DIY Leather Clutch on a Budget

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With so many D.I.Y. clutch projects out there, I was inspired to give it a try. I wanted to keep things simple because it was my first purse project and I didn’t have a lot of time to spend working on it. For those of you who don’t have a lot of time or just aren’t that crafty this is the project for you.


I dug through my closet and found an old leather bag that I hadn’t carried it years and didn’t mind altering.


Here is a list of things you will need to complete this project:

  1. Handbag (I chose a bag deep and soft enough to be folded in half)
  2. Scissors
  3. Fabric glue that dries clear
  4. 4 Binder clips or a heavy book

After finding a similarly shaped handbag, cut the handles off or cut the threads holding the handles in the bag.

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  • If you cut the handles off, you’re done! I’m not kidding, fold the bag in half and it’s ready to use.
  • If you chose remove the threads with the scissors, don’t get discouraged. This is the hardest step of the project.

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  • Once, the threads are taken out and handles have been removed, set the handles to the side or throw them away. (I saved mine for a future project I have in mind)

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  • Place a small amount of fabric glue between each area the handles came out of and use a binder clip to hold the area together until dry.

Note: If you don’t have binder clips you can take a heavy book or any other flat heavy object and place on top until dry.

  • Wait a few hours for the glue to dry, fold the bag in half and you’re ready to go!


This DIY leather clutch on a budget is a great way to up cycle those old bags you’re having trouble parting with. Comment below on how you up cycle your old bags?



I’m a wife, mother and owner of Sakura Luxe living my life in sunny California. I love to create handmade things but I also love to inspire others to live their best lives. Blogging is a great way to marry those passions.

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