I love a good clutch, but it seems as though I can never find the perfect one. It has to be just the right size, color, look, almost as if I should just make my own. So after a bit of peeking around online I combined a few tips and tricks and made my own! So far so good. Quite possibly the greatest idea ever. The fun colors and look of it make it the greatest clutch ever.
- Dollar store place mat
- Craft glue (needs to be pretty strong)
- Old leather belt
- Cropodile (If you are using a weaved leather belt that doesn’t have specific holes in it you will not need the cropodile. If you do, you can also make do with a knife, just be careful.)
- After finding a cheap placemat that matches an old belt, or a cheap belt that matches an old belt, fold the placemat so it is the right size. I did it into almost thirds, so folding it lengthwise, but if you prefer a super wide, but skinny clutch, fold it width-wise. If folding lengthwise leave about four inches out on top to fold over the top opening of the clutch. If folding the other way leave about an inch or two out.
- Glue the sides together on the folded part, and then use clothespins to hold it together while the glue dries. You can also just put something heavy over it to hold it there.
- When the glue is dry, fold the top flap of the clutch down and then fold the belt around it to see how much you will need to cut off. Leave about an inch or two out so the clutch has room to fill.
- If you need to make holes, make one for an almost empty clutch, and one for a full clutch will suffice.
- Glue the center of the belt to the back of the clutch so the buckle is on the center of the front of the clutch.
- Put something heavy on top of the clutch and belt to hold it in place while the glue is drying.
- Your clutch is now ready! Fold the flap down and buckle it shut and you are ready to go.
I think this is a cute and unique clutch that no one else will ever have. You can use a cloth placemat if you prefer that look, or you can use a more plastic-y one for a more structured look and feel. You can also trim down your placemat if you don’t want your clutch to be that large.