DIY Leather Tote

DIY Leather Tote
Shannon from Clad&Cloth is back again with another fantastic tutorial for you. Last week she shared the tasty Homemade Churros Recipe, today she is sharing this cute leather tote. This tote is perfect for a day at the farmer’s market or day at the beach. I have been dying to make this. You can use the excess leather to make a matching Leather iPad Case, Leather Bow Bracelet, or these Leather Baby Shoes.

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Find out how to make the DIY Leather Tote after the jump…

DIY Leather Tote

I was perusing around the internet and I found a DIY Leather Bag Tutorial. I fell in love. So ooooobviously I decided to make one for myself, especially since I have extra leather lying around. Before I get to the tutorial I have a confession to make (I know I make way too many confessions on here). I actually was a jock in high school and made fun of people who did crafts (it was a long time ago peepoe). I always thought sewing was cool but I did not have the patience to do it. I was so impatient that I would only make it past cutting the fabric. My mom the other day actually found some cut up denim in our dress up box from one of my many unfinished projects. I was really good at cutting things. So the moral of the story is anyone can be a crafter. Anyway on to the tutorial.

I’ve worked with leather quite a bit, so this may not be true for everyone, but this was not that hard. Here’s my play by play of how I made it.

Tools you’ll need:

1. Leather

2. Rotary Cutter

3. Ruler

4. Marking Pencil

5. Sewing Machine

DIY Leather Tote

Here are the measurements. If you’ll notice the bottom of the leather is folded so that we avoid a seam on the bottom.

DIY Leather Tote

Sew up both sides of the bag, right sides together, using your sewing machine.

DIY Leather Tote

Now this part may seem really tricky but it’s really not. What you’ll do is put where you sewed the sides in the middle of your opening and then sew each side. This is making the bottom of the bag. Repeat for both sides. By the way, if this isn’t making sense leave a comment with your question(s).

DIY Leather Tote

After sewing up both sides turn the bag right side out.

DIY Leather Tote

The next step is to make straps for your bag. You can make your own straps like me from your leather or use an old belt. To make the straps I cut out two long pieces of leather, folded them in half, and sewed up the folded side. After that I sewed in the straps to the bag.

DIY Leather Tote



Nancy Saccoccio

I have an old leather jacket this color. Wondering if there is enough leather in it to make a tote. I will have to measure it.

Ingrid Klimke

Yes you can use it…enough for a big bag. You might have more seams. Use the pockets from the jacket too. More space!


How do I determine the cut out for the bottom. If I want 18cm width for the bottom, ?
Where you have 6cm I cut 4cm and where you have 5cm I cut 8cm

Thanks for your help.
Have a fabulous day


Please can you tell me what sewing machine you use to see leather? Thank you.


Did you use a regular foot on your sewing machine or did you have to use a different one?


Hello there! love your tutorial but i’m going to be hand sewing the leathers. do you think it’ll work out? and for the bottom…i am still a little confused as to how to sew the sides to the bottom.


Thanks for tutorial, I have a very worn and loved leather jacket that I don’t want to just pitch, so I’m going to try this !!!

Deb Flug

can I line this bag and put a zipper in the top to close it? Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. Hope to hear from you soon…..


Hi deb, just seeing your comment. I’m sure you could. This was a guest post so I haven’t tried that but sounds like a great idea!

Sherry Bittinger

I’m not sure I quite understand how to make the bottom of bag. Do you have a video that I can watch


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