If there was ever a time to carry a small handbag around, it’s summer. Hot weather makes you want to get rid of as many layers as possible, and that includes extra accessories that can end up sticking to your skin or just feeling really uncomfortable when you’re sweating. Large handbags or backpacks and even crossbody bags start to feel cumbersome and heavy when it’s gross outside. You just want to feel as free as possible! This is why a good clutch is ideal for summer. You want one that’s big enough to hold your essentials (phone, wallet, keys, etc.), but small enough that it doesn’t annoy you the entire time you’re holding it. And, sure, you could buy one… or you could take your extra free time, get creative, and make one. DIY clutches are easier than you think!
A lot of people reserve clutches for fancier occasions or when they’re going out and don’t want to be weighed down by a large bag, but I think they’re equally as great when used casually during the day. Tucked under your arm, they don’t feel as heavy or in the way. And these DIY clutches are perfect for daytime looks (although they work for those fancier events too!). Plus, there’s something for everyone here: we’ve got clutches you sew if you’re a DIY master, no-sew tutorials that are more low-maintenance, and even just some quick ideas on how to update a boring clutch you already have. Whatever you want, I bet it’s here. Check out these 20 easy DIY clutch tutorials and start crafting!
1. Go for boho flair with a tribal print clutch:
You can find a burlap clutch in most craft stores or online for a decent price, and then you can get creative and totally make it your own.
2. Make an old clutch look new again with a cool quote.
Buy a plain, super cheap clutch, then decorate it with a quote using a pretty colored marker. This is super simple and allows you to do basically do whatever you want.
3. Sew together your own clutch that is totally unexpected.
Clutches don’t have to be the popular rectangular design, even if that is what holds the most. This eye clutch is so adorable and fun. It involves sewing, so it’s exactly for beginners, but it’s definitely worth trying.
4. Make a classic leather envelope clutch.
A leather envelope clutch is a basic that can be dressed up or down and will never go out of style. This one doesn’t involve sewing, although the cutting/sticking might be a little complicated. And if you hate clutches, this one includes a strap!
5. Upcycle an old sunglasses case to make it into a cool clutch.
Another cool no-sew clutch idea is to use a sunglasses case. You can easily make this look glam and chic, and perfect for a night out.
6. Make an old clutch look more fancy by creating a faux bow.
This is the perfect accessory for a wedding, a school dance, a night out, or another special occasion.
7. Get glam with a super embellished clutch.
Go for a more elaborate look by going crazy with the embellishments. This is great for a special occasion more than day-to-day wear, but you can really do whatever you want.
8. Make a no-sew clutch that looks more complicated than it is.
This pretty no-sew clutch is easier than it seems and can be used for basically anything. You can make it your own with whatever print or color you prefer.
9. Go for a folding clutch in bright colors.
This bag is so pretty that everyone will think you bought it! Keep it for yourself or even use it as a gift.
10. Or make a foldover clutch that includes straps.
This tutorial involves sewing and might be a little time-consuming, but you’re left with a great bag that’s really versatile and easy to carry around. Worth it!
11. Spruce up an old clutch with gold foil.
You can buy a cheap faux leather clutch at stores like Forever 21 or H&M, and then make them look chic and glamorous with a little gold foil.
12. Instantly update a boring clutch by giving it a graphic design.
Color blocking always looks cool and chic, and it’s an easy and fun way to make an old clutch better.
13. Go more minimalist with a grid design.
Looking for something chic, simple, but also unique? Make your own grid-style clutch.
14. Create a clutch that doubles as a tablet or laptop sleeve.
A clutch can do double duty as a sleeve to protect a small laptop, tablet or Kindle. This one is so cool it doesn’t even look like a tech sleeve!
15. Add leather fringe for a boho vibe.
Fringe is very *on trend* right now, and it also adds a carefree, boho feel to any clutch in your closet.
16. Make a clutch that could be used in a beach bag.
I love to throw a casual clutch in my beach bag, especially on vacation. It makes it easy to keep your essentials close by when you walk around without carrying a huge bag with you. This palm print is cool and perfect for summer.
17. Mimic a designer clutch.
Why spend hundreds of dollars on something you could make? Use whatever sayings you like best!
18. Make an iPad sleeve that looks like a clutch.
This no-sew clutch is simple to put together and can be used as a tech accessory or just a handbag.
19. Create a jewelry clutch for travel.
Make yourself a little clutch that can keep your jewelry safe when you’re traveling. You can also repurpose this as any kind of organizer.
20. Put sequins all over an old clutch to make it fancier.
Sequins make anything more interesting. This is great for a fancier event.
Which one of these DIY clutches is your favorite? Are you going to make one? Let me know in the comments.