little man diaper clutch tutorial

Boxy bags are simple to make and you can really use them for anything! They would be a great makeup bag or lunch box too. But please pick one purpose for it. We don’t want an old diaper clutch becoming a lunch box…

I picked up a beautiful suit for $4 on half price day. I almost felt bad cutting it up. I thought maybe I should get it altered for my husband. But I shut my eyes and snipped into it with my Ginghers. I had so much fun making the first clutch I knew we needed more. The zippers were also from a thrifty escapade at 25 cents a pop. Can’t beat that for high quality vintage materials.

Prewash your suit. If you’re like me you’ll probably boil it as soon as you get home from the thrift store. Since my suit has synthetics in it, it didn’t felt.

Step 1: Cut up your suit. You need 4 rectangles that are 12 inches wide and 9 inches tall. I self-lined the clutch and it turned out nice and sturdy. I tried one with a nylon interior(so it would be wipeable) but I prefer the self-lined one. It’s so sturdy.

Step 2: To start the pouch, lay one layer of suit fabric down and place the zipper face down lined up at the top. Layer on another piece of fabric and pin them together in a sandwich. Sew at 1/4″ and it will look like this:

Step 3: Now flip the zipper up and make another sandwich with your remaining two layers, one on each side of the zipper. The fabric you’ve already sewn on will be in the middle.

After you’ve sewn it up, it will look like this:
Step 4: Go ahead and clip the excess fabric back to the zipper. And then open your layers up and topstitch 1/8″ from the zipper. Don’t skip the topstitching! I promise it’s details like these that will make it look slick!
Step 5: Next step is to sew up the bottom. Turn your layers right sides together and stitch straight across. (Ignore that seam in the middle, that is just from the pant leg!)
Step 6: Now fold you pouch like this. The zipper will be flat on the bottom seam you just made. Make sure to open the zipper, then pin the sides shut and sew them both up.
You essentially have a usable pouch right now, but to make it boxy and masculine, fold the corners into triangles like so:
Step 7: The side seam will be right in the middle of the fold. You want to create a line parallel to the top of your bag. So pinch it down, then pin it down and measure up 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the point of the triangle.
Step 8: Repeat for all the other corners and then clip them down. Finish seam allowances with serger or zig zag stitch.
That’s all! Turn your clutch right sides out and go change some poopy diapers! (Or hand it to the husband and get outta dodge!)
What would you put in yours?


  1. says

    I’m bookmarking this tutorial! I have an old wool skirt that’ll be perfect for this clutch.

    Thank you for sharing! ;)

  2. says

    i’ve been waiting for this tutorial to come out! I can’t wait to try it. Great idea to use a suit, since I can’t find cute herringbone fabric anywhere!

  3. says

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  4. says

    This is perfect for so many things OTHER than diapers too! Very cool! Thanks for sharing :o)

  5. says

    I just made one!!!! I had to cut my rectangles 12×7 because of the size of the jacket I cut it from. However it is perfect because I am going to use it as a wet bag for my gdiaper liners that I just started using last week.

  6. says

    I would make a stash of these to fill with art supplies for ready to go kids’ birthday presents. I only fantasy sew – my machine has not been uncovered since my kids were born, and I think may have recently moved to the garage. But I just love this idea and am now sending it to my best pal that actually sews. Thanks so much for sharing such a cool project!

  7. says

    @littleb 12-14″ will work. I usually buy long and trim it down! good luck :)

  8. says

    Saw it, pinned it, sewed it! And I love it =] I am also gonna use mine as a diaper clutch but once I’m not doing diaper duty anymore it can be a cosmetics bag! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  9. says

    Is this a 12 inch zipper that was used? Also, I have pretty expensive fabric that I don’t want to use to line the bag, do I only need to squares of the outer fabric and 2 squares to line it?

  10. says

    This is just what I was looking for it’s great. I have a new great great great boy (not the niece) you know no frells for him. But I know where a suit is and no one can wear it anymore, perfect!!!! thank you

  11. says

    So wish I knew how to sew lol. If you ever decide to sell, please let me know! You have fantastic things!

  12. Janel says

    Hi, I am so excited to make this clutch but I am fairly new to sewing and had a few questions:
    1. In the tutorial you do not put in a lining, correct?
    2. How would you put in a lining?
    3. By “self-lining” you mean the same fabric as the outside?

    Thanks for your help.