See it. Love it. Make it.
If you are a busy working gal like us, then you understand the struggle to hold your entire life in a bag without looking like a bag lady. You know what I mean: your laptop, iphone, note book, toiletry bag for quick afternoon touch-ups (“all day wear” is not never really so), lunch, snacks, etc. We can all agree that giant totes are the perfect size, but they don’t quite go with a Prada dress. My solution: The quick and easy DIY Slouchy Leather Tote Bag that can easily store all of your everyday necessities!
Make sure you download and print the pattern. Piece the pages together following the row and column numbers.
- 111068_2F2015-09-16-192341-slouchy+leather+tote+bag+pattern.pdf 28.5 KB [ Download ]
You Will Need
First, a quick crash course on working with leather:
● Leather is sold in pieces, not by yardage. Make sure you purchase a piece that is big enough for the tote bag. Leather also comes in different thicknesses and types; I would recommend a lighter weight to accommodate a regular domestic sewing machine.
● Use a Teflon foot or a walking foot when you are sewing with leather.
● Leather is like skin: Once you stitch, the hole is permanent. Check it once, check it twice, then stitch. Try to avoid mistakes as much as possible.
● Don’t use pins. If needed, use paper clips to help secure leather pieces together while sewing.
● Don’t backstitch to secure stitches. Tie the loose thread into knots instead.
● Use a Leather sewing machine needle.
● Use Nylon thread, since it is stronger than regular polyester kinds.
● Leather has no grain line; Feel free to cut the pattern on the leather in a way that best utilizes the piece.
● Use a larger stitch length when sewing leather.
● Do not use the iron to press your leather!
● Use Glover needles for hand sewing.
● When cutting the leather, trace the pattern shape on the wrong side of the leather, then cut. Remember not to pin.
● Always test-sew on a piece of scrap first before sewing the real thing. You may have to adjust your machine tension. Every machine sews differently with leather, unless you are using a industrial sewing machine.
● If your machine is not sewing friendly with leather, your alternate option is hand sewing. Use an Awl to puncture a hole through the leather first, then use a back stitch method to stitch the tote bag.
Tools you will need:
● Leather glue or leather tape
● Leather sewing machine needles
● Hand sewing needle – glover needles
● Nylon thread
● Teflon foot or walking foot
● An awl
● Sewing machine
● Sharp scissors or rotary cutter
Materials you will need:
● 1 large piece of soft leather, light weight. Make sure it’s big enough to cut out the tote bag. Any color of your choice.
● ¾ yard of cotton twill. This fabric is for the tote bag handle, so choose the heavier weight. Contrast color is a good idea for aesthetic purposes