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.
Step 1: Materials for Leather Clutch
- Measurements - my piece was 9 inches wide by 15 3/4 inches long (feel free to adjust the size). If you don't have a leather store nearby, I noticed some leather pieces being sold on Amazon that would work, like this one: Leather Medium Brown Cowhide 10" X 18"
- 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 - the wooden ones are pretty cheap: Wooden Mallet-10"X4"X1.75"
- Spray bottle with water in it
- Diamond Punch with four prongs (this is for making the sewing holes - there are lots of alternatives) - here is a nice set and a good deal: Flat Chisel Hole Punch Tool Kit
- 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
- If you really want to get into leather tooling, here is a multi-tool that can be used for creasing & the groover - 7 in 1 Tool Groover & Creasing Edge Beveler
- Utility Razor, Scissors & Measuring Tape or Ruler
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