It feels like a million light years since I last posted a DIY fashion item here. Missed my blog and making things. We’re finally back home and it’s good to be back in sunny Cape Town.
I was using this bag at a lunch a few days ago and someone asked me about this DIY pleather tote bag. And of course – I made it! So this had to be the next one to share. And also of course – it’s super easy to make.
You need: –
- matching colour thread
- sturdy tape for the handle
- blade to cut bag and slots for handle
- straight edge to run blade against to cut bag – I used a steel ruler
You do: –
Lay your pleather down on a flat surface. You need to make sure the surface is not precious as you will use a blade to cut the bag. Scissors won’t give a clean edge.
My bag measures 40 centimetres x 50 centimetres but you can make it to whatever size you prefer. I had to use pins between the sheets of pleather to keep them together as they kept sliding apart.
Stitch around the side of the bag leaving about 5 to 7 centimetres open at each end. Make sure you use the correct sewing machine needle for pleather.
Measure and cut your straps. Mine are 58 centimetres long x 2 straps. I always cut ribbon or tape diagonally across to prevent it unraveling. I also use something like Stop Fray, nail varnish, wood glue or even a flame to seal the ends.
Measure where you want to place your straps. Obviously they need to be symetrical. You also need to be able to slip the straps over your shoulder. Make a slit just wide enough for your straps to fit through.
Now sew straps in place. You know how much stuff you carry in your bag. I probably do myself harm with what I carry. Where I’m going is make sure your straps can take the load in your bag. I did a double Z shape seam for my bag.
Using a needle thread away any loose threads and snip them.
And voila! You have a new tote that can take all but the kitchen sink.
See you next week.