I’ve had terrible luck with losing things lately and my favorite leather (possibly pleather) wristlet has gone missing. So, when I saw the Envelope Clutch by Noodlehead was part of the Indiesew Spring Collection, I decided I needed to make it’s replacement immediately out of a stamped leather hide I had been hoarding for about a year.
I picked up this amazing suede leather from my local Tandy’s off the ‘odd lots’ table. The ‘odd lots’ table is quite possibly the best thing ever and it’s where I get all my leather. In fact, I made this glittery gold tote and matching business card holder with one sparkly gold hide, this green leather cutout clutch with another, and this fun tassel key chain from some purple remnants. The hides sell for a flat price of $38 (at least at my local store) regardless of their size and it’s always a random assortment – mostly the leather that the majority of men that shop there pass over… glittery, brightly colored, floral printed, etc… everything that I love! I actually have a few more ‘odd lots’ hides in my stash that I’m just waiting for the right project for…any project ideas for a silvery/white sparkly patent leather hide?!
But, back to the Envelope Clutch. This might just be my favorite make to date! Although, I think I say that after every project. But seriously, this leather envelope clutch is LEGIT. Like it looks store bought legit!
Surprisingly, this clutch came together pretty easily. The leather hide varied a bit in thickness throughout and had a couple of flaws, so I was pretty strategic with cutting my pattern pieces. I used some of the thicker parts for the front and back pattern pieces so the bag would keep it’s shape and I cut the leather for the piping from the thinner areas so it would bend around the curves easier.
A couple other things that I think helped me work with the leather was that I used wonderclips instead of pins, leather tape on the strap to help hold it in shape, and a leather needle (size 14, I think).
My machine handled this project like a champ… mostly. The one place it struggled was when I tried to sew through all the layers of the strap. I think I was trying to cram about 8 layers of leather under the presser foot when my machine balked. So, instead, I used my rotary punch and installed a double cap rivet. I actually really like how the rivet looks and I think it makes it seem even more fancy.
For the lining, I went with basic grey quilting cotton from my stash. I debated a contrasting lining for a bit, but I’m glad I went with something that blends since my lining sometimes peeks out at the top corners.
Overall, I’m thrilled with how this project turned out and I definitely want to make another Envelope Clutch soon. When I make this pattern again, I’ll probably modify it so there’s a zipper hiding under the flap… I worry that my phone or credit cards are going to slip out when I wear the clutch on my wrist. Also, I’ll make sure to buy the right size D-ring. I picked mine up last minute from Joann’s and they only had 3/4 inch ones in stock.
Have you made this pattern before? If so, do you have any suggestions on modifications?
Clutch: Handmade (Noodlehead Envelope Clutch Pattern) // Top: Banana Republic Factory Outlet // Jeans: Anthropologie // Bracelet: Thrift Store Necklace (similar, similar, similar)
Make sure to check out the Indiesew Spring Collection and follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone else is making! I’ll be back next Tuesday to share another handmade item from the collection!
Monday, February 16th: Melissa | I Still Love You
Tuesday, February 17th: Abby | Sew Much Ado
Thursday, February 19th: Erin | Sewbon
Monday, February 23rd: Jaime | Fancy Tiger
Tuesday, February 24th: Erin | Sewbon
Friday, February 27th: Beth | Sew DIY
Disclaimer: The pattern in this post was provided to me free of charge for participating in the Indiesew Spring Collection Blog Tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.