DIY: Clutch Purse

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Turn an old or unused wallet into a customized clutch purse!

DIY Clutch walletphotos: jenelle for we heart this

Purses are a great statement piece that can complete an outfit, which is probably why I own so many and I keep buying or creating more. I love this DIY because it allows me to can keep all my cards and money organized when I’m out on the town and it still looks like a clutch purse.

You can use different supplies for this project if studs are not your thing. Shiny gems or sequins would look great for a wedding or party (and can be found at any local craft store) or try a pretty ribbon in place of the elastic for a different texture that pops against the wallet. Just remember the most important thing is to have fun and be creative!

supplies needed for DIY clutch wallet

Glue gun (or super glue)

Tip: Check vintage stores and yard sales for colorful and fun wallets to use for this project.

hand with strap of leather

1. Cut a piece of elastic that is a bit wider than the width of your hand.

studs and pliers for DIY clutch wallet

2. Using pilers, place the studs in the order/shape you would like.

how to fasten studs

3. Fold the elastic over a tad and place a dab of glue (hot glue gun or super glue) to the elastic then stick the elastic to one end of the wallet. To help you do this you can mark before hand where you want to glue the elastic.

stud strap attached to wallet
4. Repeat with the other side and let it dry.

styling a stud wallet with feminine clothes

5. Go out and hit the town with your stylish new clutch!

we heartsters: How many clutches/purses do you own? Do you switch them up to match your outfits?


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    Jenelle is a DIY fashion blogger from Canada who's believes you can be fashionable while staying on a budget. Traveling the world, meeting Justin Timberlake and attending Fashion Week are just a few things on her bucket list. Check out her blog, Nelle Creations for more DIY fun.

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  1. Very cute! I own lots of purses, but not many clutch purses. I put a million things in my purse and can’t fit them in a clutch! I do switch up my purses now and then.

  2. Welcome to the wht team Jenelle @nellecreations – Love your first DIY!

    I hate carrying large bags when I’m out on the town, but have a habit of misplacing the little ones. This smart (and easy – yay!) DIY solves both problems. Not to mention it’s adorable as well. I am a basic black sort of girl – and love studs – so this look is right up my alley, but I love the idea of using ribbons and jewels on a colorful vintage wallet as well.

  3. Thanks! It has come in very handy and it’s so easy to hold. I am loosing less cards now since I am not moving them around lol!

  4. Love, love, LOVE this @nellecreations – I’m a big wallet kind of girl, so I have plenty of these in my collection. The thought of bringing only that on a night out is very do-able. Now, if someone could only come up with a flat lipstick I’d be set!

    Welcome to we heart this, we’re glad to have you.

  5. I absolutely love this project, @nellecreations ! I’m really into clutches this summer, and turning a wallet into a clutch is a fabulous idea!

  6. Welcome Jenelle @nellecreations !!! This is a fabulous DIY and so edgy too. A lot of girls would love to make this I am sure! Can’t wait to see more posts from you!

    1. Thank you Kirsten, can’t wait for your book, you were the first DIY website I found and became obsessed with!

  7. What a cute idea! I have a few wallets that while I don’t use them regularly anymore I love far too much to get rid of, and some of them are just too pretty to hide in a purse. This way I can re-purpose my favorites and show them off at the same time! Thanks @nellecreations !

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