A Newly Improved Poopy Clutch Tutorial


I had to make myself another poopy clutch (the old one was misplaced) and thought I could do much better than the tutorial/pattern I gave you last year. Without any further ado, I give you THREE versions of the old tutorial!! The new patterns are smaller and still fit up to 3 size 4 diapers plus a travel wipes case!! Very convenient for undercover diaper bags (aka purses).


Materials Notes:

It might be useful to note where my supplies can be found. Button studs, Leather (you’ll want 2-3 ounce leather for this project) and hole punches can be found online at tandyleatherfactory.com, or check out their store locator for the store nearest you. (I sound like an advertisement, but seriously they have everything.)

As seen below, you can also use leather, vinyl or fused plastic. The folks at Etsy labs have a great tutorial on fusing plastic bags. I’ve seen some really cool fused bag projects.

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Leather Poopy Clutch

The No-sew Version
Similar to last year’s pattern, this pattern is optimized for leather, vinyl or fused plastic. No sewing required!

Click here to download the Normal Poopy Clutch Instructions

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The No-Sew Version + SCALLOPED EDGE
This version is my personal favorite. It’s just like the first, it’s made for leather, vinyl or fused plastic, but with a decorative scalloped edge to add a little flirty flair to those messy diapering sessions. No sewing required.

Click here to download the Scalloped Edge Poopy Clutch Instructions

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Sewn Fabric Version
Can’t find leather or vinyl? Wanting to use up your ever-growing fabric stash?!? This pattern is for fabric, complete with instructions for two different edges.

Click here to download the Normal Poopy Clutch Sewing Instructions

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    2. Heather says:

      So Cute! I can’t wait to change diapers one day! Thanks for the free tutorials.

    3. Leah Eucker says:

      Totally on my list of “things I want to make”! Maybe for the next kid.

    4. Nicia says:

      I made one of these last year when you posted it, but I made mine of fabric. Only now the one you’ve made looks way better than mine! It’s such a convenient thing to have! Thanks for the great idea!! They all look great!

    5. Marissa says:

      These are SO awesome, Melissa! Thanks for posting them!

    6. Maegan says:

      Freaking Sweet!!! You are awesome! I love the scalloped edge!

      Can’t wait to try them out (for some mommies to be- myself eventually ;). THANK YOU.

    7. erika says:

      Cute, Melissa. I love the scalloped edged one…however, I doubt I could ever make it! :)

      • Melissa says:

        No Way, Seriously all you have to do is cut, trace, punch and assemble. Seriously it’s so stinking easy. I’ve seen you put together more complicated El Ed posters in college. This should be a breeze!

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    9. Joyce says:

      This is such a great idea!! I’m going to try make the scalloped one for a friend that’s just had a baby. Thanks for sharing!!

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    11. Jennifer says:

      Thanks for this tutorial! I finally made one today, I was so sick of the diapers being all scrunched up in the bag. I’m gonna keep this handy to make for babyshower gifts as well. Thanks again!

    12. Shannon says:

      Hi – just found your blog (via design mom) and was wondering if you’ve ever tried to make one of these with oil cloth? Think it will work?

      Thanks – have a great weekend,

      • Melissa says:

        I think white oilcloth would be fabulous! It’d be sturdy, keep any messes away and still let a little light through. I used two layers of felt in mine, so you’d probably only need one for each side.

    13. Jennifer says:

      Hi! again:). How did you get the floral print inside the yellow clutch? Thanks Jennifer

      • Melissa says:

        You keep asking great questions, Jessica. Keep them coming!

        One of my favorite products for various sewing and bookbinding projects is Heat ‘n Bond, it’s used for fusing fabric together. You can buy it by the roll at virtually any fabric store. I just fuse the fabric of my choice to the leather following the fusing instructions provided in the packaging. If you’re using a thinner leather, 1-1.5 oz, you can do a satin stitch around the perimeter to keep the fabric from fraying. Anything thicker and your sewing machine will hate you forever. If satin stitching isn’t your thing, just put a little bit of fray check around the perimeter and you’re all set!

        Hope this answered your question!

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    16. Amy Hadley says:

      This is awesome! I don’t have bebe’s, but I think I’m ‘unna have to make one for myself. Plus, I’m always on the look-out for gifts that’ll make all the other baby shower guests ooh and aah. I think this would do the trick. Thx!

    17. sharkiee says:


      I i’m on tandy leather online and I’m trying to figure out what leather did you use for this project I love the blue and yellow colors?


    18. I am going to make one of these for new grand daughter- Niya. These are so cute! I will make it out of fabric.

    19. kc says:

      …you might want to double check your spelling—do you mean “p-o-p-p-y” clutch?

    20. sally says:

      Hi. Love this project and want to make one for a friend that just had a baby. What are the dimensions of the leather you would need? I didn’t see that posted anywhere (if it was, i must have missed it!). Thanks for sharing!

    21. sally says:

      A few more questions…what size button stud and hole punch? They have several on the website you suggested and I wasn’t sure which one you bought. Thanks.

    22. Jade Bryant says:

      Hi i absolutely LOVE the scalloped diaper clutch!! i cannot wait to get hold of some leather and or laminated fabric to try this out! :] my 3 year old little girl is out of Nappies now but would make an awesome wet wipe holder or even for going out! :] thanks for the awesome tutorial, when i make one ill link back to you! :] Thanks again :]

      Jade x ♥ x

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    28. Isabella says:

      Love it :)

      I made a list of Clutch tutorials on my blog <3
      You're in it, hope thats okay :)

    29. Celestial says:

      Thank you so much for sharing these tutorial with us. I made several for baby shower gifts. So far the first recipient was completely in love with the clutch and I have no doubt the others will be as well!

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    33. Jocelyn says:

      Hi, I love the clutch and have made it all except I am lacking the button stud. There aren’t any I can buy locally and so will have to order online. What size did you use? I am unsure which size will work best.

    34. Melissa says:

      Either one is fine, but I’d get the small. Hope that helps!

    35. Jocelyn says:

      Thanks so much! I was thinking it might be the bigger ones based on the pictures. I just ordered some smaller ones. Can’t wait to get them! I painted some turquoise feathers on my bland tan vinyl that I got. I also just bought some leather scraps because I have some ideas for sewing on some embellishments on other ones.

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