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How to Make a Clutch Purse | No-SEW or SEW DIY Clutch Purse + VIDEO

Clutch purses are a show stopper that is really quick to make. Let me show you how to make a clutch purse in less than 5 minutes flat. You can either sew it or just glue it using fabric glue. Both will work.

You can make a placemat clutch for yourself and/or to give as gifts. This DIY clutch purse makes an awesome gift that will sure be appreciated. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever!

If you want to personalize your clutch, there are plenty of options for embellishments – just choose yours. I’ll even show you how to make a stunning fabric rose, that you can use for embellishment. Ready? Let’s dive in the clutch purse tutorial!

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Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a clutch purse

Placemat purse supplies and tools

diy clutch purse supplies

  • round placemat
  • magnetic button clasp
  • cute embellishment kit
  • fabric glue
  • matching thread (optional)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • sewing clips or clothespins
  • sewing machine (optional)

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How To Sew a placemat clutch purse

Watch the diy clutch purse video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Decide on how you’ll sew the placemat purse

Lay the circular placemat wrong side up. Take a careful look at your placemat so you can determine which is the wrong side and which is the right (prettiest side) of the placemat.

Fold the placemat in half so that the end of placemat is inside. You’ll need to inspect the wrong side to find where the end part is. You’ll want this part to get inside the fold to make your placemat clutch as pretty as possible. Unfold.

folding the clutch purse

STEP 2: Making the body of the placemat bag

Fold the bottom part inside about 2.5in / 6cm and pin with wonder clips or clotheslines clips. At this point I usually fold the flap in order to determine whether I like the look. You can do the same or just skip that and proceed.

measuring the placemat purse flap

Apply a generous amount of glue inside the fold of the flap. Press down the glued part well. Hold in place using clips, pins or clothing pegs

placemat bag all pinned

Fold the whole placemat in half and pin the sides using clips. This is how your purse will look like at this point.

STEP 3: SEW or GLUE the sides

This is the only sewing for this whole project. Sew the sides of the placemat clutch using a straight stitch. I’d like to reinforce the seams by backstitching the whole seam or just backstitching the beginning and the end. It’s just two seams. Remove the clips as you sew.

sewing the clutch purse

(NO-sew version)

If you don’t sew, you can use glue the sides instead of sewing them. Secure with pins or clips.

Remove clips from the top part after the glue has dried.

STEP 4: Mark the snaps position

Mark the middle of the flap and the body. Place the measuring tape on top of the body fold and mark the middle using a tailor’s chalk or disappearing fabric pen. Carefully list the tape and bring it to the top of the flap and mark the middle of the flap as well

Marking the snaps position on the lacemat clutch

STEP 5: Install the male snap into the flap of the placemat bag

Just follow the directions of the metal snaps to install them securely on the flap and the body of your bag. Below are general directions you can use to install the snap.

Push the prongs of the male snap into the flap and press firmly against the flap.

Place the metal washer over the prongs and fold the prongs in opposite directions. If you eat your spinach regularly (hello, Popeye) and your hands are strong enough you can fold the prongs using your fingers. Other ways you can accomplish folding the prongs are using pliers or just a pen/pencil to push them against the flat surface.

installing the male snap on the flap of the placemat clutch

STEP 6:Install the female snap on the body of placemat clutch

Mark the position of the female snap by marking the male snap with chalk or fabric pen. Fold the top and push the marked part against the body of the bag so that it leaves a mark. Use your fabric pen to make this mark more visible and install the female snap. Place the female snap on top of the marking and push its prongs through the body of the bag. It will be a bit trickier than installing of the male snap as you’ll have to pierce through double layer of the placemat. Figgie it a bit to find gaps. If your placemat is too dense, use scissors or utility knife to gently make little holes for the prongs.

Again, place the metal washer over the prongs on the wrong side of the flap and push the prongs in opposite directions to secure them in place.

Installing the female metal snap on the placemat clutch

STEP 7: Embellish your diy clutch bag

Now for the fun part. Embellish your diy clutch purse bag. You can use a bag jewelry kit, bow, tassels, pom pom trims or whatever strikes your fancy.

Glue the embellishment on the flap of the placemat purse.

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That’s it. Making placemat bags is so easy.

Here’s the finished DIY placemat clutch. I’m dying from cuteness overload. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever!

Isn’t it pretty? Now fill it up with your stuff. It holds quite a bit of stuff. You will be surprised at how many things can fit inside this tiny bag! Look!

diy placemat clutch contents

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 23 comments
Michele Morin - November 9, 2020


Lauren Renee Sparks - November 10, 2020

This is so darling. Definitely saving this idea! Visiting you from the hearth and soul link up.

creativejewishmomcom - November 11, 2020

Brilliant idea, now you can make one in every color! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Iveth - November 11, 2020

Super creative way to transform a placemat. Thank you for join us at #alittlebitofeverything link up. @fortheloveto

Marci - November 12, 2020

What a clever way to make a CUTE clutch! Thank you for sharing the step by step instructions at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Oh wow, that is such a great compliment. Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Marci!

Marie-Interior Frugalista - November 12, 2020

Brilliant idea! I have some green placemats just like this that I planned on putting in the recycle bin. Not anymore!

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    You are very welcome, Marie! Glad you loved this quick tutorial.

Nicoe from High Latitude Style - November 13, 2020

Wow! What a great idea. It’s also a perfect gift. Love it. Thanks for sharing it at the party!

Julie - November 14, 2020

That’s so clever, I love it !

Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs - November 15, 2020

That’s fab! I would never have thought of using a placemat, very clever!
Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. 🙂

Ann - November 15, 2020

Very clever! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

Naush Samama - November 16, 2020

Very creative transformation.
Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Much love

Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie - November 17, 2020

What a fun a creative project!

Thanks for sharing with us on the Homestead Blog Hop!


Marilyn Lesniak - November 19, 2020

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

Shelbee on the Edge - November 22, 2020

This is so adorable! And I love the color of the place mat that you used. What a fun little accessory and it looks super easy to make! Thanks for sharing and joining the #StylishMonday link party.


    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Yes, this is super easy to make and one of my favorites too! Thanks for your good review

Kizzy - March 1, 2021

wow, awesome blog article. Really looking forward to read more. Great. Kizzy Tam Standley

Jan - March 4, 2021

Such a cute craft and easy-to-understand instructions! Speaking of placemats…and not to take anything away from your placemat purse, but…

Several years ago a friend gave me a purse made from the cloth placemats. It had a boughton handle (wood, bamboo, chain7). It was made from the oval placemat. There are so many patterns and colors to choose from. Maybe your “sewing” crafters would be interested in instructions for the fabric version.The cloth purses are pretty, but I do not sew. Thank you for interesting posts.

Dawn - April 30, 2021

Excellent idea! Gonna try it. Also thinking I could use velcro as a clasp as well and use something like crochet thread/wool to hand stitch some decorative features on the outside. What do you think?

nives - April 30, 2021

Hvala za tako lepe in praktične ideje

Insiya - October 9, 2021

Wow! This is epic, I loved reading your blog. Can you also share some insights on how to make a DIY box clutch bag?

Willium - June 9, 2022

A handbag carried during the day is usually larger than the one that you’ll be taking to dinner. No matter what the occasion, it is never appropriate to put one’s handbag on the table-it is considered extremely rude no matter how expensive or beautiful it is. We often place our handbag on the kitchen counter, a bench, and some even momentarily meet the floor so for hygiene reasons alone, it is not acceptable.


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