How To Make An Envelope Clutch Purse

If you’re like me you can never have too many bags! Today on HappiestCamper, we are going to show you how to make an envelope clutch purse. Not only is it nice to have a smaller purse that you can carry around with you but it also means that you don’t have to worry about having a purse full of junk, either. If your purse is anything like mine, it’s loaded down with a ton of things that you don’t need. This purse helps to eliminate that and make certain that you only carry the essentials. Instead of lugging around your giant purse, why not make this smaller version instead?

How To Make An Envelope Clutch Purse

This purse will make a great addition to any wardrobe and is really simple to make. You only need a few supplies and some cute fabric. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed to Sew This Clutch Purse

supplies needed to make Envelope Clutch Purse

How To Make An Envelope Clutch Purse

clipping the edges for Envelope Clutch Purse

I start every project by washing, drying, and pressing my fabric. This helps my stitches not pull out later because the fabric shrank in the wash. Next, cut your fabric as stated in the supply list above. Pin or clip the main fabric and flap pieces right sides together, and using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew pieces together.

folding the fabrics for Envelope Clutch Purse

Using a warm iron, press open your seams. Attach your interfacing, shiny or bumpy side down, to the wrong side of the outside clutch piece. Use a warm iron to press it into the fabric. The interfacing will help add some structure to your envelope clutch purse. Once that is done, turn the piece right side out. 

clipping the sides of the Envelope Clutch Purse

Fold your outside clutch piece right sides together, making sure your top is matched up nice and even, and pin or clip the sides together. 

sewing the Purse together

Next on this how to sew an envelope clutch sewing tutorial, it’s time to sew the sides together. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew down the sides.

sewing the seams of the Envelope Clutch Purse

Fold your lining right sides together, making sure your top is matched up nice and even, and pin or clip the sides together. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew sides together. Using a warm iron, press open your seams. Turn the lining piece for your envelop clutch purse right side out. 

You are about halfway through this how to make an envelope clutch purse sewing tutorial!

ironing and folding the top edge

Using a warm iron, fold the top of your outside piece back ½” (from the outside, back towards the inside) and press. Repeat this step with the lining.

showing the opening at the top

Making sure the right sides are together, slip the lining inside the outside piece of the clutch. Line up the outside seams and pin or clip into place. We will sew it together in the next step.

sewing the two edges of the Envelope Clutch Purse

Move around the top and making sure the top is matched up nice and even, and pin or clip in place.  Sew it with a 1/2″ Seam allowance.

using sewing machine to sew edge of the Envelope Clutch Purse

For the final sewing step in this how to make an envelope clutch tutorial, topstitch around the top of the clutch with a ¼” seam allowance.

Final Envelope Clutch Purse

Fold flap over and using a warm iron, press your clutch until the flap sits nice and flat. Your new envelope clutch purse is done! If you enjoyed this how to make an envelope clutch purse sewing tutorial, be sure to let us know! Since a clutch purse isn’t very big, you’re not going to be able to store large items. But items like car keys, makeup, and even your phone will fit just fine. Just remember that a clutch is meant to be a solution for taking items into a place or activity but isn’t really an item that you’d want to use all the time.

Fun Ways to Gift This Clutch Purse

If you’re looking for a really great DIY gift idea, this clutch purse can be great. It’s a super simple way to give a homemade gift that is affordable and fast to make. As a matter of fact, this beginner sewing activity just might be a great way to get started with your gifting.

You can put a gift card in it and give it to friends or fill it full of fun makeup or other little trinkets as well. If you have an idea of a way to fill it and gift it to others, this is a simple way to make it happen.

Everyone loves a homemade gift and this is a really good one that is something that a lot of people will actually use. Plus you can change up the fabric to make many different clutches as well!

If you liked learning how to make an envelope clutch purse, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How to make an envelope clutch purse

Envelope Clutch Purse create card

Want to leave your giant purse at home? We show you how to make an envelope clutch purse! This super simple sewing tutorial will have you making your own cute purse in about half an hour. Great for running errands where you don't want to carry your larger bag.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Instructions

  1. Cut your fabric as stated in the supply list above. Pin or clip the main fabric and flap pieces right sides together.
  2. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew pieces together.
  3. Using a warm iron, press open your seams. Attach your interfacing, shiny or bumpy side down, to the wrong side of the outside clutch piece.
  4. Turn piece right side out.
  5. Fold your outside clutch piece right sides together, making sure your top is matched up nice and even, and pin or clip the sides together.
  6. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew sides together.
  7. Fold your lining right sides together, making sure your top is matched up nice and even, and pin or clip the sides together.
  8. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew sides together. Using a warm iron, press open your seams. Turn piece right side out.
  9. Using a warm iron, fold the top of your outside piece back ½” (from the outside, back towards the inside) and press. Repeat with the lining.
  10. Making sure the right sides are together, slip the lining inside the outside piece of the clutch. Line up the outside seams and pin or clip into place.
  11. Move around the top and making sure the top is matched up nice and even, and pin or clip in place.
  12. Using a ½” seam allowance, sew into place.
  13. Topstitch around the top of the clutch with a ¼” seam allowance.
  14. Fold flap over and using a warm iron, press your clutch until the flap sits nice and flat.
  15. Enjoy your new purse and take it out for a spin!

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