About

Cost
$ $ $ $ $
Difficulty
• • • • •
Time
1h10

Now you can have a bag to match every pair of shoes!
I'm about a season and a half behind on this whole clutch-bag trend thing, so naturally right as I'm like "WOW, I WANT AN ENVELOPE CLUTCH", every store ever stops carrying them. So, I came up with this project.

The final size of my bag was about 9.5"x5" with a 3.5" tall flap.
This bag was SO EASY. There's kind of a lot of steps, but it didn't take a lot of time or sewing skills.
The amount of fabric you need depends on the size of your bag, but I used about 1/2 a fat quarter for the lining. (This is an awesome large scrap project!) And it's technically reversible!

If you don't understand something, I'd be more than happy to clarify!
**A few of the pictures got cut off. Click to enlarge!

Posted by Amy L. from Denver, Colorado, United States • Published See Amy L.'s 7 projects »
Tags

PrintEmbed
  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, make your pattern. I'm drawing mine on a piece of newspaper.

    Start with the body of the bag. The base (or width) of the bag should be your desired width, plus one inch for seam allowance. Also mark the middle of this line.

    Make the length (or height) of your bag 2 times your desired length, plus one inch for seam allowance. Connect the lines to make a rectangle.

    Go back to the center mark on your base. Draw straight up until you hit the top of your rectangle. Then continue the line for however long you want your flap to be. Connect the top of this extending line to the upper corners of the rectangle.

    Your pattern should be a rectangle with a triangle on top.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut two pieces of fabric from your pattern, one for the lining and one for the outer.

    The dark pink is my outer and the light pink is my lining.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Press both pieces flat.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 4
    Step 4

    I'm going to make an inside pocket on my bag to fit a few credit cards.

    Make the width of your bag your desired width + 1" for seam allowance.
    Do the same for your height.

    Hem top edge.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Approximate where you want the pocket to go. Center the width of the pocket and mark with pins.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pin and sew pocket in place.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Match outer and lining right-sides together and sew around, leaving the bottom edge open.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut corners.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Press side seams open.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 10
    Step 10

    Flip right-side out and press flat.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now fold the edge of the open bottom inward. Make sure it's flat and straight! Press.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pin and sew edge shut.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now, on the wrong side of the bag, mark about 1/2" down from where the flap starts. Do this one both sides.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold bag in half, right-sides together. Match the bottom edge of the bag up with your pin marks. Pin and sew sides in place.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 15
    Step 15

    Flip right-side out and press. Add any desired closures or applique, etc.

  • How to make an envelope clutch. Envelope Clutch - Step 16
    Step 16

    Ta-da! You're done! Enjoy your new envelope clutch!

Made this project? Share your version »

Comments