Fall Fever: Faux Leather Tote


 Isn’t it the worst when you find something online that links to nothing? Well I found this adorable leather tote on Pinterest that unfortunately linked to nowhere. So I decided to make one similar myself.

Theirs:

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Mine:

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First the Supplies:

Supplies

-I found this scrap pleather (faux leather) at Hancock’s, I used approximately 1/2 a yard of it.

-Matching Upholstery Thread, this is stronger than general thread.

-Leather needle, heavier duty needle that is worth the $3. It makes it much easier to sew on pleather or denim.

-Sharp scissors, the sharper the easier to cut the pleather.

-Paper, Pencil, and Tape to make an easy pattern.


Making a Simple Pattern

 I taped two sheets of paper together, then folded it in half to cut a symetrical curve.

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Cutting Out the Fabric

It is key here to use tape to affix the pattern to the pleather. NO PINS.

Then carefully and slowly cut out TWO copies of the patterns out on the pleather.

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Time to Sew

First: With the wrong sides together and points along the top aligned,

sew straight down the outer edges reinforcing the ends.

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Second: Flip the bag inside out, aligning the top of the bag like a smiley face. This will leave the seams just sewn on the center of the bag. That is the style we are looking for.

Then sew straight across the bottom.

I went over the stitches again to reinforce the bottom of the bag.

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The Strap

I wanted a rougher looking bag so I cut a strap that is 1/4 inch shorter than the matching ends of the tote bag. I also left the edges raw.

It is important to stitch over and re-enforce the straps too.

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Enjoy the Perfect Faux Fall Tote!

Perfect to pair with your favorite fall boots!

I made mine long enough to hold my sketch books, but it can be made to any dimensons.

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  • Cristina

    Alright, this is super cool!!! I’m going to try it!

    • lindsayscalco

      Thanks Cristina, you should definitely try it!

  • Katelin

    Love the bag! You even made it idiot proof for people like muah who can’t sew to save her life 🙂

    • lindsayscalco

      Thanks Katelin, you are a great artist and very creative, I am sure you can sew if you tried!!!

  • Pam S.

    I like this tote bag! Good choice!

    • lindsayscalco

      Thank you!

  • Pat

    cute!
    I think you did a great job on this… and how wonderful that you can carry sketch books in there. Or even a laptop??

    • lindsayscalco

      Thank you! I can definitely fit my laptop in here too.

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