DIY envelope clutch

3.08.2011
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(vintage romper, river island feather headband)

I’ve been wanting an oversized clutch for a while now, especially since I laid eyes on that Celine clutch shot by Tommy Ton for style.com. Its minimalism is so beautiful. Then, I saw the Clare Vivier La Pochette on ofakind.com and instantly knew what my next DIY would be. I couldn’t decide what color fabric to choose, so... why not make 2? The steps are pretty simple and I probably could’ve made 10!! But alas… I restrained myself and settled on 2… I made one in cocoa brown leather and one in coral faux python. Excited to put these to good use throughout the coming spring season…

72 comments:

Carolann DeMatos said...

You've talked me into it ... I am going to try it! If I was going to use fabric would recommend linning it for a little extra structure or what?

Carolann | http://www.wonderpuggraphics.com/blog

Steffy's Pro's and Con's said...

amazing, i love how simple it is to make and it looks so good!

<3 steffy
steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

kat said...

i want to make one!!!!

augustalolita said...

wow i love it in red!!

vanessa said...

awesome!

char said...

omg! this is great! i'm so going to try this.

Alina S. said...

This is so cool! I think it is one of my favorite projects. Must try asap.

Karissa said...

love this diy ! & thanks for the reply/visit - the lipstick is "Make Up For Ever" at Sephora, but not sure what its name is ! sorry !

xoxo,
www.thelushfleet.blogspot.com

Mary_♥ said...

*.* I'm in love with it!! As soon as my sewing machine is fixed I'm going to try this!! Even if I'm completely unable to do these beautiful things...
You are amazingly good!!

Juley said...

Aimee! I've been dying for a simple oversized clutch. You need an Etsy store so I can buy all of your DIYs since I'm just too busy to do any myself.

About the Leather Saddleback bag - it's very structured, heavy, and the leather doesn't give easily. I think I might have to throw it around a big more to break it in. I haven't seen any laptop bags but I'm sure you can make your own even better. =P

Posting the poncho soooooon.

Veronica said...

So cool! There's no words!
Follow me? I'd be very happy if you do it!
Thank you so much!
www.cipollainspiration.blogspot.com

Collections said...

This is gorgeous, what a great idea!

www.fashionablecollections.blogspot.com

whyeverythingisinteresting said...

This is ABSOLUTELY fantastic I've been looking after these since i saw taylor tomasi sport one. On my immediately to do list. You think the material might be too think for a sewing machine to handle??

www.whyeverythingisinteresting.wordpress.com

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Uncle Lee said...

Hi Swell Mayde, Wow! I love this. Really stylish too.
And for those handy with needle and thread, can give a try too.
Looks quite simple.....I think, ha ha.
Have a nice day, Best regards, Lee.

April said...

wow this is an amazing DIY! definitely gonna try it :D

ape-z.blogspot.com

The Odd and Chic said...

AH-MAZING! Love the romper and the giant clutch!!!!

http://www.oddandchic.com

xxx

Fabienne said...

I love your pictures! How do you create the instrunction picture? Do you have a specific program?
xoxo

http://readingabadromance.blogspot.com/

onyx feather said...

AHHHH! have been dreaming of a tutorial like this!

Kate S. said...

Perfect!
I reblogged!

www.kate-inspired.blogspot.com

Gloria said...

So glad I stumbled upon your blog!! You're so creative and the instructions of you DIY are so clear. Can't wait to make this! Thanks again

Ellie said...

I'm lovin all your DIY projects so far and can't wait to see more!!!

. said...

did you use an industrial sewing machine for this? Or just a normal one?

viv said...

i'm making thisss! i just bought some red fabric for it :)

Karina F. said...

I'm a fan XD
I make the bag with your "tutorial image" .. thank youuuu.. if you want see my result..
http://sowhatkarina.blogspot.com/2011/05/ho-ucciso-un-coccodrillo-per-una.html

Gemma said...

Hi! I've loved your tutorial so I've wrote a post with this link, I hope that you don't mind!

Here's the link!

nikkibit said...

This is positively fantastic! Great diy... very excited to explore the rest of your blog to see what else you've come up with!
Nikki

" ***As 3 Marias Atelier " said...

wonderful!!!!
I loved it!
Gigi Oki

Assitan said...

OMG! It's seems so easy and it's so beautiful, I'll try very soon.
Thank you so much.
Kiss from France!
Assitan
http://stylesbyassitan.blogspot.com

Eye Candy Special said...

Hi, can this be hand sewed? and exactly what type of vinyl do I need is it the one they used on the floor or what type of leather is it the same one for furniture?

rshcallender@yahoo.com

Ashleigh said...

Hey, just wondering where you got the brown leather for your clutch, cant seem to find any ANYWHERE!!!!

elle said...

amazing ideaaa!!!!

futuregirl said...

Great tutorial! Simple, clear, detailed = Perfect. xoxo!

terriela said...

It seems so simple to make, yours turned out great ! I will definitely be trying it sometime this week. :)

Anonymous said...

This would make such a cute laptop case! I'm going to make a case like this for my kindle! So adorable.

WonderWoman25 said...

Love this DIY! Thanks for sharing! I'll have to try one day! Do you sell them?

