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This leather clutch is a great project for a beginner to working with leather. Even if you have experience, this is still a beautiful and simple clutch that will last for many years. I created this to carry around my phone and other small items which I tend to lose often. I didn't want to make anything fancy. After cutting and sewing, I then decided to only use leather and avoid any metal clasps. I enjoy how simple and ageless it is.

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Step 1: Materials for Leather Clutch

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  • Leather
    • Measurements - my piece was 9 inches wide by 15 3/4 inches long (feel free to adjust the size)
    • I bought this finished double-shoulder leather at a Tandy store - any leather would work just fine
    • Piece of suede lace to pull through the hole and tie up the clutch closed
  • Basic Leather Tools
    • Rawhide or wooden mallet
    • Spray bottle with water in it
    • Diamond Punch with four prongs (this is for making the sewing holes - there are lots of alternatives)
    • Hole Punch
    • Waxed braided cord/thread for sewing the leather & needles
    • Pliers - sometimes are needed when pulling needle through holes
    • Creasing tool - used to make an even line in preparation for stitching
    • Stitching Groover - this gouges a channel along the edge to prepare it for the holes & sewing
    • Utility Razor, Scissors & Measuring Tape or Ruler

Step 2: Cutting & Preparing the Leather

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The first step is to simply cut out the leather to the desired size. I cut my piece out with the measurements: 9 inches wide by 15 3/4 inches tall. After doing that, I sprayed the leather with water to make it pliable and then I folded the bottom part up approximately 5 1/2 inches.

After folding it up, I placed some heavy objects on it to let the crease take shape. Don't worry about folding the top down yet. My leather quickly dried and I was then ready to move onto the next step.

studleylee5 months ago

Awesome tooling work!!! I need to learn to stitch like that for tool pouches.

AAAHan7 months ago
Good !!!
dbressler38 months ago

Beautiful! I'm not clear on how the lace closure works since there are no pics of the back side of the clutch. What happens to the other end of the lace? Thanks! Good tutorial!

EurekaFactory8 months ago

This is lovely, and would make a much prettier "Roll Up" Charging station than the one I made out of shelf liner material. I see a mash-up in my future, and a really nice beginners leather working project. Thank you!

HollyMann (author)  EurekaFactory8 months ago

This is an excellent idea..:) I would like to make a rollup myself for the leather tools and some other things. :) Hope you have time to make one!!!

I will! I'm actually heading to an event up in Michigan next week, where I should be able to find some nice materials to create a new rollup station. My great grandfather was a carpenter and I remember he had a leather roll up with special tools in it. You knew something nice was going to happen when he unrolled that tool set.
bakdrft8 months ago

Nice Work!

HollyMann (author)  bakdrft8 months ago


watchmeflyy8 months ago

Love it!

HollyMann (author)  watchmeflyy8 months ago

Thanks so much :)

3366carlos8 months ago

niceeee. Can. U. Make me one?

HollyMann (author)  3366carlos8 months ago

Yes - right away!

shazni8 months ago

Very nice work :-)

HollyMann (author)  shazni8 months ago

Thanks Shazni!

jessyratfink8 months ago

So pretty! I'm about to do some leatherworking tutorials myself. It's addictive! :D

HollyMann (author)  jessyratfink8 months ago

Thanks Jessy! It is highly addictive! I can't wait to see what you make!

DachsieMommie8 months ago
This is just what I want to make. I have a husband who does car upholstery, so I have access to all kinds of leather scraps as well as an industrial sewing machine & all the tools I need. In fact, he just brought me some super soft (like butter & same color as your picture) good size pieces a couple of weeks ago. I have been thinking about what to do with it. Here's the answer. Thanks!
HollyMann (author)  DachsieMommie8 months ago

Thank you for the nice comment. I think that is really awesome your husband has access to lots of leather and an industrial sewing machine - that is a dream! I hope you have time to make one or some other leather pieces - it is a rewarding craft/hobby. Once I started recently, I have a hard time stepping away from it. I like the fact that leather seems to last a lifetime and you can make something useful and timeless in a way. :) I hope you share what you make with us on here! :)

Mark Montano8 months ago

Beautiful job!

HollyMann (author)  Mark Montano8 months ago

Thank you Mark!

jmdushi8 months ago
Simple is mostly beautiful but this one is gorgeous.
HollyMann (author)  jmdushi8 months ago

Thank you! That is so nice to say-I appreciate it!

doodlecraft8 months ago

Gorgeous! Great job Holly! :)

HollyMann (author)  doodlecraft8 months ago

Thanks so much Nat!