Who doesn’t love a leather bag, or a quality faux leather?! These fabulous leather bag sewing 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 leather handbags PDF patterns for sale on Etsy (affiliate link).
Before we start on your leather bag making journey I am sure you are wondering about whether you can sew leather on a domestic sewing machine and where to source leather….
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!
Alternatively 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 machine needles 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)
Strong thread such as a top stitch thread
21 Leather Purse Patterns
Making your own leather bags and purses is super easy with this fabulous list of projects. These free sewing patterns and tutorials have something for everyone. Each of these tutorials goes into detail on how to sew with leather or faux leather, give it a go!
This beautiful handmade messenger bag will take you some time and effort but oh my goodness the result is superb!!
The detailed instructions include lots of photographs to take you step by step through the leather messenger bag making process. This bag is too good to give as a gift, keep the bag and enjoy for yourself.
This is a fabulous project to start with, easy to make and super stylish. Learn how to add pattern to your leather clutch with Deco Pens. Unlike fabric, leather does not fray so there's no need to hem the edges or line the interiors.
Great bag patterns! But my sewing machine guy warned me not to ruin my machine sewing leather. What kind of machine do you use to sew leather?
Tuesday 14th of March 2023
Hi, I have a Janome XL601 which is really not keen on leather, but get on better with my Bernina 830. If you are looking to change your sewing machine I suggest trying out the regular materials you like sewing to see how the new to you sewing machine manages.
Wednesday 20th of April 2022
Thanks for the ideas!
Tuesday 10th of May 2022
Glad you like them :)
Wednesday 10th of March 2021
I love your ideas! I have patterns for American Girl Dolls' purse patterns, but I really like your patterns for us! My daughter will want several, I know. Thanks for sharing.