• DIY: Leather Fold Over Clutch

    I’ve been eying leather fold over clutches in bright colors like these beauties below for some time now and thought they would make a really great DIY project. It’s a really simple project and a great way to add a punch of color to your spring outfit. Cause it is all. about. color this season.

    For these final product images, I teamed up with photographer Kate Skogen of JetKat Photo who specialized in weddings in the bay area. Check out her beautiful work here.

    I found this great looking faux leather in the most fabulous hot pink and knew we were meant to be together. I picked faux leather because it’s easier to find bright colors and it looks exactly like leather to the untrained eye.

    Keep reading to see the full tutorial on making this leather fold over clutch


    Hot pink faux leather (half a yard is more than enough)

    Stiff iron on interfacing

    Coordinating zipper, 16 inches long

    Sewing machine

    Cutting board

    Matching needle and thread


    Cut two pieces of leather, and two pieces of interfacing each 12 x 13 inches.

    Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of each piece of leather. Iron with interfacing side up. The interfacing should adhere to the back of the leather.

    Lay the zipper right side up and line up one piece of your leather + interfacing to meet at the bottom edge together. Pin along the bottom edge.

    Using your zipper foot, sew along that edge where you pinned.

    Now take the second leather + interfacing piece and do the same, matching up the right side of the leather to the right side of the zipper and sewing with your zipper foot along that edge.

    With the zipper at the top, pin along those three sides. Open the zipper up half way and sew along those three sides.

    Now just trim along the edges, and turn it inside out. Poke in each edge to make it sharper.

    You’re done!



    1. Jessica Reyes said… May 18, 2012 5:53 pm

      This is cool!! I Already have your striped tote bag on my list to do and this one will come right after that one..love it! Just a quick question, did you use a regular needle size with this or another for a thicker type fabric? Thanks!

    2. Kayla said… May 14, 2012 1:18 pm

      Does it stay folded? Like in the images or should apply some type of closure or magnet?

    3. Sandra said… May 10, 2012 11:51 pm

      This just inspired me to bring some more colour to my life, amazing is what it is!

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    5. ATasteOfMadness said… May 7, 2012 12:15 am

      This is gorgeous! I have so many products that I want to try, and the summer seems like the perfect time, thank you!

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    7. Shautel said… April 26, 2012 2:16 pm

      I made one..added a rose to it..
      however, I’m going to make some more..but I will use a smaller zipper, I think 14 inch is fine and attempt to line it with a fun fabric..but thank you, this was so easy (i do not like zippers, but made it work..LOL)

      • Shautel said… April 26, 2012 2:17 pm

        Oh I forgot this was a remnant fabric..so it was even cheaper..But I will be back at Joann’s tomorrow since the vinyl is on sale this week..

    8. Rachel said… April 25, 2012 7:55 pm

      Love it! The colors are really fabulous.
      Having sewn with a lot of faux and real leather, can I offer a couple of tips?
      -Pinholes are permanent on these materials! If you’re going to use pins, make sure it’s only in the seam allowances, otherwise I recommend bulldog clips (like these:http://www.quiltingboard.com/attachments/main-f1/311641d1329178284-bulldog_clips.jpg) for holding things together while you’re sewing.
      -Sewing leather, real or faux, is much easier with a leather sewing machine needle.
      -If you’re looking for colorful leather to sew into a clutch, try looking for leather skirts in thrift stores.
      -For a lined version of this clutch, check out my tutorial: http://transientexpression.com/tutorial-tuesday-leather-foldover-clutch/

    9. Emily @ Peck Life said… April 25, 2012 1:57 pm

      I LOVE THIS! The color options are endless, so simple and chic!

    10. Erica said… April 25, 2012 1:13 pm

      What a fabulous DIY project! The colours are beautiful

    11. Laura said… April 24, 2012 7:38 pm

      Ooh, I can’t wait to try this. I have my eye on the electric blue faux leather in that easy shop!

    12. Katie said… April 24, 2012 5:05 pm

      I’ve been dying for a) a new bag and b) specifically a fold over clutch, all spring! What was your final cost for your DIY materials?

    13. Mallory said… April 24, 2012 2:12 pm

      Love this! This season really is all about color and this clutch is an adorable, colorful addition to the wardrobe. Thanks for sharing.

    14. Kathleen said… April 24, 2012 12:32 pm

      This is above my current sewing level, but might just be the motivation I need to put down my knitting needles and learn to actually sew well. So pretty!

    15. suzanne said… April 24, 2012 11:52 am

      LOVE this DIY. Great colors and perfect gift idea!
      Could you tell me where you purchased the faux leather in that great color?
      Thank you!

      • Liz Stanley said… April 24, 2012 2:36 pm

        Thanks Suzanne! The link to the etsy shop I bought the faux leather is in the post! Let me know if doesn’t link over correctly

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    17. Sarah said… April 24, 2012 10:13 am

      Great, great color combo with the teal zipper. I’ve been eyeing the fold over clutches as well, and have a nice hunk of red leather in my craft bin. Just haven’t had time to whip it up though! I thought it would be fun to include some fabric on the inside as well for a little surprise of pattern when you open it up- even if I’m the only one who ever gets to see the surprise.

      Thanks for sharing!

    18. christine mchale said… April 24, 2012 9:50 am

      super rad! totally want to try this…now to find leather in a fun color!

    19. Robync said… April 24, 2012 9:40 am

      Omg I love these! I would love a black one with a red zipper!
      I need a cute summer dress to waste away the hours in!

    20. jacqueline said… April 24, 2012 9:29 am

      This is a great yet simple DIY — I think I have some leather in my fabric scrap bin I could try this out with.

      Agree with the others who like the color combo.

    21. Danielle said… April 24, 2012 9:26 am

      Love this! Thanks for sharing!

    22. Tan said… April 24, 2012 8:37 am

      I’m loving all this sewing DIY’s you’re posting! I’m just getting into my sewing machine so perfect timing. Thanks Liz!

    23. Rebecca - A Daily Something said… April 24, 2012 8:24 am

      SO gorgeous, Liz! What a fantastic project….

      • Liz Stanley said… April 24, 2012 9:18 am

        Oh, thank you Rebecca!

    24. Shannon said… April 24, 2012 7:51 am

      What purpose does the interfacing serve? I’m excited try this!!

      • Jenny said… April 24, 2012 8:10 am

        I think the interfacing makes it thicker, right?

      • Amanda said… April 24, 2012 9:06 am

        It will add stiffness so that the clutch isn’t as floppy.

      • Liz Stanley said… April 24, 2012 9:18 am

        Yup! It makes it stiff, so there’s structure to the clutch 🙂

    25. Audrey - This Little Street said… April 24, 2012 7:36 am

      Love this little project Liz! The colors are so bright and happy 🙂

    26. Marloes said… April 24, 2012 7:36 am

      Greaaaat! Love this, I’m finding it’s hard to get some good faux leather so this Etsy shop is a cool find for me 🙂

    27. dawn said… April 24, 2012 7:07 am

      seriously loving this diy. i’ve been perusing thrift stores in high hopes that i’ll find an awesome looking leather jacket to whip into a clutch (usually relegated to black leather though). the pink color is fantastic.

    28. Kersey said… April 24, 2012 7:01 am

      Liz! This is beautiful. I love the color combo!

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