Here in this article, we are going to share a tutorial on how to make a leather tote bag
- Any color leather (6 square feet)
- Upholstery thread
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Large and small rulers
- 1/4’’ double sided mounting tape
- Teflon sewing machine foot
- Fabric for liner (1 yard)
- Fusible interfacing (1 yard)
- Leather sewing machine needles
- Glovers needle
Sewing machine tension should have to set lower than normal. If your machine goes upto 6, set it’s tension to 3.
Video Credit: Corter Leather
The Procedure of Making Leather Tote Bag with a Fabric:
Lay the leather on a flat surface and look for imperfection. Work with the good material which left with you.
Mark the portion where you want to cut the leather with a pen and with the help of a long ruler. Cut the marked portion using a rotary cutter.
SIZE OF THOSE CUT PORTION:
- Main body of tote: 1 piece-30’’ w * 18’’l
- Straps: 4 pieces- ¾’’ w*35’’l
- Top section of liner: 1 piece-11/4’’ w*35’’l
The strap pieces were held together by double-sided mounting tape. Then the two pieces were sewed together along the edges.
Prefer not to use pins as a substitute to mounting tape and place the mounting tape in the middle b/w both leather pieces to avoid the needle getting stuck due to glue
After sewing the straps together, the cut piece of the body of the tote was folded in half with the right side together with a strip of mounting tape. Both sides were stitched together till a mark portion.
Place the mounting tape where the sewing will be done and mark the portion where you want your seam to stop.
Open up the ends of the bag to form a semi-triangle. The seam was set in above 2’’ and sew across the bag where the side seam ends. Tie each end of the stitch and trim off the excess leather above the stitch, leaving a 3/4th-inch seam allowance
Once both corners were sewn, the straps were attached to the outside of the tote by small pieces of mounting tape and then they were stitched perpendicularly. The straps were placed 5’’’ in from each side and 3’’ from the top of the bag. A long tail of thread was left at the starting point and ending point of the straps which were then stitched by a glover’s needle inside the bag and then the bottom of the strap was stitched.
To seal the raw edges of leather you can use Mod Podye or you can brush it onto the edges of the straps.
For the liner 11/4’’ strap of leather was cut and folded it in half and sewed a 3/8’’ seam on the end. Take some extra fabric, cut it in the same size like the tote’s body. The liner was stitched together in the same way the body of the bag was sewed and it was attached to the top of the fabric with a mounting tape and finally, the liner and fabric were stitched together.
The liner was placed into the bag and it was attached to the top of leather with a mounting tape. Another seam was stitched along the top of the bag to attach the liner.
And finally, the tote bag is ready.
Tutorial of The Leather Coin Purse
- Two pieces each of the leather and fabric (8’’*5’’) was cut. To make a pocket on the liner a folded piece of fabric was cut into a rectangle (3 ½’’ * 5’’) and was stitched onto the liner.
- Fabric liners were secured to the leather pieces by mounting tape and the top of the liner was stitched to each other.
- The lower and upper edges of the zipper were lined up with the respective leather pieces and sewn with a straight stitch across.
- The zipper will reach the end of the side seams once the leather pieces are closed together.
- After this, the three edges were secured with mounting tape and sewn together. Excess inside seam trimmed out.
- Finally, the coin purse is ready to use.