Sew a Linen Bucket Bag
Intermediate | 49 min 55 sec
Create your own linen and leather bag with the expert guidance of Elke Bergeron. Elke shows you how to sew a classic bucket bag, plus she shows you how to make a beautiful leather shoulder strap and a coordinating leather tassel. This class provides a foundation in basic sewing and leather-working skills, and results in a gorgeous handbag, perfect for year-round use.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For bag:
  • 18” x 36” piece of linen or canvas for outer shell
  • 18” x 36” piece of linen or canvas for lining
  • 15” x 12” piece of lining fabric for pocket
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  •  Additional materials for leather strap and tassel (all leather working supplies can be found at
  • 8-9 oz veg tan belting leather, at least 23” long and 2” wide
  • Lighter quality veg tan leather for tassel, about 18” long and 2” wide
  • 1 ½” brass ring for tassel (can be found at
  • Rivet setter or hand press
  • Scrap leather for rivet washers
  • 10 rivets, size medium
  • Tape measure
  • Poly board cutting mat
  • Poly hammer
  • Rotary cutter
  • Strap cutter
  • 1/8” leather punch (Elke uses the Mini Leather Punch Set)
  • XS leather punch, for stitching
  • Water
  • 2 sponges
  • Edge bevel, size 3 or 4 (depending on size of leather)
  • Edge burnisher
  • Leather conditioner
  • Awl
  • Marker or pen
Learn how to:
  • Sew bag exterior and lining
  • Add an interior pocket
  • Cut a leather strap with a strap cutter
  • Bevel and burnish leather
  • Condition leather
  • Punch holes in leather
  • Create leather washers for rivets
  • Use rivets to attach straps to bag
  • Make a leather tassel and attach it to bag
What You'll Get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on how to sew a linen bucket bag
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
495 users recommended this class to a friend
Joseph Podhaiski
Exceeded my expectations for a step by step sewing how to make a simple bag. The how-to make a leather strap and tassel were a nice bonus.
January 6, 2023
I am currently working on this project and I would enjoy another class like this
More than 3 months ago
Heather Wicht
Really easy to follow. Lots of versatile skills were introduced. It was a good introduction to some basic leatherworking skills and tools. I now feel like I have a great template for creating variations. Thanks!
More than 3 months ago