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)
- 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
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.