DIY Gingham Envelope Clutch

I found this adorable orange gingham print fabric wandering around the stalls in Sham Shui Po and thought it’d make the cutest  summer clutch. I love this oversized clutch pattern as it can be easily replicated (I’m definitely going to have to make a faux leather one soon). Plus, the contrast of crisp white with orange gingham makes it a wonderfully light and bright summer accessory. All we need now is for Typhoon Vincente to move on and the sunshine to set back in…

What you need:

  • 1 Yard white felt
  • 1 Yard gingham fabric
  • Snap button
  • Wooden button
  • Needle & thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tailors Chalk / Fabric Pen
  • Poster Paper / Tracing paper

How to:

  1. Draw out the template for the clutch on the poster paper with a ruler. Cut out with a pair of scissors.
  2. Trace the template onto the white felt using the tailors chalk, cut out.
  3. Trace the template (minus the triangular end) onto the gingham fabric using the tailors chalk, cut out.
  4. Line the gingham along with the white felt and sew along the bottom width and two vertical sides. Leave the top width open.
  5. Flip the fabrics inside out (so that the sewing seam is on the inside & hidden).
  6. Fold the open end of the gingham fabric in under itself and sew it down.
  7. Sew a seam 0.5″ in from the edge along the bottom width and two vertical lengths.
  8. Draw a border 1.5″ in from the edge on the white triangle side of the clutch with the tailors chalk.
  9. Sew a wide stitch seam along the line (this seam will be purely aesthetic)
  10. Using the needle and thread, attach the wooden button to the white felt. Sew it at the point in the wide stitch seam.
  11. Continue with the needle and thread and attach the snap button directly under the wooden button on the other side of the felt.

This was one of the more time-consumming DIY projects I’ve done, however, relatively-speaking it still didn’t take too much time or effort. Within a couple of hours I had myself a lovely new clutch to match a plethora of summer outfits; perfect for a weekend boat trip or urban rooftop cocktails!

Happy DIYing!

xoxo   V.

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