I've been seeing envelope clutches all over Pinterest lately and I've been brainstorming about how to make my own. I recently bought a good deal of leather from Tandy and got a bit of leather that looked like it would great for an envelope clutch. :D
This weekend I decided to draw up my own envelope clutch pattern and document how to make it - I've attached the pattern on step two for download.
If you've got everything on hand you should be able to make the clutch in about 15 minutes. :)
Step 1: What you'll need:
- an 18 x 22 piece of thin/medium leather or pleather
- scissors/x-acto knife
- rotary punch
- 7 mm screwback button stud
- pattern (found on next step)
If you want your envelope clutch to be reversible, make sure to choose a leather where you like both sides. One side of the piece I'm using is vinyl-y, the other is suede-y.
Also choose a leather than can fold easily on itself - if it's too thick, it'll be hard to work with.
Step 2: Download the pattern and cut the clutch out
Many of the free clutch patterns I looked at just didn't look large enough for me, so I decided to make my own pattern.
This pattern results in a 5 x 7 inch clutch, just big enough to hold your phone, a little money and something else. :)
I drafted it out on paper and then covered in it masking tape and cut it out - this results in a stiffer pattern you can store and use again later!
You can download the pattern below. Print it out at full size (no scaling!) and line up the arrows. Tape the pages together and cut out.