Posts tagged Clutch
How to...Make a fold-over clutch
How to DIY Clutch

Clutch I have been seeing a lot of these style of clutches lately and as I have yet to own one I thought why not try to make one. After rummaging through my fabric box I decided upon a black & white printed fabric - was the leg of a pair of trousers I made into shorts. It is thick enough to endure a day out with me and also can match with pretty much any outfit. So here is how I did it:



Fabric 15" x 24" - depending on the size you want Snap Fastener -18L/roughly 1/2" wide Needle & Thread Sewing Machine

Step 1. Fold your fabric in half, right sides together and lightly press. Pin or tack down each side about 1/2" from the edge then sew each side to secure.

Step 2.

[gallery link="file" type="square" ids="686,687"] You now have a bag, turn the top over 1/2", press and then turn over 1 1/2" and press again.

Step 3.

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Take the snap fastener and sew one part to the centre of one side of the back, ensuring to only sew through the folded layer. Repeat for other part on other side. Tack to secure this fold ensuring to follow the edge of the fold as neat as possible. Once done, turn the bag out.

Using a straight stitch follow the line of the tacking and secure the fold.

Step 4.

IMG_4953 Trim all ends and press. And you're done!

* if you want to line your bag, make a separate bag out of the lining fabric and slip over (seam to seam) the main fabric before securing the fold at the top. This will cover all the seams of the main fabric. ** also, if you choose a fabric that isn't as stiff as you'd like. Iron on some interlining to give it more structure before sewing.

How to make use of Scraps...Leather

As you have probably guessed I don't really like to throw much away especially when it comes to bits of fabric. Call me a hoarder if you like but I try and re-use/upcycle as many scraps into something also helps the environment and saves a few pennies too!

So, the other day I picked up these vintage leather trousers and made them into shorts. I was able to do so without any sewing - yay! However, I was left with two 'legs' of leather. Too much to toss out so I got to thinking...what can I make out of this?

I have come up with not 1 but 3 things I can do with said scraps (rather impressed with myself). The first of these ideas is a leather clutch, super simple and easy to do (hopefully). The other two ideas will be shared over the coming weeks, promise.

So here is today's 'How To'...leather clutch from scraps...

What you will need:

Scrap of leather or fabric.

Sharp scissors

Tape measure


Hole punch (I used an ice pick)

Needle n' thread

Stud with screw attachment

Metal edges - if desired

Step 1.

Take one leg or scrap of leather/fabric and open up and lay flat, face side down.

I decided I wanted to make an envelope style clutch so I made a rough template as a guide:

I pinned it to the fabric and cut around the edges.

Step 2.

Using the template as a guide fold the side edges in first and press the leather with a hot iron - be sure to be careful when using the iron.

Repeat with remaining folds. One complete up pin the template and remove.

Step 3.

Pin the bottom flap (one with straight edge) to the side flaps. Taking a needle and thread sew along the edge for about 3" / 8cm. Do this on both sides.

You could use fabric glue for this if you are not confident with sewing or the leather is too tough.

Step 4.

Taking the metal corner edges slide one on each bottom corner. Using a small scrap place over the corner (to protect the metal) and press firmly with pliers. Repeat on other side.

This step can be skipped if you don't want/have metal corners.

Step 5.

Using the template or your eye as a guide mark and punch a hole through the top and bottom flap. Also punch a hole through a small square scrap. The scrap will help to secure the screw stud from ripping through the leather.

Taking the screw part of the stud pop it through the scrap then the bottom of the clutch then screw the stud on until its tight.

Step 6.

If like me your hole punched a hole a little small for your stud, snip the leather in a cross and the stud should go through easier.

And viola! All what to put in it?!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!


How to: Make use of Scrap Fabric - Clutch
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When I saw these strips of fabric I knew that I would be able to make something, I don't really like waste and this fabric was quite fun. I decided that the bold colours and patterns would make a great little clutch. So here is what I did...

Step 1.

I divided the strips into two piles, one for each side of the clutch. Each strip was about an 1 1/2" wide and 6" long. I laid them flat and overlapped the edges. Pinning them in place.

There is around 16 strips for one side.

Step 2.

As I wanted this to be quite a rustic look in keeping with the fabric I chose to use a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine in a contrast red thread.

If you don't have a machine this could easily be done by hand using any stitch that will secure the strips together.

Repeat Steps 1&2 for other side.

Step 3.

For a fastening for the clutch I chose a zip. To attach the zip, I placed the zip right side down facing the right side of the clutch panel. Pin in place then stitch to secure. Repeat for the other side.

Step 4.

Now with the panels attached to the zip, face the right sides together and pin along the edges.

Ensure that the zip is open so that you can turn it the right way when sewn.

Step 5.

Tidy up the loose thread and it's finished! Then all that is left to do is decide what to use it for...

note: you can choose to line this if you are looking for a more finished piece. Just cut your chosen lining to the size of the finished panels and sew together along 3 edges. Turn out and attach to finished bag along opening under zip.

What will you use yours for?