DIY Valentine Envelope Clutch Purse

Categories: Bags and Totes, Fashion Accessories, Holiday, Winter

This Valentine envelope clutch purse is perfect accessory for Valentine’s Day. You can also use it as a  decoration, an envelope for a fabric card, or a holder for all your Valentine’s when you deliver them. This tutorial shows you how to make a basic fabric envelope, which you can customize to fit your style. I made it oversized, so there is enough room to hold your essentials whether your are going on a date or out with your friends. I love a good quirky bag, as they are great conversation starters, and often encourage others to make their own versions.

Project Note: That’s it for this bag. You can make it as intricate as you want to, because Valentines are all about personalization for your sweetheart. You could take this basic bag construction and make it in any color with your own designs. Oly*Fun comes in 18 colors, so go wild! Add a wrist or crossbody strap to make it easier to carry, before sewing the sides. The size up to you. You could make it mini for a change, cash, or card holder. Add pockets before sewing the layers together, for a more utilitarian bag.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Oly-Fun Craft Pack in Snow White
Oly-Fun Craft Pack in Bubble Gum
Oly-Fun Craft Pack in Cherry
Supplies
Red, hot pink, and white thread
Tulip fabric markers in black, pink and red
1" Wide white hook and loop tape
A sewing machine
A hand sewing needle
A clear quilting ruler
A pencil
Straight pins
Scissors
Pinking shears or decorative edge scissors

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Instructions

Step One

From the Snow White and Bubblegum Oly*Fun fabrics, cut 2 rectangles 11.5″ by 20″.

Step Two

At one short end, find the center and mark that with a pencil. Mark the rectangle 3″ down on each long side. Connect the side and middle measurements to create two equal angles, which mimic the pointed flap of an envelope. Repeat on the other rectangle.

Step Three

Match the two envelope panels together and pin in place. With white thread, stitch around the perimeter about 1/4″ from the edge. The white fabric will be the outside. Doubling the fabric add structure and gives a nice color pop when the finished bag is opened.

Step Four

Fold the envelope up 7 1/4″ and hand press. Fold the flap down the meet it and hand press.

Step Five

Cut the hook and loop tape 1 1/2″ long.

Step Six

Pin one piece of the hook and loop tape to the back of the flap centered near the point.

Step Seven

Stitch the piece of the hook and loop tape in place on the flap. We’ll cover the visible stitching later.

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Step Eight

Fold the flap down, and place the other piece of the hook and loop tape onto the envelope pocket, to match it’s mate. Pin in place.

 

Step Nine

Open the envelope pocket flat. Stitch the piece of the hook and loop tape into place. Fold the envelope back into shape.

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Step Ten

From the Bubblegun Oly*Fun (I used a scrap from making the point), cut a small rectangle about 1 3/4″ by 2″.

Step Eleven

Using the pinking shears or decorative edge scissors, cut the edge of the rectangle. This will make it look like a postage stamp.

Step Twelve

Use the Sharpies or fabric markers to create a love themed design. I found the red and black showed up the best, but I used a dark pink Sharpie too.

Step Thirteen

On the front of the envelope, pin the stamp on the top right corner, a little from the edge.

Step Fourteen

Thread the hand sewing needle with hot pink thread. Match the thread ends and knot them together.

Step Fifteen

Starting at the back, hand stitch around the stamp’s edge, following it’s decorative shape. Knot off the thread on the back and cut the excess.

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Step Sixteen

For the canceled postage and depot marks, I used a black Sharpie. For the depot stamp, I traced around two round objects with a pencil, went over them with the black Sharpie, and added location (where I live) and date info. I freehand drew the wave lines, but you could draw them 1st with pencil.

Step Seventeen

With the Cherry Pop Oly*Fun, draw a heart about 3″ wide by 2 1/2″ tall. Cut it out.

Step Eighteen

Using a black Sharpie or fabric marker, write “BE MINE” or any other desired words inspired by the Sweethearts candies. Make dash marks around the heart’s edge, mimicking stitches.

Step Nineteen

On the back of the envelope, pin the heart into place, slightly overlapping the point. The heart will cover the hook and loop tape stitching.

Step Twenty

Thread the hand sewing needle with red thread. Match the thread ends and knot them together.

Step Twenty-one

Starting at the back, hand stitch around the heart, in between the black dash marks. Knot off the thread on the back and cut the excess.

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Step Twenty-two

On the front of the envelope, write your desired From and To names. The bag can be opened flat at this point. This is a great time to sew on more hearts, add embellishments, use stencils or draw more things if desired. I kept it simple.

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Step Twenty-three

On the envelope back, open the flap. Pin the sides. Straight stitch along both sides, following the previous stitching. I like to start at the bottom and stitch towards the opening, to accommodate any fabric shifting.

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