lovely! So glad I found your site.

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  33. My sister would love this!! Maybe for Christmas....

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    1. It would be a great gift. Happy crocheting!

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  34. This is amazing!! I love it! I'm going to start making myself one of these, right about now! Your blog is really great, just stumbled upon it :-)

    Andrea // CocoDrizzle

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