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It's doable... the DIY envelope clutch

A simple and fast project, that even beginning sewers can handle.  It didn't even cost $3 per clutch!

(Please excuse my photos on this post, this material was VERY difficult to photograph!)




-sewing machine


-1/3 yard of leather or vinyl (enough for 3 clutches)


-embroidery thread

-tape (I used painter's because I knew it would come off easy)


-clean cloth

-exacto knife (to cut button hole)




1) Draw out your shape.  Make 2 rectangles stacked, I made each rectangle 8.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches tall.  I thought this was a good size for a clutch to hold both a camera and an iPhone... the necessities in life!  Then add another rectangle on top, but half the height that you used for the other 2 rectangles.  Mark the center of that smaller rectangle and draw lines to that from each corner of the rectangle below it.  This will create a triangle.  (You will not keep the area with the Xs).

2) Cut out this shape as a whole, do not cut out the individual shapes.

3) Rotate the material so it looks like a house, (triangle on top, rectangle on bottom) wrong side up.  On the very bottom straight edge, find the center and mark 1 inch on either side of it.  You will draw from this 1 inch mark to the opposite corner of the same rectangle.  (See picture as this is hard to explain).  This will create the lines that the envelope flap comes over. 

 4) I turned my inside out to make sure I liked how the lines looked.  If you want to adjust the lines, now is the time to do it.

5) Practice sewing on your material.  Since it is a different type of material than normal cotton, I highly suggest this part.  Once you feel comfortable, move on to step 6.

6) Sew along the lines that you just drew on the bottom triangle, you'll want to stop where the 2 lines cross and pivot. 

Where to pivot:

7) Cut excess strings and fold the bottom rectangle (right side out this time) up to the bottom of the triangle.  Tape this line.

8) (Test this on scrap material before you go to your envelope).  Put your cloth down on top and iron it back and forth a few times with steam.  Don't remove the cloth right away as you'll want it to cool for about 10 seconds first.

9) Sew up each side of your envelope.  Trim the edges if necessary.  I trimmed them because I sewed too far from the edge, so I trimmed them pretty close to the stitching... JUST DON'T SNIP YOUR STITCHING or it will unravel.

10) Fold the flap of the envelope down, put down the cloth and iron it the same way you did before.

11) Sew on your button and cut a small slit for the button.  Start small with your slit and cut a little more until it's the right size. You can't uncut it!



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Reader Comments (2)

What a neat idea. You could also adjust the size and use this for an iPad case. Maybe add a little padding on the inside? All the possibilities.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdiy-aspirer

Great tutorial. From the finished photo, I did not notice the faux stitching; it actually looks like separate pieces stitched together. Thanks for sharing.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Durand

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