The Budget Clutch

Old way of doing things

I use the old fashioned tried and tested envelope method to keep our monthly finances in order.  Only problem was that the envelopes get pretty scruffy pretty fast and they kept getting caught on the zipper and I had to fold the money so they fit in the small pouch I had.  Standing at the checkout counter trying to get money out and getting everything on the zipper happened once too often so I decided to do something about it.

I crocheted my own clutch and cut out card tabbed dividers and labeled them.

The clutch is very simple.  I didn’t line it because I thought it would be too bulky.

The tabs make it much easier to get to things and because it is wide I don’t have to fold or unfold anything and have easy access to the bills at any time.  It also makes saving receipts in the right place easier.

You can also use it for coupon organization, receipts, or anything you would like to organize in an easy to carry clutch.

Budget Organizing Clutch

The New Cute Way of Doing things

How to make one

This isn’t really a pattern but more of a simple how to.

Chain 30.

Single Crochet on both sides of the chain to start a round (60 sc)

At the end of each round slip stitch into the first sc, chain one and turn.

Keep going until the height of the clutch is right for your currency plus the height of the tabbed dividers.

To make the fold over part sc 30 then chain 1 and turn.

Work another 10 or 12 rows with 1 decrease at the beginning of the row.  If you are going to use a button leave a button hole in row 8 or whatever looks right for you.

Finally sc all round to give it a cleaner look.

The tab dividers can be downloaded here.

I used the Sweet Butterfly from  Ravelry

5 Comments

  • At 2010.03.07 19:29, Shimaa Gamal said:

    For the record, I really love your crochet obsession :)

    • At 2010.03.17 13:05, jessyz said:

      Hehehehe this is only the tip of the iceberg. I experiment with lots of other stuff but usually end up ripping them and making something else. This yarn was a coaster, then a hat, then a little basket then eventually became the clutch. I love the creative process as much as the end result.

      • At 2010.03.08 10:35, inas said:

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        • At 2010.03.17 13:07, jessyz said:

          we mofeeda kaman :-)

          • At 2011.06.11 09:58, Lynda from Australia :-) said:

            WOW what a great idea for storing cash and other important things. Thank you for sharing this pattern. By the way, I love the colour you used for this project. Best Wishes, Lynda :-)