Mini Cotton + Leather Clutch DIY

We are big fans of homemade accessories! It's fun to customize items to fit your aesthetic or show off your personality. Last summer we made these cute cotton & leather DIY clutches. We thought it would be fun to create a mini version, for carrying pocket change, sunglasses, chap stick and other summer essentials.Mini cotton and leather clutch DIYThis is another project from our Canon USA collaboration. We used the MG6320 to print photos onto fabric paper so we could add a photo element to our clutches. We used this kind of paper and ironed the design onto our cotton fabric. The touchscreen on the MG6320 makes it super easy to play around with settings and get the best print for your iron-on paper.How to sew a mini clutchYou could use photos from a recent vacation, of scenery from your favorite getaway or photos of friends and family members. Have fun customizing this project with your personal photos and whatever color leather, lining fabric and zipper suits you. The supplies you will need include: zipper, iron-on transfer sheets, white cotton canvas, printed cotton for lining, and leather.

1. Print your 4×6-inch photo onto your iron-on transfer sheet.
2. Iron your image onto the white canvas per product instructions.
3. Cut out your photo leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance on all sides. Cut another piece of white canvas 6.5×4.5 inches (this piece will serve as the back top of the clutch). Cut two strips of leather that are 6.5×3.5 inches and sew each of your canvas pieces to one of the leather strips (right side facing each other). Now you have a front and back piece for your clutch.
4. Face the front and back pieces with their right sides facing each other and pin together. Leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the two pices together leaving the top area (where the zipper will go) open. How to add lining5. Pull your clutch inside out so that the right sides are facing out.

6. Cut your two lining pieces to 6.5×7.5 inches and pin the pieces facing right side in. Leaving the top open, sew both pieces together, but make sure also to leave a 2-to-3-inch opening in the bottom of the lining (you'll use this later to turn your lining inside out).

7. Leave the lining shell inside out and place your right-side-out outer shell inside your lining, so the correct sides of each are facing each other.How to sew a zipper8. Zip open the zipper and position the end of the zipper on one side of the clutch opening. Pin the zipper between the inner lining and the outer shell on either side. The zipper pull should be facing up, and the teeth of the zipper should be facing down between the two layers of fabric once in place. Use a zipper foot to sew zipper in place and shorten zipper length per zipper package instructions if needed. 

9. Remember that 2-to-3-inch hole that we left in the lining? Well, now use that hole to pull the outer shell of the clutch through the lining until the both sides are facing right side out. Once it's pulled through, you can use a hidden stitch to hand stich your lining hole shut.How to sew a leather clutchFor more information check out the video tutorial above or check here. Now we are ready to carry our mini clutches everywhere this summer! What will you put in yours? xo. Elsie

  • This is super cute! I would actually love to make this as an ereader or ipad cover. I just wrote a DIY piece for TipMine about ereader covers and wish I had seen these!

  • I love love love this DIY, totally making my own mini clutch soon, thank you!!

    P.S. I want an iphone case like yoursss so badly!!!

  • I love the video! I hope we can look forward to more of these in the future.

  • Lil,

    I don’t know if your previous comment was moderated or not because I wasn’t moderating comments that day. I would like to say that we DO appreciate all of our readers feedback, especially when it is constructive, creative or thoughtful.

    I can appreciate that some people have an aversion to advertising on blogs. At the same time, I have to tell you that from our experience the sponsored content on ABM has only made us more creative, more challenged and more inspired. Our amazing sponsors make us want to work harder, try new things and step outside our normal routine.

    In the future there will always be a mix of sponsored and non-sponsored posts on A Beautiful Mess. I hope you can appreciate it for what it is. This is a full time job for a team of people. We work very very hard to create something beautiful for our readers every single week and we absolutely love our readers! Thanks so much, Elsie

  • Is it a bug or did you really disapprove my precedent comment ? Because I can’t find it…
    I hope you did not edit it just because it was not totally positive, because I have not been harsh or impolite I think. Your project is cute, but I still think it is a bit disappointing to see such “collaborations” (aka advertisement) on your blog. It is always much more interesting to see your own work, a work not inspired by some product you had to promote.
    I thought you would be interested by this feedback from a regular reader, but I’m even more disappointed if you just edited that out :- /
    I hope it was a bug or mistake of mine.

  • I LOVE DIY’s! I also am loving the phone case!


  • So cute! This makes me wanna get a sewing machine and that awesome printer!

  • Very cute but I think I love the phone case more! Where do I get one of those?!


  • What a great idea! Can’t wait to try! <3

  • Soo cute! && where can I find a phone case like that??? Obsessed:)

  • I just realized your cool iPhone cases are the same as your app icon. Right on.
    Love your app, btw!

  • Great idea. And I can’t wait to see when the phone cases go on sale 🙂

  • I absolutely love the iPhone cases!!! Where did you get them? I love this tutorial! Can’t wait to makes these cute clutches! 😀

  • is it bad that i love this project, but love your iphone case even more? do you mind sharing where to find it? or did you make it yourself? love, d

  • pretty, precious, practically perfect! i love a good diy. so inspired!

  • I just love the idea of personalizing the clutch with pictures! I’ll have to make one.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • These are amazing! This is going on my to-do craft list for sure!


