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31 Days: Color – Day 15: Leopard (that’s yellow, right?) Clutch

Oh, I am so excited about this project. I love leopard print, it’s no secret. I’d guess 50 percent of my Pinterest finds contain leopard of some sort. I’ve been wanting to make a leopard clutch for months – maybe even years – but until this fall, I hadn’t been able to find the right materials.


But then, I popped into the thrift store a few weeks ago and found this Gap leopard canvas print tote bag. For $4. Perfect! The weight of the material is just right – a clutch needs something thick to keep its structure. The bottom edges are a bit worn, but I can cut around them for the clutch.

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

I started with scissors, cutting around the largest pieces of material. The tote had some seams, but I wanted the clutch to just simple and streamlined, so I just wanted to use the front and back panels of the tote. Then I used my seam ripper to carefully remove the other pieces and leave only two panels of material, front and back. I learned a lot about tote construction as I was tearing apart this bag. WOW! Glue and interfacing and seams and incredibly thick thread – this was a well-made tote.

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

I found some felt (not really coordinating, but it’s what I had in the largest pieces) to create a lining.

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

I used a heavy duty jacket zipper, mostly because I liked the brass and black color. I bought the zipper months ago, hoping the right leopard fabric would eventually be found. (See? I’m REALLY excited about this one.)

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

Not wanting to make the same mistake of sewing the pieces together incorrectly, I searched for my old Leather Clutch project and read through the directions several times before proceeding. Then I realized that the fabric from the tote was already creased, so I ended up assembling the clutch in a different way – this time I put the zipper under the fabric and sewed along the previous tote’s hemline. Then I did the same as the other clutch – partially unzipped the zipper, placed right sides facing, and stitched up the remaining three sides. I trimmed the corners and turned the bag right side out through the open zipper.

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

YES! This is exactly what I’ve been wanting!

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

A large clutch that can hold lots of things…

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

…but that can also be folded over to be a bit smaller.

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objects

DIY Leopard Clutch :: beautiful objectsI am so happy with how it turned out! This might be my most favorite project EVER.

Are you a clutch person? I love them. I feel like my shoulder bag is my Mom Purse, a small step up from a diaper bag, still filled with wipes and snack, a book, and an extra bag for hauling groceries. I have to leave my Mom Purse at home when I’m heading out for a date with Husband or to meet up with friends. Maybe that’s why I tend to collect clutches – because they symbolize a fun night out. Are you like that? If it’s not clutches, is there something you collect that symbolizes something for you? Just curious.

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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8 thoughts on “31 Days: Color – Day 15: Leopard (that’s yellow, right?) Clutch

  1. Wow – love how you repurposed that!

    Naw, I’m not a clutch person. I use a Baggelini, which goes across my chest and hangs in back. It was expensive, but I’m going on six years with it and there’s no real wear on it. So it was worth the cost to me.

    I prefer my purses to be out of the way, so either the Baggelini or else a fanny pack. I don’t care how out of style they are either!



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