DIY Leather Envelope Clutch

DIY Leather Envelope Clutch | Alice & Lois

In my quest to completely finish unpacking, I was sorting through my notebook collection (yes, collection). I found an old envelope style card stock journal and knew I wanted to make something from this technique. So here we have the beautiful DIY Leather Envelope Clutch tutorial!

I had some leftover leather scraps from my friend Heather and I knew I had found my next no-sew project! I also have “borrowed” her leather for these projects; Leather Hair Clips and the No-Sew Rope Basket.

I made a few different sized leather envelope clutches using the envelope method. The larger size fits an iPhone 6. The smaller size is a perfect business card holder or jewelry case. Read more for the full tutorial. Wouldn’t these make the perfect gift for girlfriends?

Read more for the full tutorial for this DIY Leather Envelope Clutch…

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DIY Leather Envelope Clutch Supplies


Brass stud screw backs

printed cotton fabric

Fusible appliqué paper

sharp scissors

Leather hole punch

small template

large template

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How to make a Leather Envelope Clutch

Step 1. Print the template. For the 3.5 in x 5 in small clutch, trace the template on the backside of the leather. For the 4.5 in x 6 in large envelope clutch, print two copies of  template, cut and tape together. Note: cut the templates to the edge of paper.

Step 2. Cut the leather using leather shears or sharp scissors. Mark a spot on the corners where the hole punch will go. You want the holes to match up when folded together.

Step 3. Next, get the fabric ready for lining the inside of clutch. Using the template, trace the portion of the top of the envelope onto the wrong (back) side of fabric.

Step 4. Remove a side of the fusible appliqué paper and place on the back side of fabric and iron.

Step 5. Place the sticky side to the inside of the leather clutch and iron using low heat.

Step 6. Using the leather hole punch, punch a hole in each corner. Make sure to line the holes up by folding the corners into the middle. Start by folding in the right side, left side, bottom to top.

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Step 7. Place the screw back on the backside of the right corner. Place the left corner on top. Next the bottom corner on top of screw back and finally the top corner.

Step 8. Screw the top (stud) of screw back on top. You are finished with your leather envelope clutch.

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DIY Leather Envelope Clutch | Alice & Lois

DIY Leather Envelope Clutch | Alice & Lois

DIY Leather Envelope Clutch

Photos by Sara Albers.

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  1. NameAmy W says:

    This is stunning! I think i’m going to try this out for Christmas gifts this year.

  2. This is just stunning! I am always so daunted by leather, but I think I need to get brave and give it a try! Pinned, of course. 😉

  3. ok these are sooooooooo amazing!!! I love the liners too! Im going to make these For sure!

  4. I’m loving using mine for my iphone, credit card and a bit of cash. Its perfect!

  5. Sharon Davis says:

    I love this project and I plan to use this for Christmas gifts#

  6. Love love love! I don’t have an iron, but I may just try to use my STRAIGHTENER because I need to make this asap 🙂

  7. Hello fellow DIY’ers! I love the Simplicity of this leather clutch project. Sorry, but I’m not sure where I see a link to download the templates from. Help?



  8. Hi,

    I love this idea! Thinking about making a few of the large ones, can you tell me about how much leather each large one takes? I’m just wondering how much of th LEATHER to order!


    1. You need a piece of leather measuring 10 inches x 13 inches. Happy Holidays!

    1. I used 7mm 0.27″ screw backs. I link to them in the supply list in the post. – Sara

  9. I am having trouble with the large template as it only displays one corner/side of envelope. Would love to make the large version of this.

    1. Hi Alissa – thanks for reaching out. In step one on the bog post – For the 4.5 in x 6 in large envelope clutch, print two copies of template, cut and tape together. Note: cut the templates to the edge of paper.

  10. Hello from Poland 🙂 Great envelope, very useful, thank U so much 🙂

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