  • Love the video. You make it looks so fun, lol. I can’t wait to try this one 🙂

  • OMG! I love this. The video is awesome! Good job guys! Your blog is the highlight of my boring work day 🙂

  • I love the lining fabric with the cameras on it!! Where did you get it! These little clutches are so cute and creative! <3

  • This is such a cute idea! I love the thought of using a photo transfer!

  • Elsie, did you design that adorable camera fabric? I am looooving it!

  • Lovely !!
    These pouches make me think about these cute small handbags that I found online :

  • So cute! This is actually one of the first mini clutches I actually want to make for myself!
    Love your blog!

  • uH! GREAT project 😉 I need to make one to store my drawing supplies. thanks for the idea 🙂

  • love the shoes! adorable blog, i follow daily on bloglovin’!

  • The cases are really great, but the video is SO well done! You guys are doing an awesome job.

  • Such a fun idea! You can also get this liquid stuff you paint onto a photo and then place it onto the fabric and it transfers, it gives a cool vintagey effect where bits are faded. That could be fun to try with this project

  • I love the phone covers! Does anyone know how I can get one??!

  • awesome! the video rocked! such a creative way to demonstrate how to make something!!

    i also found the way that you added your zipper rather interesting. it isn’t the way i was taught but i like it. and am going to try it this weekend.

  • Amazing post!

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been looking for a clutch’s DIY forever!! And yours is, of course, pretty cool <3

  • These little bags are adorable! I bet it’s too expensive for me to get photos printed on fabric but the idea is great!

  • These are so cute! I love the prints. 🙂

  • Oh my gosh the music from the video it’s going to be on my mind the all day! It’s going to be my OST for my dissertation work 🙂 Great tutorial, I’m about to have a sewing machine, I think this will be my first work.
    Sofia G

  • So cuuteee! Im gonna add it to my diy list! Cant wait to finish my final examns and get started! 🙂

  • Cute idea! I love projects that are personalised with photos like this. I’m going to use this idea to make a cute little pencil case, I think! I’m glad you added the video… Reading the steps, I had a little trouble understanding how to attach the zipper and lining together.

  • Brilliant, perfect gifts! What was the song on the video, very summery? Xx

  • Love this, I’ve been wanting to print onto fabric for quite a while! I have a fairly new Canon printer, so I’ll give it a go!

  • This is such a great DIY , love how they not too big and bulky.

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  • Very cute! And I finally got how to sew in the lining…
    I also really liked the song playing in your video, where would I find it?
    Greetings from Germany! Lilli

  • What a cute DIY, love the idea of the photo! xx

  • oh no. the reference with iron-on transfer sheets doesn’t open..

  • i love this video! but you guys should show your faces. it seems kind of strange to me to keep them out of the frame. i hope you don’t take that the wrong way. 🙂 i LOVE this clutch and i hope to see more posts like this in the future! (avec your beautiful faces 😉

  • Love this! These (along with everything else you guys do) are on my to-do list!


  • MORE MORE MORE MORE videos!!


  • I need that phone case!! where do I find such a thing?

  • These are so neat! I’d love to make my own.
    Your phone cases are amazing. I hope you start selling them soon.

  • I absolutely love love love this! What a great idea!

  • Very cute project! I LOVE the fabric you used too! Where did you get it?!

  • I love the video the bags are super cute too 🙂


  • Your phone case is the cutest. Please, share where you got it.

  • Wow! Love the video and the case! What program did you use to make the video?

  • cute idea you guys even have a fun print for the lining 🙂
    love the photo printed fabric

  • so cute! now please tell us that you’re going to be selling those adorable iphone cases too!!

  • LOVE this idea! I really really NEED to know where you got those phone cases 🙂

  • I love this DIY, and I think I speak for all of your readers when I say, please sell those ABM iPhone cases! I will buy a million of them (or like, at least one).

  • I love this! So simple and personal! Are you guys going to sell ABM app phone cases like you have? Because I love it and would totally buy one!

  • This is an awesome idea!! Cute <3

    Lulu xx

  • Love the personal photo detail on them!

    xx Kaisa

  • that is so great!

  • Such a fab idea, I think I will have to ask my Mum to get the sewing machine out 😛 I work for an amazing British brand who make luxury handbags and so leather scraps are readily available. I think I will make one to store my external hardrive and to keep makeup in my handbag.. 🙂 (PS love the video!) Rosie x

  • This is such a lovely diy project! I adore the clutch!

  • Soooo cute!!!! where did you get your phone case? thanks

  • Love this little project! Simple and cute! Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks girls!

  • Do you think this is a project that a non-experienced sewer could accomplish?

  • Oh my goodness these are so so cute! I definitely will be making one!

    Juliette Laura

  • Love the video! Hope to see more of those soon 🙂

    xoxo kaylee

  • O.M.G!! That video was adorable. Now I MUST get a sewing machine and a cannon printer. Thanks for the cute DIY!!

    xoxo Lauryn

  • Cute project and adorable video! I think I need one of those printers.

  • your video is sooo lovely 🙂 and the prints are amazing! thanks for sharing this great idea with us 🙂

  • These look so cool! Really handy

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