DIY Envelope Clutch

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I have been seeing a lot of women sporting an “Envelope Clutch Bag” and obviously I want one too! As always I don’t want to be spending money I don’t even have at the moment. So you can imagine already how I feel. Miserable. How I wish I have my great grandmother’s sewing machine, or the portable sewing machine I have bought from craigslist… except they’re both in the Philippines and there is just NO way I would ever have those shipped as it will cost way too much. I honestly think if I would do that I am better off buying a brand new one as it will be at the same price range. Although, even if I don’t have a sewing machine I won’t give up just yet on making my own clutch bag. I’ll just have to do it the old school way and do it manually by hand. Yep.

If you’re like me who can’t wait to save up and want to steal the look your favorite fashion blogger is sporting then this entry is definitely for you! No need for a sewing machine, just prepare some time and effort. Here’s a simple visual guide to make your own version…


DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

DIY Envelope Clutch Bag

I decided to make myself a Paris Map envelope clutch, so I dug up my junk box and looked for the map I took home as a souvenir. That way I can have the bag I have always wanted and be able to preserve the memories I had in Paris and be able to take it with me too! Ha, now I get to hit two birds in one stone. ;] If you have any question, suggestion, or request feel free to let me know. Til’ next xoxo.

My name is Angela Ricardo Bethea and I am the founder and editor behind ( and many other online publications ) ... I love the finer things in life, I'm quite a shop-a-holic and a certified jet-setter. So if I am not behind my laptop to blog, I'd probably be shopping if not traveling.


  1. animetric

    December 17, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Your DIY tutorials are sooo cute and creative. <3

  2. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 2:24 am

    thank you sis! Need to do the DIY to steal the look πŸ˜› <3

  3. omgitskatsy

    December 17, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Awwweee. The clutch is cute and it’s neatly done!Β 

  4. Michelle Bugante

    December 17, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Awww this is so cute! I’m too lazy to do DIY stuff but you are just beyond creative! πŸ˜€

  5. Matsumoto Chan

    December 17, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Neat!!! Had I the time, I’ll spend more time for creativity…lovely site you have. so artistic!

  6. Claire

    December 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

    wow love it.. so creative!! <3

  7. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    thank you! β™₯

  8. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Thank you so much for the kind and sweet words. I get really swamped and busy too but every once in a while I try to ind time to express myself by arts and craft. πŸ˜€

  9. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    At times I feel lazy too but sometimes I realize I do have creativity and I need toget it out before I get super rusty. ;]] thanks!!! β™₯

  10. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Nakuuu thank you! Sakit ng daliri ko kamo pagkatapos… hirap tusukin ;]] Plastic kasi pang push ko. πŸ˜›

  11. Michelle Solee

    December 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    lovely DIY project, we have the same keychain, (got it from baby couture bag) =)

  12. Gellie Abogado

    December 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    you’re really creative! πŸ™‚

  13. Gil Camporazo

    December 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    DIY is more fun. It requires your creativity, your resourcefulness and patience. Once you’re done, another things is to share it for others to benefit from. That’s what I call generosity by doing!

    Gil Camporazo’s latest blog: BC Bloggers: Don’t Beg for Links

  14. Lissa

    December 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    It really looks good! It’s always fun to be creative πŸ™‚

  15. Ria Hazel

    December 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    So clever! I Lurve the concept πŸ™‚

  16. chrisair

    December 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    creative, you are so talented I thought that beautiful women like you had no interest in doing diy, and I was wrong

  17. Jay-Agent112778

    December 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    thanx for sharing on how to do that bag. ill make one for myself for travel papers

    visiting this entry thru FB Pinoy Bloggers Worldwide

  18. Allen

    December 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Wow! Very creative! My girlfriend is also very creative and I’m always impressed with her creations. πŸ™‚

  19. Pink MagaLine

    December 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    That is a pretty smart idea. The keychain is cute.

    Visiting from PB! πŸ˜€

  20. KindleHearts

    December 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    you are very creative my dear..thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚ I’ll try making myself one!

  21. joysflair

    December 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    wow! very creative, nicely done πŸ™‚Β 

  22. Shydub

    December 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I must say, that you are good and very creative.Β  You can be a trendsitter because that paper bag looks amazing, Thanks for sharing. Btw, you have a very nice blog

  23. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you! My mom tells me the same thing and I use to think she’s just saying that coz I’m her daughter. You’re sweet words are very heart warming. I hope even if I don’t become a trend setter someday, that at least some people can find their way to my blog and find it helpful. πŸ˜€ xox

  24. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    thank you!

  25. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    You’re very much welcome! Would love to see your version please share and let me know.

