How to Make a Simple DIY Envelope Purse - Great Gift Idea

10 Materials
$10
1 Hour
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Today’s tutorial is on how to make a DIY envelope purse. This type of clutch bag can be used as a wallet or a phone case, or you could make a larger one as a general purse. It's really easy to make. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric 
  • Paper
  • Sewing machine 
  • Scissors 
  • Chalk 
  • Marker 
  • Ruler
  • Pins 
  • Snap fastener pliers
  • Plastic snaps
Drawing the envelope clutch sewing pattern

1. Draw the pattern

Sketch the plans for your clutch on a piece of paper. 

Mark out 18cm in width by 20cm in height (7 x 8 inches)


Mark out a 10cm (4-inch) midpoint when marking out the height.


Mark out a 9cm (3.5-inch) midpoint when marking out the width. 

Envelope clutch sewing pattern

Add an additional 3cm (1 inch) to both sides of the height. 


Mark a dot 7cm (3 inches) up from the center of the width.


Connect the 3cm (1-inch( dots with the 7cm (3-inch) dot to create the envelope shape. 

Adding seam allowance to the pattern

Draw a 1cm (⅖-inch) line around the perimeter of your entire sketch for seam allowance. 

Cutting out the pattern

2. Cut

Cut out the pattern.

Drawing the pattern on the fabric

3. Transfer the pattern to the fabric

Place your pattern on top of your fabric of choice.


Make sure your fabric is in two layers so that you cut out a front and back.


Using paperweights to hold the sketch in place, mark out the measurements onto the fabric with chalk. 

Cutting out the fabric

Cut out the fabric using your markings as a guide. 

Snipping the fabric at the halfway points

4. Add snips

Cut small incisions where the folds will be, according to the pattern.

Sewing the bottom edge

5. Sew up

Line up the fabrics together and sew the bottom edge, making sure to leave a small gap in the center for later. 

Folding the fabric

6. Fold

Press the seam with your fingers, then fold the layers to make the envelope purse shape (watch the video for this step).


Pinch the bottom layer together with the top using your fingers and flip the bottom layer underneath the top. 

Pinning the sides of the purse

7. Sew the sides

Pin the sides into place. Sew up the sides, including the envelope-shaped top. 

Snipping the corners of the purse

Snip all the corners.

Turning the fabric right side out

8. Turn the clutch right side out

Pull the fabric through the gap you left, so the clutch is now right side out.

Sewing the opening closed

9. Sew up the gap

Sew up the gap in the center by hand using an invisible stitch. 

Creating a hole for the plastic snap

10. Make the clasp 

Poke holes where you want to attach the plastic snap on both the body and envelope flap of the clutch. Make sure they line up first.

Attaching the snaps with pliers

Attach the plastic snap using snap fastener pliers. 

DIY envelope purse

DIY envelope purse tutorial

Now you have a DIY envelope clutch! This DIY is super fun to do and an extremely convenient item to have. Use this clutch when you are out with our friends or just to keep your belongings organized at home! 


Let me know in the comments below what you think.

How to make an envelope clutch bag
Suggested materials:
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  • Paper
  • Sewing machine
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