After hunting for months for a faux ostrich clutch in just the right size, with that little something extra, I finally gave up and decided why not make my own. One Saturday morning while my husband was still asleep I took off for Mood Fabrics and a few hours later came home with the materials to make exactly what I was not able to find online. Side note: Yes, I can spend hours in Mood Fabrics. It is seriously heaven and so easy to lose track of time in.
…and after this outfit post here, I immediately got several emails and comment requests to share how I made my clutch. So without further ado, here it is…
Clutch material (I used faux ostrich vinyl) Side note: for the size of my clutch I can get about two clutches out of 1/2 yard.
Clasp of your choice (I wanted a rustic look so I went for a horn toggle and leather tassel)
Something to mark your fabric with (sharpie was probably not the best idea but it worked for me as I just cut inside the marked line)
Sewing machine (you could probably also use needle and thread, this would just take longer)
Measure out and mark the size of the clutch you want (I did 12 x 9 with this one). Leaving an extra quarter to half inch around that measurement to pin and sew. Cut out your material. You will have two cut out pieces, one front and one back. For the back piece you will want to cut out extra length for the flap (my back piece measured 19 x 9).
Pin your two pieces of fabric together around the bottom and two sides of your clutch leaving the top open. When pinning make sure to have the back of the fabric (what will be the inside of the clutch) facing outwards. For my clasp I did a leather wrap around so I also pinned the leather into place. Sew along the three pinned sides. Remove pins.
Turn your clutch inside out.
Cut your flap in whatever shape you prefer (envelope, diagonal, straight across, etc.). You can sew along this line if you choose. I chose not to as, again, I was going for a more rustic look. Now secure whatever clasp you chose into place. For mine I punched two holes for the horn and secured it using the same leather I used for my wrap around.
…and voila a unique clutch and super easy diy! If any of you make one I would love to see it, please feel free to tweet, instagram or share pictures on my facebook page!