Craft It – A Summer Clutch (No Sewing Machine Required!)

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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.

10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project

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.

The Supplies:

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.
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project
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.
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project
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?!
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project
Not into sewing your own bag? Then check out my etsy shop for all my handmade clutches, totes, and wallets instead!
10 minute diy no sew clutch using a placemat - perfect tassel clutch for summer - diy project - craft - sewing craft - beginner craft - sewing a bag - sewing a purse - sewing project

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  1. Amy W says:

    Love this colorful clutch!

  2. I’m planning to make a set of placemats like this, but I want to add a layer of clear vinyl on both sides to protect them from spills. But I can’t find any instructions on how to do that. What would I have to add or alter to this pattern/tutorial to add those extra layers? I’m a novice to sewing so any advice you could give me would be great!

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