Clutch Bag DIY

Halloween is in a couple days so that means other holidays and holiday parties are coming soon…

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With the holidays coming, I would need a clutch for the parties and dinner gatherings. I really wanted to purchase one but I’m on a budget so I make one.

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Materials I used:

  • Faux leather/vinyl (I bought a half yard and it was more than enough)
  • Fabric for lining
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Magnetic snaps
  • 2 D-rings
  • Chain
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread and needle

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Cut out on faux leather and fabric:

A. (1) 15.5″ x 8.5″, then 1/2″ all around (I also marked the sections where I want the 2.5″ by 8.5″ flap, front and back face of the bag, and the 1″ bottom).

B. (2)  1″ x 8.5″ for the side

Then, sew the fabric onto the back of the faux leather (I left the top and bottom of A not sewed so I could put in the magnetic snap later)

Cut out on faux leather only:

C. (2)  2″ x .75″ for the tab to hold the strap

D. (1) circle .5″ all around

E. (1) 5″ x 8.5″

F. (1) 3.5″ x 7.5″

G. (1) 3″ x 7.5″

H. (1) 2.5″ x 7.5″

I. (1) 2″ x 7.5″

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I sewed the pieces H and I together down the middle. Then, placed pieces E, F, G, H, I on top of each other and sewed together along the sides with the top open. This will be sewn later into the inside of the bag.

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The top and bottom, where it was not sewn closed, should be the flap area and I inserted the magnetic snaps there before sewing it closed.

With the piece (E to I) I pinned it onto where I wanted it situated. Then, I sewed along the seams for pieces A and B and making sure that the pieces from E to I are also sewed (sandwiched between these seams).

After I flipped it out, I sewed piece D onto the end of the “flap”.

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It could be left as is but I prefer bags that have  I inserted one of the pieces from C into the D ring and fold in half. Then, I sewed this onto the side and attached a chain onto the D-ring.

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And it’s finally completed! This actually took me a while since the material is a bit hard to handle and it was a little hard to sew for my sewing machine. On some parts where the machine couldn’t sew it, I had hand sewed a bit of it.

For my first time making a clutch bag, I think it came out pretty nicely though, of course, it can’t be compared to a store purchased one. I’m also pretty excited for the holidays and I can’t wait to try bringing this out to a dinner.

Are you ready for the holidays?

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