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DIY Tutorial: Faux Leather Zipper Clutch


DIY faux leather clutch

Today I have a super cute and easy tutorial on how to make your own faux leather zipper clutch. Simple leather clutches with contrasting zippers are all the rage right now and they’re so simple to make! The best part? This project can be tailored to your personal fashion sense –  you can make a clutch in any color or style you want for a totally custom look.

You Will Need:

Supplies needed clutch

  • About 1 yard of faux leather or vinyl in the color of your choice – those with soft backings work best (from fabric stores)
  • Fabric scissors or cutting tool
  • A zipper, ideally in a bold color (I used a 10″ zipper)
  • Pins
  • A ruler
  • A needle & thread or a sewing machine

Step One:

Use your ruler to measure out the size your want your clutch to be (mine was 10″ wide x 14 1/2″ long and my zipper was 10″ to match the width) and use your cutting tool to cut out two matching pieces of vinyl in the size you want.

Step one clutch

Step Two:

Lay your zipper and your first piece right sides together (as shown) and sew along the dotted area. If you are using a sewing machine, make sure you use a zipper foot.

Zipper step two clutch

Repeat this step with your other piece, making sure that the right sides are showing when you sew.

Alternate view take two clutch

Step Three:

Now that you have your zipper in place, your pieces should look something like this. Sew up the sides and bottom seams, as indicated by the dots below. (Don’t forget to lock your stitches.) Also, be sure to unzip the zipper about 3/4 of the way so you can turn your bag right side out.

Se lines zipper clutch

Zipper instruction clutch

Step Four:

Before turning your bag right side out, cut off the corners just below the sewn lines and make small snips along the sides of the clutch without cutting into the seams.

Snip edge part twoSnip edges after sew clutch

Step Five:

Turn your clutch right side out and shape the corners. Mine is a more rectangle shape so I folded the top over for an on-trend look. Now go out and rock your new awesome clutch!

Alternate finished clutch view

What do you think?

Do you like this DIY? Are you a fan of the zippered clutch trend? What colors would your pair together for this? Are you going to give it a try? Leave a comment and let us know!

Posted on on February 1, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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8 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Faux Leather Zipper Clutch”

  1. 1
    February 1st, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    This is fabulous, I never would have thought of making my own clutch…how much did the materials cost you?

  2. 2
    February 1st, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Great tutorial! And super cute ;)
    As someone who has quite a bit of sewing experience, though, let me warn you – zippers can be very tricky put in correctly. Although, usually that’s because it’s difficult to get the seam right up against the zipper teeth, while it looks like in this tutorial the idea is to leave a lot of the zipper showing…

  3. 3
    February 1st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I am totally making this. Thank you!

  4. 4
    February 1st, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Tiffany- The materials weren’t too much, zippers usually run a few dollars and the vinyl looks expensive by the yard but you can get them to cut less than a yard, I was lucky enough to find mine in a clearance bin at the craft store-look there first!

    Lauren- Yes! The idea was to get a color-block feel for the clutch with a bright pretty zipper contrasting against a darker color, and thanks for the tip! :)

  5. 5
    February 2nd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Great idea! and what is the nail polish color? It looks fab.

  6. 6
    February 4th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Just as an added tip: pressing the seams will give you a crisper clutch.

  7. 7
    February 4th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Rebeca- it’s Miss Fancy Pants by essie I’m in love with this color right now~

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