How to Make a Watermelon Embroidered Clutch

Summer is all about fruit prints and bold patterns. Embrace the season with a stylish clutch stitched with watermelon motifs. Inspired by a $198 Anthropologie clutch, this DIY hack will only set you back $15. You can also use this embroidery technique on tote bags, T-shirts and even jeans.

Woman holding embroidered watermelon clutch
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Things You'll Need

  • Faux leather clutch (a shade of pink or red)

  • Washable marker or pencil

  • Embroidery floss (green and black)

  • Hand-sewing needle

  • Scissors

  • Protractor

Tip

The clutch must be made of thin, lightweight material, such as faux leather, canvas or cotton. The sewing needle must be sharp. These two factors will make stitching the clutch a breeze.

Supplies
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Step 1

Create watermelon rinds by drawing curved lines using your protractor and a marker or pencil.

Start at a number on the left side of the "90" mark. Continue drawing until you reach the same number on the right side of the "90" mark. This project used the "50" mark.

Holding the protractor in place while tracing the protractor
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Step 2

Repeat several times across the clutch. The total number of curved lines depends on your preference.

Clutch with curved lines drawn on it
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Step 3

Cut a long strand of green embroidery floss to use as the rind. The length of this strand will depend on the size of each curved line. As a rule of thumb, cut more than you think you need. Be sure not to separate the individual threads of the floss.

Cut green embroidery floss
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Step 4

Insert the floss through the sewing needle. Tie the ends with a tight double knot.

Needle with tied floss
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Step 5

Select a curved line to start stitching. Starting at one end of the line, insert the needle from the behind the fabric.

Warning

Do not stitch through both layers of the clutch. Otherwise, you will not be able to store items in it. In order to stitch through the top layer, unzip the clutch first.

Carefully pierce the fabric with the needle
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Step 6

Pull the needle and thread until the knot hits the fabric.

The knot will stop the thread from slipping through
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Step 7

Re-insert the needle about 1/4 inch from the starting point.

Insert the needle from the front of the fabric
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Step 8

Pull the needle until you can not pull any further. This step completes the first stitch. Make sure the stitch is flat and taut before continuing.

One completed stitch
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Step 9

Re-insert the needle from behind the fabric, 1/4 inch away the first stitch. Then pull the needle through. Be sure you're following along your curved line.

The needle should go through the curved line
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Step 10

Re-insert the needle from the front of the fabric. The re-entry point should be right next to the first completed stitch.

Insert the needle close to the first stitch
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Step 11

Pull the needle and thread through. This step completes the second stitch. Again, make sure the stitch is flat and taut.

Second completed stitch
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Step 12

Repeat Steps 9-11 until the whole curved line is stitched with green floss.

Stop stitching when you reach the end of the curved line
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Step 13

Along the inside of the clutch, tightly tie the thread. Cut away the excess.

This step completes the first watermelon rind.

A knot prevents the stitches from unwraveling
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Step 14

To create watermelon seeds, draw 5-7 small dots below the green stitching. Place the dots at equal intervals, using your eye to approximate the distance.

Place the dots at equal intervals
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Step 15

On one dot, create a single stitch -- a small diagonal line -- with black floss. Create a single stitch according to Steps 5-8.

Create a single stitch according to Steps 5-8
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Step 16

Stitch a second diagonal line over the first. Make sure this line is slanted in the opposite direction from the first. This step creates a tiny "x." Again, create a single stitch according to Steps 5-8.

Two stitch watermelon seed
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Step 17

Repeat on all of the dots.

Tie the thread and cut away the excess, just as you did in Step 13. This step completes one full watermelon.

Stitch an x onto each dot
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Step 18

Continue Steps 3-17 until the clutch is completely covered in stitched watermelons.

Repeat the same technique to complete your clutch
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