Clutch Bag DIY

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


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.


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


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″


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.



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”.

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.



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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