In my past life I was a handbag designer, and sometimes I still get the itch to create beautiful accessories. With a couple pieces of leather, or faux leather, and less than one hour, I came up with this modern DIY envelope clutch – it’s exactly what’s missing from your closet!
How to Make A Faux Leather Envelope Clutch
By Lauren Koster Creative
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- Lia Griffith Low-temp Cordless Glue Gun
Leather or faux leather
1" Wood beads
½" Wood rings
I love designer-inspired, simple, minimal design, and this clutch is just that. The addition of the tassel is optional, but I think it adds just the right amount of flair. The mix of materials provides visual and textural interest, and the touch of raw wood makes it perfectly on trend.
I also made a little coordinating friend to the clutch – a mini wallet or coin purse – that’s perfect for those little odds and ends.
Tools Needed To Make The Clutch:
I used tools from the new DIY Precision tool line from Fiskars®. To start, choose between using either the Fiskars® PowerCut™ Shears, which are an amazing choice to power through thicker materials like leather, or the Fiskars® Heavy-duty Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter (65mm). If you’re a true beginner, I recommend the shears, otherwise feel free to try out the rotary - either way you'll end up with crisp, precise cut lines for your leather bag. To protect your work surface, especially if you’re using the rotary cutter, make sure you lay down the Fiskars® Cutting Mat – DIY (18" x 24"). To make the most accurate measurements, use the Fiskars® Metal Ruler (18"). The last two tools you’ll need are the Fiskars® Precision Hammer and Fiskars® Lia Griffith Low-Temp Cordless Glue Gun for adhering your leather and clasp together.
Materials Needed to Make the Clutch:
You’ll also need to gather materials. The most important element is your base – select either leather or faux leather in the color of your choice. You’ll also need a leather punch, or depending on the thickness of your materials you could try using the Fiskars 1/8" Circle Hand Punch, and snap kit to help adhere the leather to form your envelope shape, as well as wood beads (I used 1"), wood rings (I used 1/2") and a wax cord.
How to Make a Faux Leather Envelope Clutch:
Step 1. Cut the leather. Use the shears or rotary cutter to cut your leather or faux leather to a 15" square. I used the ruler to measure this out on the back side of my material and drew a light line to help me cut straight.
Step 2. Punch a hole. Fold three corners of the cut leather into the center of the material and punch a hole through all three corners. You may be able to punch all three together or, depending on how thick your material is, you may need to punch them separately. Just make sure they all line up and that each hole can meet together.
Step 3. Insert snap. Follow the directions on your snap kit to insert the male snap on the bottom of the clutch. It will fit snuggly into the holes you just made in step 2. Once inserted, use the hammer to secure.
Step 4. Glue seams. I wanted this to be a super easy and fast no-sew clutch. For this step, use your glue gun to glue the bottom seams together, leaving the top flap open. You can also use adhesive fabric tape for this step if you don't have a glue gun on hand.
Step 5. Punch a hole. Use the leather punch to make a hole in the top flap. Be sure to place it far enough above the corner so that the entire snap will fit. This hole will need to match up with the first snap you inserted in step 3.
Step 6. Insert snap. Repeat Step 3, but this time follow the instructions to add the female snap to the top flap. Use the hammer again to secure the snap to the flap.
Step 7. Trim corners. Using the shears, trim the top two corners to smooth down the fabric when folded.
Step 8. Cut tassel material. Cut a 3" x 4" piece of leather for the tassel. You can use the same color to create a modern monochromatic look or try a complimentary color to add more vibrancy.
Step 9. Cut fringe for tassel. Using the shears, cut strips about 1/4" wide into the leather, stopping about 1/2" from the top.
Step 10. String the bead. Loop a length of wax cord and string through the wood bead. Then, loop the wax cord around the wood ring.
Step 11. Assemble the tassel. Place the wax cord tail at the end of your cut fringe – be sure the bead is close to the tassel material. Glue together and roll the tassel. The wax cord will end up in the middle of the tassel to help hold its shape.
Step 12. Cut a tassel attachment. Cut a strip of leather to wrap around inside the wood ring and attach to the flap. Mine was about 1/4" wide and about 3" long.
Step 13. Cut a slit in the top flap. Gently fold the top flap in half, being careful to keep your material even. Make a small cut, unfold and cut more if necessary. This should fit the tassel attachment snuggly without puckering.
Step 14. Secure tassel. Add glue to the tassel attachment under the flap. This bag is perfect for a special occasion or can add a pop of color to a look for a night out.
How to Make a Faux Leather Wallet:
For this project, you’ll need the same materials and supplies we used for our envelope clutch.
Step 1. Cut the leather. Use the same PowerCut™ shears or 65mm rotary cutter to cut your leather or faux leather to a 6" square.
Step 2. Punch a hole. Like we did in step 2 of our envelope clutch, fold three corners of your square into the center and punch a hole. Depending on how thick your material is, you may need to punch them separately, but make sure they all line up. Remember, you can try to use the Fiskars 1/8" Circle Hand Punch for this step depending on the thickness of your material.
Step 3. Insert snap. Follow the directions on your snap kit to insert the male snap on the bottom of the wallet where you just punched your holes. Use the hammer to ensure the snap is secure.
Step 4. Glue seams. Use the glue gun or adhesive fabric tape to glue the bottom seams together.
Step 5. Punch a hole. Use a leather punch to make a hole in the top flap. Be sure to place it far enough above the corner so that the entire snap will fit and confirm it will meet up with the bottom snap already adhered to the wallet.
Step 6. Insert snap. Like in step 3, follow the instructions on your snap kit to add the female snap to the top flap.
Step 7. Trim corners. Using the shears, trim the corners to smooth down the fabric when folded.
Step 8. Enjoy!