Who doesn’t love a leather bag, or a quality faux leather?! These fabulous patterns and tutorials will give you some top tips for sewing with leather. How about stunning friends and family with stylish leather purses?
I have gathered free leather purse patterns for you to enjoy, endeavouring to source a wide range of styles for you to choose from. If you fancy stretching yourself further there are many printable PDF patterns for sale on Etsy (affiliate link).
Where to source leather?
Do not have any leather in your stash? No worries. I was fortunate to pick up leather from a car boot sale (I suspect the equivalent of a yard sale in the US). How about upcycling? Source old leather jackets from second-hand websites/thrift shops or even old sofas! Alternative fabric shops now regularly sell leather, such as Joanna’s in the US and Minerva crafts in the UK.
Tips for sewing leather on a domestic sewing machine
Use a leather needle in your sewing machine
Lengthen your stitch length, I suggest 3.5 or longer
Difficulty feeding through your machine? Try a Teflon foot, or a walking foot, or tissue paper next to your feed dogs (you can rip this away later)
This sparkly leather bag is made on a regular sewing machine, with detailed instructions and printable instructions. This is a great leather purse which is easily customizable with your favourite fabrics.
Sara from Sew Sweetness has a video and free pattern showing how you can sew this simple leather hobo bag. The leather has a substantial body so the bag is sleek and structured, rather than slouchy like many hobo bags.
This unlined tote is an easy make - my eye is particularly drawn to the use of eyelets to add that touch of style to the leather purse. Another lovely touch is using crimping scissors for the top fo the bag.
This waist bag is simply stunning, but you will need a sewing machine which can cope with layers of fabric (I know my regular machine would not manage this but my old Bernina possible would). This detailed pattern includes free printable pattern pieces.
This is a fabulous project to start with, easy to make and super sylish. Learn how to add pattern to your leather clutch with Deco Pens. A simple clutch that can be sewn in minutes. Unlike fabric, leather does not sway so there's no need to hem the edges or line the interiors.
Learn how to make a super stylish and affordable purse with a strap. You can take this to work, school, or anywhere when you go out. With no zipper or button, just sew and attach the strap and ta-da, it’s ready to use. This bag is easier to make than it looks, give it a go!
Stephanie shows us how to upcycle an old leather jacket into as stylish tote - prolonging the life of a much-loved item. Learn how to capture features from the original item to show off in your new bag.
Love bag making? Check out my ebook Bag Making for Beginners which covers essential bag skills with incremental bag patterns to hone your skills.