You can learn how to make a leather tote bag with this easy to follow tutorial. This tote bag is perfect for quick overnight trips, school books and grocery shopping. Perfect for on the go
1/2 yard medium weight cotton, eg) denim, twill
1/2 yard faux leather or lightweight vinyl
4 D rings
1 magnetic snap
out of twill:
2 X Outer Bag (Piece A) – 22″ x 18″
4 X Strap Tab (Piece E) – 6″ x 4″
2 X Strap (Piece F) – 25″ x 4″
out of faux leather:
2 X Outer Bag Leather (Piece B) – 22″ x 13.5″
2 X Lining Facing (Piece C) – 22″ x 4.5″
out of cotton:
2 X Lining (Piece D) – 22″ x 14.5″
It is helpful to label each piece with masking tape so they don’t get mixed up!
All seam allowances are 1/2″
How to make a leather tote bag.
Step 1 – Sew the Lining
Cut a small scrap of fabric, approximately 1″ x 2″, and fold it in half. This is to reinforce the snap. Center it on the wrong side of Piece C
Cut 2 small holes and insert the magnetic snap. Repeat with the other side.
With right sides together, pin and sew lining facing (piece C) to lining (piece D). Fold seam allowance up and topstitch. Repeat with other side.
Pin and sew lining together along sides and bottom, leaving a 3″ opening along the bottom edge for turning. (I forgot, so I had to seam rip it open later!) Clip bottom corner.
With the right sides together, fold the lining so that the side seam is lined up with the bottom seam. Measure up 2.5″ from the bottom corner and stitch across.
Trim this seam. Repeat with the other corner.
Now you have a lining with a base and sides!
Step 2 – Sew the outside of the tote
Fold under 1/2″ of one of the long edges of piece B. I find it helpful to use glue stick to keep it in place. Pin it to the right side of piece A.
Topstitch close to folded edge. Baste remaining edges. Repeat with other side.
Step 3 – Assemble the Straps for the bag
Fold the short ends of the strap tabs (piece E) 1/2″ to the wrong side. Press.
Fold in long ends in towards the center, then fold the strap in half. All the raw edges are now enclosed. Edgestitch along all 4 sides.
Thread the strap tab through the D ring. Fold one end over 1″ and topstitch in place. Apply the rivets.
Position the strap tab on the outer bag 3″ down from the top edge and 6″ over from the side. Topstitch it in place. It is helpful to use a zipper foot to get around the rivets. Repeat with the other strap tab and the other side.
Sew the straps in the same manner (piece F) and stitch them to the other side of the D ring.
Step 4 – Put the tote bag all together
Assembly outer bag in the same way as the lining by stitching across the bottom corners.
Place the outer tote bag inside the lining, right sides facing, matching raw edges at the top of the bag and aligning side seams. Be sure the straps are tucked out of the way. Stitch.
Turn right side out through the hole you left in the lining.
Stitch opening in lining closed (hand stitch for a cleaner finish).
Topstitch along top edge. You’ve completed the how to make a leather tote tutorial
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