Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch TUTORIAL

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a crochet project…

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It combines two things I love: crochet texture and leather.

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Yummy. :)

If you are a regular reader, than you know I have an ongoing crochet series called Hip Hooks. If you are new to crochet, I started in the Fall with some very beginner projects and patterns and have worked up to more difficult ones like this one.  It is still a beginner project, but takes just a little bit more time and skill. 

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You need to know how to:

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We will also cover how to do a sc bl stitch, which means you will be single crocheting in the back loops only at certain points in the tutorial.

Materials:

Scrap piece of leather or vinyl about 8×10 inches*
leather punch or Dritz eyelet punch tool
medium worsted weight yarn
F hook (3.75 mm)
sharp scissors
1 inch button
hand sewing needle and thread
 

* You can use an old purse or jacket, buy vinyl by the yard at JoAnn. The source for the leather in this tutorial is the Leather Hide Store (see THIS post for more information and other projects)

Gauge: 22 sc x 25 rows = 4×4 inch square

PREP THE LEATHER FLAP

Download my FREE pattern HERE for the leather flap.

Cut out the paper pattern, trace it onto your leather and cut that out.

Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch (2 of 66) Punch 25 holes evenly across the straight edge of the flap and two holes up the sides of the flap, on each side. 

Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch (3 of 66) Prepare your hook. Now, you will begin by single crocheting (sc) into the leather holes along the straight edge. 

CROCHET THE CLUTCH

Start at one corner…

edit5-001 …and crochet into each hole twice until you reach the other side. This is your foundation row.

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Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch (11 of 66) Chain one at the end, turn and sc crochet three more rows of 50 sc. (if you prefer a traditional pattern format, scroll to the end)

On the fourth row (not including the foundation row), you will crochet into the back loops only.

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Typically you would slide your hook under two top loops, but this time, you will only pick up the back loop. This helps create a nice texture for the outside of the clutch. It can be a little tricky to get the hang of, but one you get going, it gets easier.

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Do the sc bl stitch for the remainder of the row, ch 1 and then turn. Sc three rows of 50, then sc bl another row. You will continue this pattern of 3 rows of sc and 1 row of sc bl, 12 more times or a total of 14 times.

Do not tie of your yarn when you get to the end of the pattern. Instead, pull the loop out far enough, so your work doesn’t accidentally get pulled out.

BLOCKING

Now, this is optional, but I am going to show you how to block your work.

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Blocking is essentially knitting and crochet’s version of ironing. There are several ways to block crochet and knitted items, but the idea is basically setting the shape of whatever you just made so it ‘s not warped and so it lays nice and even.

For this damp or cold method (which is great for a yarn that has acrylic in it), fold a large towel into eighths. Lay your clutch on top of the towel. Shape your clutch how you want it and then pin it into place. Add a damp towel over the top. Once the towel is dry, then your work should be set. You may also want to spray the project directly with a spray bottle of water. Once it’s dry, it’s blocked. (The result is less obvious in these pictures, but it definitely makes it easier to work with)

CROCHET THE CLUTCH TOGETHER

edit5-002 Now, let’s bring the clutch together. Fold the bottom up, so that the right side of the leather faces out. Make sure that the bottom overlaps the inside of the leather flap about one inch, and matches up to the two side holes you made earlier.  Check to see that the back loop stripes match up on the sides as well.

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Single crochet twice into each of the side holes, and then sc into the matched up rows down to the bottom. Tie it off.

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Sc along the other side, weaving the tail in as you go, tie it off.

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Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch (28 of 66) Using a yarn needle with a large eye, weave in the the ends. 

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Take your button and draw a line exactly the height of the button onto the wrong side of the leather flap, with a fabric or air erasing marker (mine is from the Ribbon Retreat). You don’t want to or need to make it larger, because the leather stretches to accommodate the button.

Using sharp scissors, carefully cut the button hole line you just created. 

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Now, fold the flap over and mark the middle of the button hole with a pin. Open up the flap, letting the pin pass through the button hole. This is where you need to hand sew your button on.

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Be sure to only sew through the top layer, so the clutch remains functional.

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All done!

Here is how the back looks:

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Kind of cool right?

Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch (39 of 66) Here is the project in pattern format for your convenience:

1. Cut paper pattern (click HERE for pattern) for the leather flap. Trace and cut the leather flap. 
2. Punch 25 holes along the straight edge of the flap, and two holes up each side. 
3. 2 sc into each hole on the straight edge only. (foundation row)
4. Row 1: Ch. 1, turn. Sc 50. 
Row 2-3: repeat row 1
Row 4: Ch. 1, turn, sc bl 50. 
Row 5-7: Repeat row 1.
Row 8: Repeat row 4. 
Row 9-11: Repeat row 1.
Row 12: Repeat row 4.
Row 13-15: Repeat row 1.
Row 16: Repeat row 4. 
Row 17-19: Repeat row 1.
Row 20: Repeat row 4. 
Row 21-23: Repeat row 1.
Row 24: Repeat row 4. 
Row 25-27: Repeat row 1.
Row 28: Repeat row 4. 
Row 29-31: Repeat row 1.
Row 32: Repeat row 4. 
Row 33-35: Repeat row 1.
Row 36: Repeat row 4. 
Row 37-39: Repeat row 1.
Row 40: Repeat row 4. 
Row 41-43: Repeat row 1.
Row 44: Repeat row 4. 
Row 45-47: Repeat row 1.
Row 48: Repeat row 4. 
Row 49-51: Repeat row 1.
Row 52: Repeat row 4. 
Row 53-55: Repeat row 1.
Row 56: Repeat row 4. 
 5. Block your work (optional).
6. Sc crochet up the sides and into the side holes two times per hole. Tie off.
7. Weave in the ends.
8. Cut a buttonhole and hand sew on your button. 
 
Done!
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The finished clutch is about 9 x 5.25 inches.

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Not a heavy hitting diaper bag ;) but great for carrying around small essentials.

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For more crochet projects, check out my crochet archives page HERE.

Have an awesome weekend! :)


Comments

  1. Leigh Anne says

    It turned out so lovely! I love the leather with the crochet……such a pretty combo. Your tutorial is great! Hope to get some leather and try it out soon

    • says

      Thanks Kelley!

      I got it from the Leather Hide Store. You can use an old thrift-ed purse, vinyl from Joann, or even leather from Hobby Lobby. I don’t believe Joann carries leather. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

  2. Ruth K says

    You are keeping me busy with crochet! I’m working on your crochet infinity scarf now, and I’m thinking this might have to be next. Thank you for feeding my new-found love of crochet.

    • says

      It may if you sew a stiff interfacing to it, or apply Phoomf to it. It’s at Jo-Ann…two sided sticky filler wonder. Stick fabric to both sides, and cut it out. You should be good to go. :)

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