Inspired by this clutch tutorial on instructables, I came up with an idea to make this already easy to make clutch even MORE easy. Instead of using two fabrics for the upper and lining, I just used 1 piece of high quality wool felt. Then I decorated it with a bow made from this adorable bow tutorial
I think this clutch would be even cuter if it was made with a red bow and white felt — it’d be totally Hello Kitty chic!
- 1 piece of thick wool felt (i dont suggest craft felt)
- 1 piece of 1/8 in elastic 1-2 inches
- 1 button
- 1 piece of coordinating fleece or felt (optional)
First, cut yourself a rectangle. My dimensions were 22"x14", but you can make it any size you'd like.
Next, fold your felt in half (I folded it along the 14" edge) and then fold it one more time along the same edge but not all the way to see how your clutch will essentially look like closed. I like to try the button on, just to make sure it looks the way I want.
If you're like me and can't cut straight, here's where you can trim the edges of the opening of your clutch so they match. Set this aside.
Cut two pieces of felt about 3/4" thick and 14" long (Or, however long you want your strap to be x2. I like my strap long, so I can loop it anywhere on my arm). Sew along the long edge of the strap on either side to make a thick, sturdy strap. You can skip this step and just use one piece of felt if you don't care about how sturdy your strap is.
Once your sides are matched and your strap is ready, pin them together to prepare for sewing. Take your strap, fold it in half and pin it with the loop part facing the inside and the ends facing the outside, like so.
Sew along the two edges of your felt starting from the fold. Make sure to backstitch at the top and the bottom for more strength. I also like to backstitch a few times where the strap is to make sure it doesn't break off.
Snip off a triangle at the end of the square where your fold is to make your corners pointier when you turn it inside out. Turn your bag inside out.
Determine where you want your elastic to go and pin it to the edge the side you want to be the upper part of your clutch flap.Stitch on your elastic, making sure that the loop fits snugly around your button.
Hand-stitch your button.
Decorate your clutch any way you want! I used the ruffles and stuff tutorial linked at the beginning of this post made from a piece of fleece to decorate mine.