Wallet Clutch Tutorial

Make a super cute Wallet or Clutch with adorable pleats using our tutorial.

A wallet or clutch is an absolute must for carrying all your must haves without all the bulk of a purse! Learn how to make this super cute pleated wallet/clutch with our Wallet Clutch Tutorial by Havalah from Sisters, Sisters.

Hi I’m Havalah from the blog Sisters, Sisters and I’m so happy to share a tutorial with you today.

Today I’m going to show you how to make this cute Wallet or Clutch with fun pin tuck pleats. It is super easy and makes for a great wallet, but can also be used  to carry your wallet, cell phone, keys, and whatever else you fancy. 

Easy and adorable DIY Wallet or Clutch purse.

Let’s get started!

Wallet Clutch Tutorial


Step 1: Gather supplies and fabric.


1/4 – 1/2 yard each of two coordinating fabrics (I use up to 1/2 because I like to play it safe just in case I mess up. : ) I used Micheal Miller’s Gray Parade Day and Turquoise Falling Flowers.


a coordinating zipper

1/4 yard medium weight interfacing

1/4 yard fusible fleece or cotton batting

All supplies can be found at The Ribbon Retreat.

Take fabric and make pintucks. Fold and sew in the fold and fold some more.

Step 2: Because we are doing pin tuck pleats, we are going to make some before we cut out our fabric. 

Pin tucks are super easy and kind of fun to sew. If your fabric is specific to direction (like mine is), then you want the pin tucks to go vertical with the fabric direction. 

Start by folding over the edge of your exterior fabric by at least an inch and pin. Then as close as you can set your needle, sew a straight line very close to the fold (the yellow line below is a good idea where you should sew your pin tucks). Repeat this process until you have as many pin tucks that you desire.

I did pin tucks for about 6 inches into the fabric. Also,  I like to vary the width apart between my pin tucks, but you can measure each one if you like. 

Cut out your fabric.

Step 3: After finishing your pin tucks, it’s now time to cut out the fabric. Here’s what you need:

– For the exterior, cut  two  7″ by 12″ pieces of fabric

– For the lining, cut two 7″ by 12″ pieces of fabric  

– cotton quilt batting or fusible fleece, cut two 7″ by 12″ pieces 

– for the pocket, cut one piece of fabric 7″ by 12″, and cut one piece of the medium weight interfacing 3 1/2″ by 12″

– for the outer handle, cut one piece of fabric 12″ by 2″

*use a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless I say otherwise

Fold your pocket piece and insert interfacing.

Step 4: The Pocket (you can skip this step if you are not interested in having pockets).

Using the pocket piece, fold it hot dog style and press. Then insert the interface piece inside the folded piece. 

Stitch two lines 1/4" apart along the fold of the pocket piece.

Step 5: Next sew two stitches (1/4 inch apart) on the fold of the pocket piece (as seen below).

5b: Now place your pocket piece on top of one of the lining pieces and pin. 

Place your pocket piece on the inside fabric, right side. Sew vertical lines to make the pockets and sew together.

5c: Next you’re going to sew the pocket piece to one of the lining piece.  I only sewed two vertical lines which made three pockets total, but it’s up to you. You can choose to only sew one line down the middle to make two pockets.

Take your handle piece, fold right sides together, sew and turn inside out. Be done or sew around the piece.

Step 6: Next we’re going make the handle for the clutch. Fold your fabric piece hot dog style inside out and sew. Then turn into right side out and press. I then sewed three lines along the length of the handle for the look, but you don’t have to do that. 

Place your pieces together as shown in picture to sew to the zipper.

Step 7: Ok, let’s assemble all the pieces and sew them to the zipper. You’re going to want to lay your fabric on top of each other as shown in the above picture with (a) being the bottom and (b) being the top: a – fusible fleece or quilt batting, b – exterior piece RIGHT side UP, c – zipper (zipper should be face down on exterior fabric), d – lining piece RIGHT side DOWN

Sew to zipper.

Step 8: Using your zipper foot, sew all the pieces together. Make sure your tension is adjusted correctly for thick fabric. If you don’t know the setting, then practice on scrap fabric.

Repeat step 8 with other fabrics.

Step 9: Flip your sewn fabrics WRONG side together to get it out of the way. Repeat step 8 with the remaining fabric for the other side. 

Press and top stitch along the zipper.

Step 10: Now flip both sides so that WRONG sides are together. Press and top stitch both sides along the zipper (as seen in yellow).

Place handle on outside fabric and pin.

Next lay on the fabric where you want the handle to be then pin in place. You want it to be touching the exterior fabric. 

Unzip zipper and place fabrics to be ready for sewing.

Step 11: First make sure your zipper is unzipped, then flip fabrics around so that the exteriors are facing RIGHT sides together and the linings are facing RIGHT side together. 

Sew around the perimeter of the clutch using a 1/2" seam. Leave an opening to turn.

Step 12: Now pin around the whole perimeter. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the whole thing leaving a 3″ to 4″ opening on the lining side. 

Cut your corners and turn right side out.

Step 13: After you sew around the whole thing snip off the corners so that they will look sharp. Then through the 3″ to 4″ opening, turn the clutch right side out… and you’re almost done!

Sew the opening closed by pulling out the lining and then stuff it back in the bag.

Step 14: Pull out your lining so it’s right side out and sew the opening in the bottom. Then stuff it back into the clutch and you’re done!!

All done, enjoy!

Thank you so much Havalah!

I love this purse and all the different fabrics you can use to make it one of a kind. This would be awesome for yourself or as gifts (I’m already thinking about Christmas!)

I personally love it because of how useful it is. I can stick it in the diaper bag for everyday use and pull it out (without having to transfer all my items) for a night out.

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Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful clutch!

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