DIY Leather Clutch

Happy Fourth of July! We had quite a rainy Fourth of July weekend so we had to spent much of it inside – boo. The rain gave me a good opportunity to post this DIY Leather Clutch that I’ve been wanting to post for awhile.

This DIY Leather Clutch (or wallet – multipurpose!) makes for a perfect gift. It’s super simple and you can make multiples for less than $10!

I found a bag of assorted leather remnants from Hobby Lobby on sale for about $6. If you choose your bag right, there are several large scraps of leather from which you can make these great wallets. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or just don’t have time to go, you can an check out these options on Amazon. 

 

Directions

I started out with a piece that was approximately 8″x12″. The finished product with be approximately 8″x4″, large enough to fit an iphone 6+.

First, create a fold four inches up from the bottom.

DIY Leather Clutch

Make a point that measures 2″ from the right side. (I used a metallic sharpie so you can see the lines in the photos; however, a color that matches the leather is ideal, as the metallic may rub off onto the leather.) Draw two lines down from the point – approx. 1.5″ down on the right side and 3″ on the left as shown below.

DIY Leather Clutch

Cut along those lines.

DIY Leather Clutch

This next step is optional depending on the thickness of cord or hemp. To make it easier to “sew” through the two ply of leather, I taped the edges together (with red tape as shown below) and used a mini hole punch to create holes along the edge of both sides.

DIY Leather Clutch

Next, create two strips of leather approx. 1/3″ wide and 10″ long.

DIY Leather Clutch

Then, start sewing the sides together. Create a knot on the interior of the fold and loop out and around the bottom as shown below.

DIY Leather Clutch

I did a whip stitch along the edges. You could also do a normal sewing stitch.

DIY Leather Clutch

DIY Leather Clutch

The 1/3″ stripes should be positioned as below –

strip 1: 1″ from the bottom on the right side, 3″ on the left.

strip 2: 2.5″ from the bottom on the right side, 1.5″ from the left.

DIY Leather Clutch

Once you get to the top, create an interior double knot to finish the stitch.

DIY Leather Clutch

The top folds over and is held in place by the two strips.

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