Love the look of the latest leather purses? Make your own with these leather bag sewing patterns and tutorials! From simple totes to constructed satchels, there's a style suitable for everyone. Plus, by making your own bag you can choose vegan leather or another alternate material if you want.
Sewing with leather starts with the right tools, and the creators of these bags have excellent tips and recommendations. Most require a leather needle for your sewing machine or an awl and a hand sewing leather needle.
01 of 09
Sara from Sew Sweetness shows you how to make this hobo bag with leather, faux-leather, or even cork fabric! The free pattern PDF includes pattern pieces and cutting instructions, and the accompanying video shows you how to assemble the back from start to finish.
02 of 09
Sometimes you only need to carry a few things and clutch purses are perfect for those days. This gusseted leather clutch is a classic version with three flap styles to choose from. Makesupply shares their free pattern and a make-along video, and they even let you sell finished purses made with their templates.
03 of 09
You'd never guess from looking at this bag that it's designed to carry items for baby, but that's sort of the point. Whether you are looking for a diaper bag or you just want an oversized bag with lots of pockets, this is a great option. The free tutorial shows the process for the larger bag, but you can also make the smaller companion pouch.
04 of 09
This classic crossbody bag is simple and sophisticated with just the right details. Patterns from Leather DIY Studio may be more advanced for those new to leather work, but only because they come with limited instructions. But once you're ready to tackle this, you'll have a stunning purse that you're proud of!Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
You can use a Cricut Explore to cut out this colorful clutch purse! That means precision cuts with minimal effort. If you don't have a cutting machine that can cut leather, you can always hand-cut the designs on the flap. Or, use this as inspiration to cut your own design or even embroider on the leather.
06 of 09
Stephanie from Swoodson Says shows you how to transform a thrift store coat into a stylish tote. What a great way to repurpose a piece you'd never wear! It's also a cost-effective way to source leather. Not only that, but working from a vintage coat likely gives you some fun design elements (like the center seam on this tote) to work into a bag of any kind.
07 of 09
Hand stitch this sweet little satchel with a pattern and detailed instructions from Craftsmangus. It has a small outside pocket, a magnetic closure, and a clip-on strap. Not sure if you're up to this project? Watch their helpful video to see the whole process!
08 of 09
If you love the look of Madewell's bags, you'll love making this leather tote! The simple lines make this a classic bag and the handmade leather tassel is the perfect finishing detail. The construction has minimal seams, which means you'll be using this for a weekend outing soon.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Circle purses are everywhere, so why not make your own? Sew a faux-leather version with this pattern and tutorial from Creative Fashion Blog. The zip top keeps your items secure, while the outer pocket is great for easy access items. And even you don't plan to make this purse, be sure to check out this blog's helpful list of tips for working with leather and leather-like fabrics.