Make: Leather Clutch

Friday, October 19, 2012


What you need: Leather / Scissors / Magnetic Snaps for closure / Paint / Foam Paint Brush / Sewing Machine / Needle & Thread (More details these things in directions below)

Cut your leather piece (I bought a bag of scrap pieces from the fabric store). For the rough top asymmetrical edge I used an x-acto knife and cut a somewhat jagged edge to get the look I wanted.  Also cut an extra piece in the shape of a circle a little larger than the magnetic latch. 

Fold the bottom piece up.

Using a larger needle (12 or 14 worked for me as my leather was suede and soft) stitch sides on sewing machine with a half inch seam along the edge; don't forget to backstitch on the beginning of seam and end of seam. Snip threads. 

Use a stencil to make your motif on your clutch. If you don't have a stencil you like you can make your own by following a Freezer paper stencil tutorial find that here.

I use Jaquard paint for all my fabric painting painting projects (for this one I used an opaque white). I applied it with a foam brush. 


To apply your magnetic clasp (which I purchased for just a couple dollars for about 3 or 4 at my local craft/fabric store; click the link to see a better photo of them): first figure out where you want them to line up and make a small mark in pencil. For the bottom part simply use an x-acto knife to cut two small strips for the tongs to go through, bend them back to hold in place. For the top: get the little circle of leather you cut and cut two small holes for the metal tongs to go through, bend in place. Then you will place on top (underside) flap of the clutch. Sew around the leather circle into the top flap but be careful not to pull thread all the way through to the front side (this way you won't see your stitches on the front).


I promise it's so, so easy! And you can vary this DIY in many different ways!  I think I am going to use mine to hold all the little things that fall to the bottom of my big purse and maybe alone when I go out for a nice dinner. What would you use your clutch for? 

Enjoy xo

29 comments:

  1. Great tutorial, Christine. I love clutches and to make my own would really be something. :)
    Ada

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  2. It looks so cute on your hand! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi Cristine this is great!I love clutches too, i have so many (most are my grandma's), so I can't wait to try this turtorial!!!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Very clever! I love the colour of the leather you picked. x

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    1. Thanks, I thought it was a good color for the fall xx

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  6. Awesome! My favorite part is the uneven side left over the top, so perfectly imperfect!

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    1. yeah, that's my favorite part too. funny i can see the flaws in everything else but that imperfect part looks perfect to me.

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  7. No way will I be able to pull this off, but your results are fabulous! That leather looks so soft and silky. This was a really easy tutorial, too! But I'm still too chicken to try it :)

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  8. This is really beautiful. I love the simplicity.

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  9. Ahh! I love this! It is so cute and seems so easy. This would also be a perfect little bag for all of my pens and pencils that I always carry with me. The perfect bag within a bag!

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  10. Brilliant Christine. I really like the stencil at the end. The perfect touch.

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  11. Every time I go to my local fabric shop I eye the leather scraps and wonder what I can make with them. What a great idea!

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    1. me too! that's how i got this, i finally broke down and bought some!

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  12. cristina I love this it .
    saludos from chile

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  13. This clutch is so beautiful and even more precious because it's handmade.

    LUXESSED

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  14. I'm all about clutches and I can't believe you made it yourself. My stitches would never look that neat and even

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  15. What store do you find your leather remnants at? I can never find any around me! Hobby lobby doesn't have anything close to that suede fabric/color.

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