XOXO
Shels
http://followyourbliss4ever.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

This is genius.

Jessi said...

I wanted to let you know I featured your tutorial on my blog and gave it a try myself. Thanks for the great instructions!
http://jessalynnedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-envelope-bag.html

Anonymous said...

Loved!
I made a video, "DIY: Envelope Clutch" on Youtube, take a look! ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHcMnDmEB4A

Custom Business Cards said...

What a fabulous opportunity. Thanks to DL Envelopes and the folks at Dow Printing.

Dani Marie said...

I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! :) http://danimariedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/2011-ultimate-diy-gift-guide.html

To Catch A Thrift said...

These are beautiful!! One question: Did you use an industrial strength sewing machine to run the leather through? I am worried that my inexpensive brother sewing machine wouldn't be able to handle leather, but i'd love to make it!

H+J said...

So beautiful, definitely making one, but where do you get fake leather, and do you need a certain type of sewing machine, i don't want to break mine!
Thank you for the instructions :)

kmcnamara3 said...

Great idea! I'm with some of the other readers! Where did you get the leather? Especially colored leather? I'm struggling to find a place that has it all!

kmcnamara3@mail.smcvt.edu

SOA said...

OMG! This literally made me excited to share Christmas gifts. I was looking for inspiration for DIY gifts to create for my business' blog, http://Kisabysoa.com, and BOOM! here you go!!!!! I am so excited to create this for my fashionista friends. Thank you so much!

hellomomo said...

Love your clutches, I made myself one too (with upcycled vinyl from old movie posters) and I love it! Thanks for sharing! :)

Lulu said...

Oooh, can't wait to try this tonight! Is there a good online fabric retailer that I can use for weird neon colored faux stuff?

kristina said...

i saw this on feast.fashion.faves ~ so so cute!!
xx ~ k

Estelle said...

Oh my, this is so cute. I've been dying for an oversized clutch and I love yours. Will you make one for me, too? Are you selling them? Seriously? Well done, lady and your outfit is super cute too.

kellyelizabeth said...

AH I love this!! I am definitely trying this out, but maybe a smaller version. thanks for the idea!

-kelly

Alex DeJoy said...

what a great idea and oh so simple! your ideas are awesome!

sparkleswoon.blogspot.com

--alex

Anna said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern. Been wanting to make one but I'm afraid that I'll make a mess and get so much excess fabric.

Paper Moon said...

i love this. its pretty simple too. thanks for sharing. x

EmerJa said...

Thankss!! I'm going to try it:) I love DIYs and I post some tutorials sometimes on my blog. Visit it if your want to have some ideas:)

www.emerjadesign.com

Camille said...

this is TOO amazing.

can i ask where you got the faux leather? we have a hobby lobby here...

i adore feauturing good fashion DIYs. i will be back.

cheers.

Isabella (Crafter) said...

It looks amazing :)

I made a list of Clutch tutorials on my blog <3
You're in it, hope thats okay :)
http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.com/2012/02/lot-of.html

Anonymous said...

I made this today. I used a quilted fabric instead of the faux leather or vinyl. It came out wonderful.

Roofer Colorado Springs said...

I love this! It's so simple and cute, I looove clutches.

Jenn said...

Thanks for the diy instructions! They seem simple and easy! I hope that I have time to make a clutch soon!

Marina said...

Like your idea! I will try it!

xx
biskvittka.blogspot.com

jelena habulan said...

Hey I just came across your blog and I find it very helpful,very stylish all the compliments ....apsolutly love this bag ...Keep up the good work ....xoxo

Joseph said...

Do every business card needs envelop or is it ok to give business card without envelop?
Gift Card printing
Scratch Cards
Plastic Business Cards

Annabella Merlin said...

This is definitely cute! I love the glamor this easy DIY envelope clutch produces.

Annabella MErlin
Creative Photo Albums

féenambulle said...

Thanks for the instruction, I'll try it soon!

Güler said...

it is so cute! and my diy clutch --> http://gkdone.blogspot.com/2012/05/clutch-bag.html

Christina's Blog said...

I need to try this! Soo cute and looks simple enough!

Muhammad Atif said...

I am definitely trying this out, but maybe a smaller version. thanks for the idea, Send gifts to Pakistan.

Sukran Kirtis said...

Great idea,love it

Meghan Mabey said...

Can you provide measurements for the two equal-sized panels on the clutch? They should be 13.5" x _____. I'm just not sure how much of a space you left between the uppermost fold and the spot where the 19.5" side meets the flap, so I don't know how tall to make those two panels. Thank you!

swellmayde said...

Hi Meghan,

I left about 1/4", so that it closes nicely when something is inside it. I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to email me with any other questions. Thanks! :)

Kristine said...

Would really love to try this for my friends' gifts this year. I had bought them each clutches last christmas but making it myself is that bit more special.

Meghan Mabey said...

Thank you so much! That's exactly what I was wondering. One last question...how well do things (like a wallet) fit in the clutch with the bottom the way it is? Would you recommend leaving another 1/4" in between the two panels so that the bottom of the clutch is more square? Thank you for your help, I'm making one today :-)

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