Valentine envelope (or clutch) tutorial

In the Joann Fabrics remnant bin I picked up a piece of sparkly felt. It was just a long, narrow leftover but it was screaming Valentine’s  Day. (Probably, it was originally screaming Christmas but we’ve moved on!) Anyway, a piece of it I wanted for a purse (coming soon) but I had another idea for the rest. My big idea mostly involved trying out a lot of the cool stitches on my new sewing machine!

Ahhhh!!!!

Ahhhh!!!!

 

So, I decided to create a little Valentine envelope or little clutch for my daughter. She loves it and it’s so easy, I wanted to share.

It’s just a little envelope — three pieces really. Two straps  and a “fold-over” envelope body (I added a couple of hearts just for fun.) The envelope body is a long rectangle. The size really depends on what size envelope you want to end up with and how much felt you have.

Fold your main fabric in half and cut identical ends off the top piece that will fold over.

Fold your main fabric in half and cut identical ends off the top piece that will fold over.

That's the basic shape. The bottom of the piece is just folded up and pinned in the picture.

That’s the basic shape. The bottom of the piece is just folded up and pinned in the picture.

I also cut two 2-inch straps (one for the front, one for the back.)

I also cut two 2-inch straps (one for the front, one for the back.

Then, I tried out some new stitches!

I started with a scallop on my front and back straps.

I started with a scallop on my front and back straps.

Added some hearts and more scallops.

Added some hearts and more scallops.

Love those scallops!

Love those scallops!

Added a white heart applique to the back with a flower stitch...with mixed success.

Added a white heart applique to the back with a flower stitch…with mixed success.

Then, I prepared the straps…

Strap 1 -- a Valentine message!

Strap 1 — a Valentine message!

Strap 2 - A red heart that lays on top of the white but is not attached.

Strap 2 – A red heart that lays on top of the white but is not attached.

The front (strap holds the flap closed.)

The front (strap holds the flap closed.)

The back (the strap is for carrying the clutch.)

The back (the strap is for carrying the clutch.)

Simple, cute, and fun to make. The bonus is my daughter loves it!  This one’s not for sale…so try it especially if you’ve got some fun stitches to try!

 

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