This cute summer clutch isn’t just perfect to tote around all your essentials, but it only requires a few hand stitches! That’s because this beaut is made with a placemat! Crazy huh? Placemats are the perfect size to turn into cutest fold-over clutch you have ever seen. Best part is it will be done and ready to use in under 10 minutes. For serious.
I found this placemat at Walmart of all places and it was under $3. Score! For the placemat you will want to look for one with as much structure as possible so that your clutch isn’t completely flimsy. I really loved the colors in this one and the woven jute had the perfect structure.
Follow along for the simple tutorial.
- Structured placemat
- Embroidery floss in a complimentary color
- Large embroidery needle
- Magnetic Purse Snaps
- Tassels (optional, I found mine on Etsy, but you can easily make your own too!)
Begin by folding your placemat over 1/3 of the way to create an envelope shape. Use your needle and embroidery floss (doubled over for strength) to stitch the bag up on each side using a simple running stitch. I stitched by bag together about 1″ in from the sides and made sure to stitch through both layers of placemat.
Once your bag is stitched up on each side, tie off your ends to prevent the bag from unraveling. Now find the center of the bag opening and insert one side of your metal snap through the weaving of the placemat and fold over the metal ends to secure the snap.
Foldover the top flap and line up the second snap with the first and add your second snap to the clutch flap. The last step is to stitch on your tassels to the middle of the flap. Then you are ready to stuff your new summer clutch with your belongings and hit the town.
How crazy simple was that?!