DIY: No-sew Leather Clutch

Kina Grannis - In Your Arms

I was strolling around a craft store and noticed they sold pieces of 8.5"x11" leather for decent prices. I've been wanting to make a clutch for a while and I felt like this was the perfect material to work with.
So I bought brown and black leather pieces as well as some leather cement glue.

I also drew a sketch of what I kind of wanted it to look like... but in reality, it was just an excuse to use watercolor pencils.

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Things you'll need:

-2 pieces of leather (size depends on how big or small you want to make it)
-leather cement glue
-binder clips
-scotch tape
-something heavy, like a textbook or two

Step 1. Gather a piece of 8.5"X11" piece of leather (or whatever material you would like) and place the part that will be the inside of your clutch face up.

Step 2. Use your paintbrush to spread glue on the longer sides of the leather.

 Step 3. Fold the piece in half and to make sure that the two pieces remain in constant contact while the glue dries...use binder clips or whatever clips you have to the clamp the sides. I waited about a day to make sure the glue really sets but I believe after an hour it was pretty good.

Step 4.  So this part requires you to figure out how you want the top piece to look. I chose an asymmetrical look. I also decided to make a pattern on a piece of paper first before I cut the leather. I scotch taped my pattern to the leather and cut away.

Step 5. Glue the inside top piece to the bottom outside piece. Once the pieces are placed together, place something heavy on top like textbooks. I first placed a glass piece over my clutch (but that's not necessary). I waited a day again, but I am pretty sure that after an hour it was fine.

Step 6. Tadaaa! You have your own leather clutch. Now you can embellish it with studs, glitter, or paint, OR leave just as it is!

Step 7. I decided to paint it because I was inspired by Chic Steals idea of painting leather with acrylic.  I used painter's tape to make my design, sanded the pieces of leather that would be painted, coated the area with water downed acrylic, and finished it off with a couple final coats of just acrylic paint.

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I really like how it looks...the only thing I can't figure out is which way it looks better, just the way it is or with this little skull embellishment. Oh, decisions!

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What do you think about an ode to Alexander Mcqueen? Anyways, I will try to make an updated post with dimensions just in case you want to make a similar one! Updated, sorry for slacking on that!


  1. You made this???? AWESOME! You are so crafty and talented. I love this and it has such an original look.

  2. This looks great!
    You make it seem so easy.

    Mel x

  3. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! This is absolutely incredible. Where did you find the leather?

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  4. It turned out great, I love the asymmetrical flap.

  5. You are SO talented! This looks wonderful and could easily be sold for a pretty penny. I love seeing people display their creative ideas.


  6. OMG, this is totally unbelievable! It looks so chic and expensive!! Kudos, girly!!!

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  7. love it!!!

  8. ooh this is so clever and wonderful! must try this immediately!

  9. you did an amazing, amazing job! i love it!

  10. Very nice, brava!

  11. you are so clever. this is a lovely DIY.. beautiful end result!

  12. This is such a cool DIY! I love it!


  13. i can't believe you made that!! amazing craftsmanship. btw i love kina grannis :)

  14. you're brilliant. i love this. can't believe you made it. stunning. thanks for sharing, love. I've got a new fash trend report. Love to hear what you think. xo

  15. I really enjoyed this post! I love your sense of style!Great tutorial|

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  16. This is super duper amazing I tell you..the stores are totally robbing us,, lol
    loved ur blog..and following it now

  17. Love that you made this with just glue and no sewing! There are so many different ways to do the same project, and it's great for people without a sewing machine to have options.

    I vote yes on the skull embellishment. Is it a necklace charm, or some kind of stud? How did you attach it?

  18. Thank-you for stopping by and I appreciate all your comments!

    @Rachel: The skull was actually a necklace charm! It was a skull head attached to a bony hand and I cut them apart using jewelry pliers. I haven't attached it yet but I was thinking of either gluing it using Aleene's Platinum Bond Adhesive or hand sewing the top part (since it was for a necklace).

  19. love it! I want to give it a try. You've inspired me!

    Maria @ Orchard Bloom

  20. OH WOW!!!!! i love the result of this! Adore ur DIY idea :)
    Follow u <3

  21. Fantastic job! And I love your sketch!

  22. This is fabulous .You are amazing.Love your blog .Follow each other .

  23. that is so cool ! love it !


  24. Ohoho - this is superbly amazing!!
    Super cool! <3

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  25. I really like your blog
    if you want we can be followers


  26. OMG this looks amazing! Looks like a store bought clutch! Great idea!


  27. I LOVE THIS!

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  29. Amazing :)

  30. wow!!nSuch a great clutch!! I just cant believe it holds only with glue? Did it stick together? It looks so cool!! How long did it take you`?



  31. @ luisa: it hasn't fallen apart yet! i think it will hold as long as i don't try to fit humungous items in there. my phone, ipod, and small coin purse fit nicely in there. it took me about 3 days because i waited for the glue to dry for 1 day each time i applied it, but if you are impatient and can't wait that long, i am pretty sure the glue will dry within 1-2 hours and you can have the bag within 1 day!

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