  26. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you! I got them both from my Paris trip and now it’s a memory that I can always take with me. πŸ˜€

  27. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks! We all have a creative side we just have to let the artist in us work it out and let the creation pour out. πŸ˜€

  28. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, you’re very welcome indeed! That would be great, please do share it when you do already. Would love to see it!

  29. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Awww thank you so much! You’re too kind… and with my sincerest gratefulness to your sweet words. I LOVE DIY’s they’re budget friendly and customize-able to my liking. πŸ˜›

  30. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks! I plan to do more. πŸ˜€

  31. Angela Ricardo

    December 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks! I think so too!

  32. Rhea Bue

    December 18, 2011 at 12:07 am

    ang cuuuute!! πŸ˜€ nice DIY envelope clutch sis! πŸ™‚ you’re creative indeed! I love it! πŸ˜€

  33. Ning Magcauaus

    December 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

    you’re a creative girl, and this can be a good gift for a friend, i do that. give out hand crafted gifts out of the blue, or a token of appreciation. πŸ™‚

  34. Peachy

    December 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

    That is so creative!

  35. blankPixels

    December 18, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Cool idea for keeping a souvenir! ^_^

    I used to make DIY bags when I was younger. I enjoyed doing it in my Home Ed class so much that I continued on til college. I stopped when my schedule got all hectic. This reminded me of that. I gave away most of the ones I made though.

  36. Cha

    December 18, 2011 at 3:31 am

    wow! Very creative!

  37. ralph

    December 18, 2011 at 3:40 am

    very creative and a great suggestion especially these holiday seasons… a nice giveaway… thanks… Yahweh bless.

  38. Sining Factory

    December 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

    This is really good. You are very creative. πŸ™‚Β 

  39. Arcee Caspe-Camps

    December 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    wow, you are such a great artist…i wish i have that crafting skills, too. loved everything about your envelope clutch.

  40. Ayah

    December 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    ikaw na ang mahilig sa mga DIYs. πŸ˜€Β 
    dpat, may DIY site ka na eh. ang galing2 tlga. πŸ˜€ thanks sa mga tuts sis. they’re really helpful.

  41. Sumi Go

    December 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    This is just brilliant! πŸ™‚ I love DIY projects too and I usually do mine by hand. Anyway, loving your envelope clutch! πŸ™‚

  42. Angela Ricardo

    December 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you very much! We’re on the same page. I do mines by hand too. Well I still prefer to use a sewing machine if I have one at my disposal. Sadly I don’t at the moment but will continue to do DIY’s even if hand made. πŸ™‚

  43. Rochelle Caparas

    December 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    wow! very resourceful πŸ™‚ a brilliant idea.

  44. facebook-1103005473

    December 20, 2011 at 2:20 am

    my business partner’s sister in the US sells jewelry at etsy and i have a friend here in RP who makes bags for himself and friends.Β  you guys can get together?

    where are you?

  45. Don Garcia

    December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    wow! this is genius! so creative..

  46. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Awwwe you’re too kind! I just copied the look. πŸ˜› Thank you so much. xox

  47. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    thank you! xoxo Let me know if you have a blog so I can check it out too… xoxo

  48. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    thank you so much! It doesn’t take much creativity… you just need to put effort and some time to it. Pretty easy to do. Give it a try. I would love to see your version. Thanks for visiting my blog too. xox

  49. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you so much! xox

    PS: If you have a blog please feel free to share it so I can visit it as well.

  50. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks! It would be a nice giveaway indeed…but only if I have a sewing machine to use to sew it up. It takes quite a lot of time and hand work to do just one. TC and god bless as well. xox

  51. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    thank you! xox

  52. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thank you so much! I got mine from a novelty store in Paris. πŸ™‚

  53. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:06 am

    thank you!

  54. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Awwwe I never thought of it that way. Thank you. I simply share whatever I can think of from the top of my head. πŸ˜›

  55. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Ayiii thank you naman kagandahan! Nagiinarte lang alang pang shopping eh πŸ˜› hahaha

  56. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Thank you! I give out hand crafted gifts too! I think they’re special and made with love and effort. πŸ˜›

  57. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

    thank you so much! xox

  58. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Thank you! n____n

    I haven;t had the chance of making big bags or purses but body bags I have. Home Ed is also what got me started at an early age. Which up to date is something I pride myself with that I am able to hand craft good like these. I would of love to see your creations.

  59. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:15 am

    hahaha di naman… ang tawag jan inspired! Inspired magkaroon ng version at dahil di makabili kinopya na lang. :)))) —and you’re very welcome. Kung me request ka or idea share lang. πŸ˜›

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