Tutorial – How to Make a Leather Handbag

Published on December 08, 2015

Materials and Tools Required: Around 5oz veg tan leather, Stamp tools, Swivel knife, Waxed or Linen Thread, Hardware (buckles, rivets, closure & keepers), Stitching Needles, Lacing Needles, Acrylic paints, Leather dyes, High-quality 2mm lacing, Contact adhesive

You can get all the required tools and materials from a reputed leather supply store.



Step 1: Begin by selecting a premium quality veg-tan hide having a thickness of about 2mm (5oz). Meticulously measure and cut out a template out of card or paper that you can transfer to the hide and cut suitable leather pieces.








Step 2: If you wish to carve an image onto the leather then the best way to do this is first draw it on the paper. For this, dampen the leather piece that you wish to carve. You can dampen it with the help of a mist spray bottle or wet sponge. Place the paper with the design on top of the leather sheet and carefully trace it with the help of a brio or stylus. It will imprint the design onto the leather, which you may cut with the help of a swivel knife.


Once you cut the design, you may then accentuate it with the help of stamp tools. If you are not familiar with the use of such tools, then you may first read a book or an online tutorial on it.



Step 3: The next step in crafting a bag is coloring your leather. Before beginning, the best thing is to test some scrap pieces for experiment and dye. During this test, you may find that heavy color applications may saturate the leather but may also leave some streak marks. Lighter applications, on the other hand, may give you more control over color application, especially if you wish a double tone color for your leather.









Step 4: You can either utilize acrylic paint designed specifically for leather to accentuate certain parts or design of your leather bag. Once all the colors dye get dry then apply a leather finish. There are high-quality commercial finishes available for leather that provides the dyes with great resistance to water and dullness.



Step 5: Lining your bag will provide more firmness to it. There is a range of lining materials available, but ‘Pig Split’ is an excellent material that holds suede texture ideal for the inside fit of the bag. This lining material is available in varieties of colors. For lining leather pieces, you may either apply contact adhesive or may stitch the lining to the leather so that it stays secure for long and does not peel off. While preparing this bag, you can double loop lace the lining material to the leather.









Step 6: You can opt to either line the strap or to saddle stitch it. For this bag, it is better to saddle stitch the leather with the help of waxed lining thread.








Step 7: Once the strap is prepared it will be then placed on the sides of the gusset and a buckle is safeguarded with the use of rivets. It is necessary to include a keeper. Otherwise, the strap will be unfastened on its own. The belt end is not functionally important, but it will give the end product more glamor.







Step 8: And it’s complete!

With some simple steps, you can create even much complex bags than this with ease. The only essential thing is that you need to practice using various tools involved in stitching the bag.

Till then, just have fun with this lovely leather bag!