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How to sew a Tote bag

sew a leather tote bag

I’m supposed to start a part-time job as a French teacher but I’m still waiting for my schedule!  
As far as I remember my favorite part of going back to school was the new stuff you get: pencils, pen, markers, schoolbag … it was always so much fun!  
Giving class is a perfect excuse to get a new bag to put my lessons and books (which I still haven’t).  So I sewed a nice leather tote bag and I made a tutorial if you want to sew one for yourself!

How to sew a tote bag with faux leather

  • Faux-leather fabric
  • thread
  • 4 eyelets
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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

Looking for more sewing ideas?

You will find all the tutorials featured in this video on my Best off-page.

sewing leather bag

Want to remember it? Save this Leather Tote bag sewing tutorial in your favorite Pinterest board.

sew a tote bag with faux leather


You will find all the tutorials featured in the video on my “Best DIY” page.


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

This blog post is really great; the standard stuff of the post is genuinely


Thursday 25th of September 2014

great collection of bags. really like it