Creating Lovely For Less

A diy clutch as you like it

More Scrap Fabric Creations


Clutch it or Bag it…

Adding a 45” long strap makes it a shoulder bag


Small and Flexible

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a clutch bag with a zipper it’s pretty easy. In particular, the styles featured on this page are versatile. With a little twist, each can be a handbag or a clutch. Plus they do not require lots of fabric; in some cases, a 16” x 6” rectangle of fabric is all you’ll need. With such small-scale material requirements, scrap fabric is a practical source.


1-piece Fold Over Clutch

All prettied-up with a pendant from a broken fashion necklace

Fold over clutch purse in a jiffy

The clutch at left sparkles with its fashion jewelry pendant accent. It was made with a scrap of knit fabric from a gown. The beauty of these little fabric clutch purses is there are endless options. A rectangle or square of fabric big enough to hold cards keys and a few other essentials is the main ingredient. Wrist straps, embellishments and closures also offer myriad choices. Zippers are easy; you get complete closure in one shot. Still, buttons and magnetic snaps are not difficult either. Explore to find your preference. Adding inside pockets are easy and works to keep the contestants of your purse organized. They don’t have to be zippered; sewing patch pockets to lining is novice-friendly -you decide.


Denim Fold Over Clutch

Made with one piece of fabric scrap and trimmed with another

One-Piece Fold over Cluth with frayed trim

The clutch at right was made with a 22” x 12” rectangle of denim and trimmed with a strip of printed cotton about 12” x 3” . Notice how the frayed edges of the denim on an angle? That’s a direct result of how the fabric was woven. As I wasn’t prepared to let go of my piece of warped denim, I incorporated it in the design. In the photos below, observe the layout. You will notice slanted lines at both short edges of the outer fabric. Since it wasn’t going to hang from a body or a curtain rod, there was no need to worry about the distorted weft.

Occasionally, during the manufacturing process, the weft or crosswise yarns in fabric wind up uneven. If it’s a not a print and you can locate the vertical grain, it’s sometimes usable. If you are unsure though, you might be better off creating items that are not clothing; as in the case of the clutch at left.

I’ve written about uneven warp yarns in another post; to access the information, click on the button directly below.


Clutch Bag With Zipper

Made with two scraps of fabric and trimmed with a fabric tassel.

Still more clutch purse options

Though the clutch at left was made with two different pieces of fabric, it is a variation of the one-piece clutches featured above. The main differences are: the fabrics were pieced together before construction; and the zipper location was set differently. If that sounds technical or complicated, it isn’t. All it means is, instead of folding the body of the purse in half to close the side seams, set the zipper in a desired spot and stitch in the same way. For information on inserting zippers click the button below.


There are many reasons for making your own fabric clutch and it varies from person to person. For me; it’s a combination of things: I’m a creative soul who loves sewing; It’s a quick way to come up with a handmade gift; and I get exactly what I want -every time!

Whatever your reasons, it’s worth a try. Take a look around; maybe you have a pretty scrap of fabric waiting to become a stunning DIY clutch.

As always, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read.