Learn how to make a clutch purse from leather with ribbon and yarn detailing. This DIY bag is made big enough to hold your wallet and anything else you might need to carry while on-the-go. Plus, it can be worn any time of the year. This sewing tutorial is designed to be a stashbuster (yay!) which means it uses up the bits and pieces we all save from previous sewing projects we’ve made.
This DIY clutch makes a great DIY gift to give to your friends, and it will only cost a fraction of what you would spend at a store. Plus, you can easily customize this yarn craft to suit your needs. Let’s get started!
Morana Leather DIY Clutch
- Exacto Knife
- Fabric Scissors
- College Ruled Paper
- Clear Ruler
- Random bits of embroidery thread
- Random bits of yarn
- Random bits of ribbon
- Paper Clips
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut a rectangle of leather 24 in. x 13 in.
Step 2: With your marker, segment the wrong side of your leather rectangle. For the first segment (A) measure out 9 inches, for the second segment (B) measure another 9 inches, for the third segment (C) 6 inches will be left over. Now on segment C, on the 13 inch edge, measure in 6.5 inches and mark as dot (D).
Step 3: Take segment C and measure up 3 inches (splitting the 6 inch sided in half) and mark with a small dot. With your clear ruler draw a line connecting your small dots to dot D. Cut away the excess leather.
Step 4: Fold the end of segment A to match segment line B (right sides together). Hold in place with paper clips and stitch with a quarter inch seam allowance. Flip inside out.
Step 5: Take your marker and draw quarter inch slits vertically, each being three quarters of an inch up from the bottom of your segment C.
Step 6: Take your marker and draw half inch slits horizontally a quarter inch up from your previous row of slits.
Step 7: Take your marker and draw another row of half inch slits an inch above the previous row.
Step 8: Draw one last row of quarter inch slits vertically, each being a quarter inch up from the previous row of slits.
At the end of steps 5 through eight your lines should look like this:
Step 9: Take your exact-o knife and cut your pre-drawn slits.
Step 10: Take your random bits of yarn, ribbon, and embroidery thread. Weave them through the slits. Feel free to cut the excess leather you have left and weave it through the slits as well!
Keep weaving and playing around until all the slits are filled. I even found a few old earrings I added as well!
I hope you found this DIY clutch purse both fun and easy. Another idea for this project is to convert the dimensions in step 1 to your laptop and make a fun DIY laptop case. To see my other work, you can check out my website here.
Which stashbusters will you use to decorate your DIY bag?