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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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Materials:

  • Leather
    • 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
    • Utility Razor, Scissors & Measuring Tape or Ruler

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watson12128 days ago

looks great:)

studleylee6 months ago

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

AAAHan8 months ago
Good !!!
dbressler39 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!

EurekaFactory9 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)  EurekaFactory9 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.
bakdrft9 months ago

Nice Work!

HollyMann (author)  bakdrft9 months ago

Thanks!!!

watchmeflyy9 months ago

Love it!

HollyMann (author)  watchmeflyy9 months ago

Thanks so much :)

3366carlos9 months ago

niceeee. Can. U. Make me one?

HollyMann (author)  3366carlos9 months ago

Yes - right away!

shazni9 months ago

Very nice work :-)

HollyMann (author)  shazni9 months ago

Thanks Shazni!

jessyratfink9 months ago

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

HollyMann (author)  jessyratfink9 months ago

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

DachsieMommie9 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)  DachsieMommie9 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 Montano9 months ago

Beautiful job!

HollyMann (author)  Mark Montano9 months ago

Thank you Mark!

jmdushi9 months ago
Simple is mostly beautiful but this one is gorgeous.
HollyMann (author)  jmdushi9 months ago

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

doodlecraft9 months ago

Gorgeous! Great job Holly! :)

HollyMann (author)  doodlecraft9 months ago

Thanks so much Nat!