DIY Origami Clutch

imnosidekick_origami Clutch

Cups are one of the most basic objects you could fold in origami. In total, there are about 5 steps. Any child could make it in 10 seconds! They’re useful for popcorn, granola, even water (though I don’t recommend it). Here I channeled this easy craft into a DIY minimalistic clutch perfect for any occasion.


  • 1/2 yard of pleather (faux leather)
  • Two 7-inch metal zippers
  • Iron (optional)
  • Basic sewing supplies (sewing machine is not necessary)
  • Tape
  • Glue (I think glue gun is okay depending on what kind of leather you’re using but E6000 is probably better if you’re using pleather)


First draft your template. Draw a 17 inch by 17 inch square. Next pick two corners and draw two 7 inch by 5/8 inch rectangles. Cut and tape onto your pleather. Do not use pins, otherwise you will make permanent holes.

Fold your material right sides together. Place your metal zippers (zipper faced down) on the strips of pleather at the corners and tape them 1/4 to 1/2 inch away from the edge. I put some extra leg room, just in case my pleather ripped. You can use a sewing machine or hand sew the zippers down. If you plan to hand sew, then use a backstitch.

Flip the material right sides out and topstitch the zipper and pleather together to hold them down. It was a little tricky to use a machine for this step, so I decided to hand sew. However, if you prefer a machine, then use larger stitch lengths, a looser thread tension, and place tape underneath your pressure foot (the tape prevents the foot from getting stuck to the pleather). Also, remember to use a leather needle.

Cut the ends at the tip of the clutch to release the bulk.

This is an optional step, but I ironed the pleather down where I wanted my folds to be so that gluing would be easier. Since pleather is a plastic material, do not apply heat directly to it. Instead, place a towel over and iron. While it cools, place heavy books on top.

As a last step, glue down the folds, having one side overlap the other, and place books on top to secure. If you’re afraid that the glue does not hold, you can tack down the ends.

If you make this clutch then please tag me on Instagram or Twitter using #imnosidekick! Also, if you have any DIY ideas, let me know down below.


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