This envelope clutch project was entirely an experiment for me. I was inspired to try my hand at making my own clutch because of the [sometimes] high prices of cute ones on the market. And it was actually really easy to make! The pattern is extremely versatile as well – this clutch can be made in any fabric type or color you want, and embellished with anything you want. I would recommend a thicker fabric with structure for this project (like faux leather or vinyl) because I made mine with some solid cotton fabric that I had around my house, and when completed, the bag is definitely too flimsy to be used on a daily basis. So let’s get started!
You will need:
- Approximately 1 yard of the fabric of your choice
- Sewing machine, needle, and matching thread
- Ruler, pencil, and scissors
- 1 button
- Rhinestones, beads, glitter, paint, etc. for embellishing your bag
Step 1: Begin by laying your fabric out on a flat surface. Using the ruler and the pencil, trace a rectangle of the size you want your bag to be, plus 1″. I drew my rectangle 10″ wide x 7″ high. Extend the rectangle by drawing an additional rectangle off the top of the original rectangle (your rectangle should now be 10″ wide x 8″ high) – this will be the area where the flap of your clutch folds over. Continue extending the height of your rectangle upward, this time by about half the height of your original height (about 3″), leaving the top open. Draw diagonal lines toward the center where your rectangle is open (this will be the triangle-shaped flap of the clutch). When complete, your shape should be similar to a house. Using the scissors, cut out 2 of these shapes. Next, trace and cut out a rectangle that is 1 inch larger than the base of your clutch (I cut out a rectangle that was 11″ x 8″).
Step 2: Align the 2 triangular pieces right-side together and sew all the way around the edges of them, leaving approximately 1″ open at the end before connecting the seam. Use the 1″ opening to turn the fabric right-side out. Iron flat.
Step 3: Tuck the loose ends inside and use the needle and matching thread to sew closed the 1″ opening. Be sure to use small stitches so it is as invisible as possible when you’re done.
Step 4: On the rectangular piece of fabric, fold over one of the 11″ edges about an inch and pin into place. Sew down this seam to create a clean edge for the opening of your clutch.
Step 5: Pin the rectangular piece of fabric to the base of your clutch, as shown in the picture above. Be sure to pin the fabric with the raw edge of the seam you sewed in Step 4 facing up.
Step 6: Sew along the pinned edges of the fabric, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end. Trim away any excess fabric, and turn the bag right-side out.
Step 7: Cut a small slit, large enough for your button, in the fabric at the triangle flap of the clutch. Use the needle and thread to sew around the inside of the slit to keep the fabric from fraying with use. If you chose fabric that doesn’t fray, you can skip this step!
Step 8: Measure where your button should go on the base of the bag so that it lines up with the button hole on the flap. Sew your button in the appropriate place using the needle and thread.
Step 9: Add embellishments…and as many as you want! I chose to keep this particular bag pretty simple, by gluing three rhinestones on the button. But feel free to get creative! This is what will make your bag unique to anything else that’s out there.
What ideas do you have for making and embellishing bags like this one? Share your creativity in the comments below!