I’ve been kind of geeking out over this week’s DIY fur clutch purse. Isn’t it just so cute! I absolutely love being able to carry my laptop and binder around in this cute faux fur bag. The belted closure is a great way to keep everything inside secure and the foldover design makes it a piece of cake to put together.
The best part? This project only takes about an hour to complete! I’ll walk you through every step of the way to make the whole bag with this free sewing pattern.
The supplies you will need for this DIY fur clutch are super simple to find with Amazon. Below you can find what I’ll be using to complete this tutorial via shoppable (aff.) links or you could get similiar items at any craft store.
- Silver Magnetic Purse Snap Clasps
- Faux Leather Black Fabric – This kind is ON SALE
- Faux Fur Gray Fabric
- Dressmaker Shears
- Dressmaker Pins
- Basic Sewing Machine – This one is ON SALE
First, cut both fabric pieces into 24″ x 19″ rectangles. Set your faux fur fabric aside. Now, take out your magnetic clasps and remove one set.
Measure about 3″ in from either side of the long edge of your rectangle to mark your magnetic closure placement. Use the closure package directions to punch one side of the magnetic snap closure through your faux leather fabric. I like to use jewelry pliers to fold each end of the closure into place for a snug fit. Be sure your magnet is showing one the back of the fur side of the fabric (or the “right” side.)
Now, the next step is to fold your faux leather in half hamburger style to mark where the other side of your magnetic closure should sit. Punch the opposite side into place so when you fold your fabric in half, the magnets meet up automatically. Repeat on the other side.
Now, lay your faux fur over your leather fabric with both “right sides” facing together. Pin and sew around 3 of the raw edges leaving one of the smaller side seams open like a pouch.
Before flipping your bag inside out to the wrong side, cut the corners so your bag will lay nicely.
When you flip your clutch inside out, you should have something similiar to this:
The Final DIY Steps
Now that your basic diy fur clutch is nearly complete, it’s time to add the belted closure. Cut a piece of fabric into 2″ x 28″ strip and a 2″ x 10″ strip. The smaller strip will be folded in half for your buckle itself, and the longer strip is what wraps around the top of the bag to the bottom part of the bag.
Use a leather punch (I love this one and have used it for 10 years) to create uniform holes starting at 17″ and space them out every 2″ for as long as you want. I only put 3 total holes in my strip because I like how it looks.
Next take your shorter faux leather strip and punch a single hole directly in the center of it. Place it around the center bar of your buckle as pictured.
To secure the strips to the top edges of your DIY fur clutch bag, you could either hand sew them both to the bottom center of the bag, or use a seam ripper to pick out 2″ of thread and sew them into place with a machine. I chose to sew them in place via a machine because I wanted this bag to be as sturdy as possible while still being incredibly simple to make.
Your Own DIY Fur Clutch
On any given day, you will find my blogger binder and laptop nicely stored inside this diy fur clutch. I love how chic it looks and the roomy interior has enough room for anything you desire to fit inside of the bag . Feel free to use this and any of my free patterns to make different colors and designs that suit you! This pattern would also make a nice leather clutch. Also, check out this Lace Up Sweater Refashion that I’m wearing below. It’s surprisingly simple! You can also find my other purse DIY posts here.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
Until next time,
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