This clutch is "sew" simple—it's an open-and-shut case. All you need are three rectangles: one cotton batting, one print for the exterior, and one print for the lining.

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Create a classic envelope clutch that’s just the right size for toting your everyday essentials. Customize your handmade bag with your favorite fabric—we chose a bold floral pattern. This timeless style can be dressed up for a night out or tossed in a tote bag for casual weekend adventures. Sew your own DIY envelope clutch with our simple step-by-step instructions. You don't need much fabric to create this simple sewn bag and we're sharing our free sewing pattern. This easy sewing project makes a great handmade holiday gift, festive stocking stuffer, or inexpensive birthday present.

hand putting lipstick in flowered envelope clutch
Credit: Brie Passano

How to Make an Envelope Clutch

Supplies Needed

  • 12x21-1/2 inch fabric rectangle (for clutch exterior)
  • 12x21-1/2 inch fabric rectangle (for lining)
  • 12x21-1/2 inch rectangle of low-loft cotton batting
  • Fabric shears or scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Quilter’s pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Hook-and-loop tape for closure (optional)

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few simple sewing skills and these easy how-to instructions, you can create a handmade envelope clutch. You should be able to complete this craft project in about an hour.


Step 1: Layer the Fabrics

Layer the exterior fabric rectangle and the lining fabric rectangle with right sides together. Place them atop the batting rectangle with all edges aligned (Diagram 1).


Step 2: Fold Corners

Referring to Diagram 2, fold in the corners at one short end until they meet in the middle (as if you're starting to make a paper airplane). Press the folds with an iron ($26, The Home Depot) to crease the fabrics.


Step 3: Cut to Create Shape

Unfold the pressed corners and cut through all layers on the pressed lines (Diagram 3) to make the deconstructed envelope shape.


Step 4: Stitch and Turn

Referring to Diagram 4 and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew around the deconstructed envelope leaving a 4 inch opening along the bottom edge. To make it easier to keep the raw edges even, you may want to pin the layers together before beginning to sew. Sew with the batting on the bottom against the machine bed to prevent layers from shifting.

Turn the deconstructed envelope right side out through the opening. Use a pencil eraser or chopstick to push the corner points out smoothly. Press, turning the seam allowance at the unsewn opening under 1/2 inch so the bottom edge is straight.


Step 5: Stitch Bottom Edge

Machine-stitch across the bottom edge using a wide zigzag stitch, making sure the right-hand swing of the needle goes just off the edge of the fabric. You will be stitching through three layers at this point.


Step 6: Form Envelope

With the point at the top and the lining fabric facing up, fold the bottom edge up 7 inches to form an envelope pocket. Pin each side edge, making sure the top edge is straight. Backstitching at the beginning and ending of each seam, zigzag-stitch each 7-inch turned-up edge (Diagram 5). Again, make sure the right-hand swing of the needle goes just off the right-hand edge of the fabric. You'll be stitching through six layers at this point.

two hands holding flowered envelope clutch
Credit: Brie Passano

Step 7: Add Closure

Fold the pointed flap over to make the envelope clutch. Position the hook-and-loop tape ($3, Hobby Lobby) closure in the desired position and hand-stitch in place to secure. If desired, sew a button to the outside of the flap as a faux closure.


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