DIY Faux Leather Bucket Bag

DIY Faux Leather Bucket BagI have been on the hunt for a small, but efficient, bucket bag for quite some time now. I wanted something that could hold all my necessities, but didn’t feel too bulky. Since I couldn’t find one out there, I decided to make my own. I used camel colored faux leather vinyl, and the chambray fabric I used for the Chambray Baby Bonnet with Leather Ties. This took me about an afternoon to make, and I have to admit, I already want to make a bunch more in different colors.

DIY Faux Leather Bucket Bag

Find out how to make a DIY Faux Leather Bucket Bag after the jump…

DIY Faux Leather Bucket Bag

DIY Bucket Bag

For the Bag:

Cut two 7″ circles (one of faux leather, one for facing).

Cut two 11″x 22″ rectangles (one of faux leather, one for facing).

For the Strap:

Cut 1 piece of faux leather 3.5″ x 24″

For the Tie and Adjuster:

Cut 1 piece of faux leather 3.5″ x 24″

Cut one piece of faux leather 2″ x 4″

Making the Body of the Bag:

Sew the short edges of the rectangles together (inside out) to make a tube. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Pin and sew to the circles (inside out) so you should have the base of your bag as shown below. It is very important to pin the circle to the base before sewing, some fabrics stretch a bit so you may find that you need to sew your rectangle smaller to fit.
DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Flip the outer bag inside out and place the facing inside with right sides facing.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

If you are using leather or vinyl you want to avoid pinning them together. I used mini clothespins to pin them in place.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Sew the top edges together, leave about 2 to 2.5 inches on each side open. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Use one of the openings to flip your bag through. It should end up looking like this image below.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Now, push the facing down inside.

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Pin or clip the top edges in place and set aside.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Making the Strap:

Fold the edges in, and then fold it in half. Clip into place.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Sew down on each side to finish the strap. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Slip the strap into the open holes on each side of your bag.

Fold in the edges of the fabric and clip into place.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Sew around the top of the bag. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Let’s make some grommet holes.

Sandwich your fabric by pinching it in the middle so that the straps meet. Fold it flat and clip.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Mark where you want each grommet to go by placing a mark on each side of the folds. Here you can see the mark I placed on the front and one side of the inside fold. I also added marks on the back and the other side of the fold.

Lay your bag out flat after and adjust placement as needed.

For more information on using grommets you can check out Jaime’s DIY Grommet Tote. I used 3/8″ grommets for my bag.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Make your tie the same way you made the strap, except for only sewing down one side with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

Once they are attached, lace your your tie through the holes.

DIY Bucket Bag with Grommets

Make Your Adjuster:

Cut your rectangle with pinking shears to keep the edges from fraying.

Fold down each side and sew.

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Flip it inside out and fold the short edges together to make a tube.

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Sew down the middle of the adjuster and thread your ties through.

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Knot the ends of your ties and head out for a day in the city!

DIY Faux Leather Bucket Bag

 

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9 Comments

Kindra S.

How much leather and interface fabric would I need, like in yards? Also, do I need a special needle to sew through faux leather? I’ve never used it before.

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