Intermediate | 41 min
Crafting a gorgeous, bohemian-inspired leather bag is well within your reach with expert guidance from designer Treasure of Nikki&Mallory. You'll cut and sew a leather bucket bag with a drawstring closure and fabric lining while learning a wide range of leatherworking skills, from sourcing leather and stitching to punching holes and adding hardware. Treasure skips no details, and you'll get to play with lots of tools and techniques. The best part - besides showing off your new bag - is that you can do all the sewing on your home sewing machine.
Learn how to:
  • Make a leather bucket bag using a home sewing machine
  • Trace a paper template onto leather
  • Install hardware like grommets and screws
  • Add a fabric bag lining
  • Dye leather edges for a professional finish
  • Use a variety of leather punches

What you'll get:
  • A unique lesson on how to sew a leather bucket bag
  • 7 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and printable pattern PDF
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Treasure of Nikki&Mallory
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Chapters
Make a Leather Bucket Bag
01:11
01:56
09:10
10:01
08:03
07:10
04:20
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Half hide of 1-2oz pebble veg tanned leather - Treasure is using the color Natural
  • 1/2 yard cotton lining
  • 1/2 yard iron-on fusible fleece interfacing (Pellon 987 or 971)
  • Pre-cut leather strap 3/4" inch x 50”
  • 6mm leather cording
 
Hardware: 
  • 2 pieces - 1/2" Chicago screws
  • 1 piece - 1/4" Chicago screw
  • 2 pieces - 3/4" D-rings
  • 1pc - 7.5mm x 10mm Ball & Post
  • 12 pieces - 5/16" grommets 
 
Tools/Supplies: 
  • Grommet setter
  • Revolving Punch (also known as Rotary Leather Punch) or 3.5mm or 4.0mm leather hole punch
  • 6.0 button hole punch, 
  • 3/4" round end punch
  • Pound board or thick wood block - Treasure's set-up is 3 layers purchased separately: a poly cutting board, quartz or marble slab
  • Mallet 
  • Multi-strap round end strap tracer by Craft Tool 
  • Fiskars rotary cutter & cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sewing machine with leather needle & coordinating polyester (strong hold) thread
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • 1/4" double-sided tape for leather
  • Edge Kote - Treasure is using the color Terra
  • Wool daubers or edge dye roller
  • Brass clips
 
For leather, hardware and supplies, Treasure suggests WeaverLeather.com, Wickett-Craig.com, and RMLeatherSupply.com, Alternatively, you can use faux leather/polyurethane(PU) or vegan leather
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