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Make your own chic leather tote!
Finally, part two of a leather tote tutorial series from Operation Overhaul, a tote perfect for every day use!

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  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials needed:

    • Leather (or any other fabric you prefer)
    • Scissors/Craft cutter
    • Measuring tape/ long ruler
    • Pins
    • Tailor Chalk
    • Canvas Tote (or any other bag as template)

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 2
    Step 2

    1. Firstly, get the measurements of your desire template. Cut 2 of each piece to form your tote. For the body, I marked a 1 inch border to leave sufficient space for sewing.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 3
    Step 3

    2. Pin your body pieces right side together.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 4
    Step 4

    3. Sew according to the red line. Reinforce with a zigzag stitch if you are worried that the simple stitch will not be sturdy enough.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 5
    Step 5

    4. To achieve a box corner, flatten your tote in a way that the side seam is aligned with the bottom seam.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 6
    Step 6

    5. Leave a mark 1.5? away from the pointed corner and secure your fold with pins on each side. Sew straight across your mark.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 7
    Step 7

    6. Remove the pins and turn your tote inside out to check if you had done it right! Your side and bottom seams should align nicely. Repeat for the other corner.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 8
    Step 8

    7. Bottom of the bag done!

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 9
    Step 9

    8. Fold your handle strip in half and sew down the marked 1? line. Trim excess leather away. Repeat on the other side and turn them inside out.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 10
    Step 10

    9. Fold the top of the bag at the 1? border mark and pin your handles to where you’d like them to be. Mine was positioned 4? away from each side.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 11
    Step 11

    10. Finally, sew all around to secure your top seam and handles. Reinforce your handles with zigzag stitches.

  • How to sew a leather tote. Every Day Leather Tote - Step 12
    Step 12

    & you're done!!! :D

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eden a.
eden a.
Super cute!
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Ranya T.
Ranya T.
Wow that looks great!
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