By: Valerie

You’ll be set back about fifty bucks for a similar store bought clutch. Create the DIY Envelope Clutch yourself and you’ll save money and have a bag specially made for you! Learn how to make a clutch bag with this helpful tutorial.

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 Zipper
 General Sewing Supplies
 This clutch can made from upholstery  fabric, denim, corduroy, leather, suede, or vinyl
 Optional: colorful thread for top stitching, ribbon for embellishment
 Paper/cardboard for your pattern
1. Alter Your Pattern:  It’s super easy to adjust the size and shape of this clutch. In this example to make the clutch
bigger, 1″ strips are taped to the existing pattern piece.
If you want to use a zipper, make sure your piece is wide enough to accommodate the zipper. This example uses a 12″ zipper.
You can sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance; in order to make sure your pattern is wide enough

have at least a ½″ clearance at either end of the zipper.


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2. Cut the Fabric:

This clutch is so simple that you could make it out of nearly anything… something really heavyweight like upholstery fabric, denim, or corduroy, or something lighter like silk dupioni.  This clutch works great in leather, suede, or

vinyl as well. Remember to use a Teflon or plastic zipper foot on your machine when sewing with leather. Or just stick a piece of frosted Scotch tape on the bottom of your regular foot. This prevents the metal foot from sticking to your leather, ultrasuede, vinyl or suede fabric.

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3. Add a Pocket:
For such a large clutch, you’re going to need at least one pocket so your smaller goodies aren’t floating around in the bottom of your bag all willy-nilly.  You can use just a rectangular patch pocket. If you feel the need, make two instead of one. Sew one down the center to create two smaller pockets, for your iPhone or some other e-toy. Just one more way to further personalize your envelope clutch!

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4. Insert the Zipper:

It’s very easy to insert a zipper in a handbag:  a. Fold under and press a ½″ hem along the top of the self and lining.
b. Line up the self and lining, wrong sides facing, so that the folded edges match exactly  c. Pin the zipper tape in between these two layers.  d. Topstitch the zipper in place. Done!

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5. Sew the Bag Together:
To sew the bag together, open the zipper all the way, and then pin the self (the orange canvas on the bag) together with right sides facing, and do the same with the lining (the geometric print on the bag).  Remember to leave a hole in the bottom of the lining. Sew all the way around the bag, backstitching at each end of the opening, and over the side seams where the lining meets the self.  Turn right-side-out, close the hole in the lining, and that’s it. You’re done! Press your bag carefully and you’re good to go!  Your finished clutch will be very, very flat, and ready to fill up with all your gear you need for a night on the town (or a day of errands…whatever).

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Optional: Embellishments
You could sew on a wide strip of fabric in a contrasting color for some color blocking.  You could also pin your favorite brooch to the bag, or even a wrap a necklace or a belt around your clutch.  You could use topstitching thread to sew a design onto the surface of your bag, or use ribbon to add both a shot of color, and a contrasting texture.  Just remember to add any sewn embellishments to the bag before you insert the zipper (after you deal with the pockets in step three).

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