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How to sew a Tote bag

sew a leather tote bag

Have you ever found yourself browsing through a store, admiring a beautiful faux leather tote bag but hesitating to buy it because of the steep price tag? Or have you been on the lookout for the perfect bag that is durable, stylish, and versatile, yet never seem to find the right one?

Look no further, because in this article, we will explore how you can create your own faux leather tote bag without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or a beginner looking to add some unique pieces to your wardrobe, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of crafting a one-of-a-kind faux leather tote bag that will turn heads.

So, dust off that sewing machine, and get ready to unleash your creativity and style as we dive into the world of DIY faux leather tote bags.

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How to sew a tote bag with faux leather

Master the art of sewing a stylish and fashionable tote bag with this comprehensive guide. From choosing the right fabric to adding trendy embellishments, discover how to create a tote that turns heads wherever you go.

If you want a more colorful version of this tote bag, I’m pretty sure oilcloth fabric will work! Let’s start sewing!

cutting pieces of leather tote

Cut two squares of 17×17 inches to make the bag and two rectangles of 24×3 inches to make the bag handles.

sewing leather tote bag

Places the squares on top of each other, right side facing. Hold the faux leather fabric with clips and sew each side. Don’t sew the bag bottom yet. Open the seams, iron at very low heat to flatten the seams. Make seams on both sides to old it flat. Do this step for each one of the seams.

When working with faux leather, try to avoid using pins, as it will make small holes in the fabric that will remain visible.

sew bottom leather bag

Place the seams on top of each other, the bag still has the wrong side out, and sew the bag bottom. On each corner of the bag bottom make a perpendicular seam of 2 1/2 inches then cut the extra fabric.

making tote bag

Turn the bog right side out. Place to eyelet on each side of the bag, next to the opening. Pass a ribbon or a strip of faux leather between the eyelets and close with a knot.

sew tote bag handles

The last step is sewing the bag handles. Take the two strips you previously cut, fold them lengthwise and make a seam in the center. Place the handle on the bag, next to the opening and stitch them in place. Try to place the handles the same way on both sides of the bag. 

Et voila! Perfect for toting books and magazines. I think I’ll use it as a handbag in the meantime! And then I would have to stop making bags ( bag, and bag ) for now, I run out of storage!

How cool is this faux leather tote bag? I like the pearl grey color, it gives the bag a touch of elegance. I think it can be fun to make a tote with more colorful fabric. What do you think? Would you like to make this tote? In which color?

diy leather bag

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sew a tote bag with faux leather


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Jens C. Kruse

Thursday 11th of May 2017


liz love

Thursday 12th of May 2016

You are amazing! This is the best tutorial I've seen on bags...You are very Creative! Thanks so much...

liz love

Thursday 12th of May 2016

You are amazing, this is the best tutorial I've seen yet...and you are very Creative!Thanks again!

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Thank you so much Liz, you make my day! :)

Ashlyine Brooke

Thursday 11th of February 2016

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Thursday 25th of September 2014

great collection of bags. really like it