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. I really liked the style and I love a challenge, so I decided to make one similar myself. I scoped out Hancock Fabric’s for some discount faux leather to try this project out.
First the Supplies:
-I found this scrap pleather (faux leather) I used approximately 1/2 a yard of it.
–Matching Upholstery Thread, this is stronger than general thread which I read would be better for sewing with pleather.
–Leather needle, heavier duty needle that is worth the $3. It makes it much easier to sew on pleather or denim. It just pierces straight through it.
–Sharp scissors, the sharper the easier to cut the pleather. Dull ones will give it a wonky edge. We want a smooth clean cut.
–Paper, Pencil, and Tape to make an easy pattern.
Making a Simple Pattern
I taped two sheets of paper together to get the width I wanted. Then folded it in half to cut a symetrical curve.
Cutting Out the Fabric
It is key here to use tape to affix the pattern to the pleather. NO PINS. Pins will leave little holes in the faux leather and we don’t want that.
Then carefully and slowly cut out TWO copies of the patterns out on the pleather.
Time to Sew
First: With the wrong sides together and points along the top aligned,
sew straight down the outer edges reinforcing at both ends.
Second: Flip the bag inside out, aligning the top of the bag like a smiley face. This will leave the seams (we just sewed) matched up in the center of the bag. That is the style we are looking for.
Then sew straight across the bottom and I went over the stitches again to reinforce the bottom of the bag.
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. You could do a double folded strap or hem it if you’d like.
It is important to stitch over and re-enforce the straps too.
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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Leave me a message below if you’ve ever sewn with pleather. I have a few scraps I need to use up!