MAKE IT / 20
it’s a wonderful, versatile piece and we’ve had a great time making it. many thanks to jen for sharing all her talents with us. if you like to sew than don’t miss her patterns and tutorials over here. this is also a really fun project because it uses leather, and you will probably fall in love with how easy it is to work with. now let’s get started…
what you’ll need:
• download THIS CLUTCH PATTERN (3248), six sheets total will print. there is a 3×3 inch square printed on the pattern so that you can be sure it is printed to the correct size
• 4 square feet of leather (you can also use vinyl, suede, felt or reuse a big leather skirt from the thrift store if you want)
• 1 yd of leather cord, string, shoelace, etc.
• paper scissors
• double sided tape
• fabric pencil that allows you to write on whatever material you have chosen
• pattern weight (ours are just large washers from the hardware store)
• heavy duty scissors
• paper tape
• glue that is labelled to be used on leather OR a glovers needle and thick thread or cord
• exacto knife (or leather punch if you’re lucky enough to own one)
how to make it:
• assemble the pieces of the pattern by adjoining sides together using the number/letter combinations to guide you. tape together and cut out.
• lay pattern on top of your leather piece and weigh down in the corners.
• trace around pattern with marker pencil, being sure not to overlook the clasp placements (you can slice a hole in the paper pattern with an exacto to help you)
• with heavy duty scissors cut out your pattern (***save all of your leather scraps and store somewhere safe, we promise you’ll be happy you did in a few weeks from now) you can cut the 2 clasp areas either using a leather punch or by cutting a small “X” with a sharp exacto.
• fold the side flaps together and secure with paper tape from the inside as shown in the photo.
• run a nice, smooth bead of glue about an 1/8th inch from the edge of the bottom flap. take care to not use too much glue so that it doesn’t run out the seam. you can practice on a scrap if you aren’t sure how much glue to use.
• carefully fold the bottom up to the top and weight down and let dry.
* if you prefer you can sew the seam by hand just as long as you use the proper needle and thread.
• to make reusable closure, take your cord of choice, tie a knot in the end and run it through the clasp opening from inside of the body of the bag, though the inside of the flap to the outside
• tie it up, wear it out. dress it up, dress it down:
switch up the strap and you have a completely new look. the cobalt + brooch pairs nicely with my fancy gold dotted dress and the cobalt + leather strap is perfect for this casual striped madewell dress. we are excited to see your creations and pairings!
click to download the (tiled) 8 DAYS A WEEK CLUTCH PATTERN HERE (1988)