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Compact Couture: 20 Free Clutch Sewing Patterns

Learn how to sew a clutch for when you want to look runway-ready without lugging around a full-sized purse.

Compact Couture 20 Free Clutch Sewing Patterns

Every occasion requires different equipment. A tote for casual affairs, a crossbody bag for when you're on-the-go, a messenger bag for when you have a heavy load, and so on and so forth. What about those times when all you need are your keys, your phone, and some lipstick? With this stylish list of 20 Free Clutch Sewing Patterns, you can have a clutch for when you want to accessorize without having to drag along yards of extra fabric!

Clutches are the ultimate party accessory. They're light enough to carry all night, and they add just enough flair to every ensemble. Whether it's swathed in sequins or decked in denim, a clutch will never leave your accessorization looking lackluster.

Another great thing about clutches is how little money and time it takes to sew them. Each of these DIY clutch purses take less than a yard of fabric to make and require very little sewing. You don't have to be Louis Vuitton to make a clutch just as glamorous as his!

With this phenomenal list of simple clutch patterns, never feel weighed down by your purse collection again. Light, compact, and chic, these easy clutch sewing patterns are going to revolutionize the way you dress! From hand strap clutch tutorials to designer purse patterns, this list has all you need to look fabulous!

Hand Strap Clutch Tutorials

Simple Party Clutch

One reason why clutches are such a beloved design is because of how easy they are to carry. Small, light, and easily held, clutches are the perfect accessory to tote around all night long. However, the only thing to make a clutch even more user-friendly would be a wrist strap!

Darling designs, like the Simple Party Clutch (shown), will stay as securely on your body as any satchel. With these dainty wrist purse patterns, your cute clutches will turn into ravishing wristlets that you'll never have to worry about dropping again!

  • Easy Afternoon Clutch Pattern

    You don't have to invest in yards of fabric to make this sweet tutorial! Using whatever scraps you have on hand, you can make a simple clutch purse in minutes.

  • Champagne Leather Clutch Pattern

    You'll never worry about leaving this precious pattern behind when you're out on the town! With a small, comfortable strap that you can carry with your hand or hook on your shoulder, this shiny bag is perfect to carry your essentials!

  • Beaded Clutch Tutorial

    Look classy in whatever you wear with this pearl-studded purse. Beachy, scalloped, and altogether gorgeous, this bag will look darling in your hands anywhere from a Sunday brunch to a midnight masquerade.

  • Cheat Sew a Clutch

    Who says you need to be a professional sewist to make a professional-looking purse? With this simple "cheat," you can have your own expertly hemmed wristlet clutch in minutes!

Designer Purse Patterns

Envelope Clutch Free Bag Pattern

Besides their ability to look positively precious with any ensemble, clutches are also one of the hottest purse styles this season! For any fashionista looking to spice up her wardrobe, this list of designer bag patterns will do the trick in minutes.

Look chic as can be with high-end purse styles, like this Coach-inspired Envelope Clutch Free Bag Pattern (shown). Whether they're sewn with leather, made with a hard shell, or given a trendy color design, these free clutch patterns are sure to make any outfit look vogue. 

  • Easy Colorblock Clutch Tutorial

    Colorblocking is one of the most popular color designs this season, and now you can use it on your favorite clutch accessory! Mix and match your favorite color palettes for a geometric design chic enough for any outfit.

  • No Sew Leather Clutch

    You don't have to be able to sew to make this DIY designer purse! With a leather scrap, button stud, key holder bracket, and hole punch tool, you can have your own embellished clutch in minutes.

  • Elegant Envelope DIY Clutch

    Made from a luxurious velour fabric, this winter-ready accessory will make you the belle of the ball. Its lustrous sheen will provide the perfect amount of dazzle to any classic look.

  • Box Frame Clutch Purse Pattern

    This Box Frame Clutch Purse Pattern may look dainty, but it's sturdy enough to withstand years of partygoing wear. Another simple no-sew project, this hard-shelled clutch will have you looking haute couture in no time.

Vintage Clutch Patterns

Classic Rose Clutch

Clutch bags are so iconic because they're so timeless. You can dress an outfit up with a clutch and look chic in any decade, from the Roaring Twenties to the early 2000s. That's why they lend themselves so well to vintage patterns!

These vintage clutch patterns will be the statement pieces of any ensemble. From dainty fabric prints, like the Classic Rose Clutch (shown), to old-school quilted textures to evocative embellishments, this list has everything you need to complete your vintage aesthetic!

  • The Dainty Leather Clutch

    With a powder blue leather, a scalloped edge, and an oversized button closure, this vintage piece is positively adorable! Look like a 1950s darling with this nostalgic accessory by your side.

  • Quilted Clutch Purse

    Quilted textures are timeless. Whether you give this to your grandmother as a birthday gift or wear it for your own vintage vibes, this piece is sure to make any outfit an instant classic.

  • Vintage Patterns Sewing Clutch

    Made with a vintage sewing pattern design, this DIY clutch is made with a simple printable PDF. You'll never look as retro-chic as you will with this Vintage Patterns Sewing Clutch in hand!

  • Letters from the Past DIY Clutch

    There's something romantic about old letters, and now you can bring that love with you wherever you go with this Letters from the Past DIY Clutch. No one will be able to tell whether it's a letter from your sweetheart abroad or a handy purse!

Unexpected Fabrics DIY Clutch Purses

Lined Sequin Clutch

Clutch purses can be the most versatile of accessories because they can be made from just about any fabric, from alligator skin to felt. Though these two examples might not be your cup of tea, the following list of DIY clutch bag patterns is sure to tickle your fancy!

Polish up your party gear with sparkly fabrics, like the Lined Sequin Clutch (shown), or dress down your clutch game with a darling denim design. Whatever fabric you choose, your purse collection is sure to look stellar after this list!

  • The Awesome Denim Clutch

    Upcycle your old denim jeans into a piece you won't want to put down with this spunky Awesome Denim Clutch design! Blocked into differently colored squares, this clutch will match whatever shade of blue you're wearing.

  • Placemat Clutch Tutorial

    Whether you're clearing out your kitchen or going on a thrifting spree, you can upcycle old placemats into priceless purses. Easy, budget-friendly, and fashionable, this rustic Placemat Clutch Tutorial will have you looking lovely for less.

  • Zipper Ruffles Clutch Pattern

    Give your wardrobe a bit of an edge with this Zipper Ruffles Clutch Pattern! Everyone loves to add textured flair to their ensemble, the ruffled zipper of this clutch pattern is sure to do the trick.

  • DIY Zipper Book Clutch

    There's no reason bookworms can't dress cute DIY Zipper Book Clutch! Upcycle your favorite books into adorable accessories, and you'll be sure to show off your literary side wherever you go.

What's your favorite type of purse to sew? Let us know in the comments below!

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