A clutch bag is a stylish and versatile purse that every closet needs! Perfect for carrying around your cash, keys and even your make-up, a clutch may not be your go-to everyday purse, but it will certainly prove very useful for a variety of reasons.
When you go out in the evening, a simple clutch is all you need to sufficiently hold all of your possessions without tying you down and taking up too much room.
The great thing about these types of purses is that they are incredibly easy and quick to make yourself at home! There are many DIY clutch tutorials available online but in this tutorial, I show you how to create your very own envelope clutch using a simple placemat that you may already have lying around your home.
For this DIY envelope clutch bag tutorial you will need:
- About 60 minutes of your time (maybe more, maybe less depending on your level of experience in stitching).
- 1 round placemat (in any color you choose).
- 1 needle and thread in a color matching your placemat
- 1 button (to fasten the clutch together).
- 2 inches of elastic (optional – you can either add an elastic loop to fasten the purse or cut out a button hole instead).
- Clips, pegs or pins to hold the folds in place.
Get your equipment ready so that you have everything ready and on hand.
Place your placemat flat on a clear surface. Turn 3 out of the 4 sides inwards and hold in place using pins or a clothing peg. You should fold each side inwards, halfway between the edge of the placemat and the center point of the mat.
Then fold the bottom side up to the center point of the mat. This should reach the middle of the placemat or just slightly under.
Now stitch each of the bottom corners so that that the edges don’t come apart. Once sewn together, these become the bottom two corners of the envelope (purse). By sewing the bottom sides together you are securing the sides.
Be careful though, you don’t want to sew the clutch together so that you are unable to use the purse. I hand stitched mine but you can use a sewing machine if you choose.
When you’ve finished sewing each of the two bottom sides, you will see that the purse is starting to take shape and is starting to resemble a pouch. You should be able to take off the pegs/pins/clips and leave the clutch on its own without it falling apart. If any part begins to unravel or the shape needs altering, make changes where needed.
Next, stitch along each of the two lines where the bottom fold meets each of the two side folds. This is easy to find, as you will see that you will need to sew these parts in order for your purse to be able to hold things effectively.
Again, make sure you sew carefully along these two small layers so that you see your purse forming, rather than changing shape completely.
Now sew on your button on to the lower half of the clutch. If you’re using a standard round dining mat like the one I’ve used, you may have to position your button quite low down because upper envelope flap will fold quite low down. Again, you can choose any button you like and you may sew it on by hand or using a sewing machine.
Once you’ve sewn on your button, add your elastic loop to the upper part of the purse or make a button hole to match the size of the button you’ve used.
Now fold the top side of the “envelope” over and fasten your clutch. Your DIY envelope clutch bag is ready to use!
These purses are so quick, cheap and easy to make that you will probably find yourself making more than one! For the more serious crafters among you, you might decide to make further alterations and design additions, such as:
- Adding a wrist strap
- Add a shoulder strap
- Add a zip
- Make your own DIY bag charm accessory