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Leather Satchel!

Added Dec 12, 2010

by Emma (Cotter...

Ireland, Ireland






I wanted a satchel but I couldn’t find one that was a design I liked, a colour I liked and that was real leather too so I decided to make one! First I made a mock-up of the bag in paper so I could see what size I was going to make it. Then I disassembled the pieces and used them as a template to cut the leather. This bag is lined in leopard satin. It took about 18 hours to make. This bag is 100% leather and my own design.

Material Notes

100% leather, solid brass rivets, 3 solid brass buckles, solid brass “D” rings and thread.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Geek, Military, Preppy, Vintage

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    Sep 19, 2012, 10.33 AMby belira

    Great job with the bag! It looks really sturdy. Could you write a tutorial with the pattern, please?

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    Dec 14, 2010, 02.43 PMby qerran

    I’d like to make one… To my mind, leather is to much expansive in France…

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    Dec 14, 2010, 02.16 PMby janul

    wow, very impressive! how did you make the straps? is it a single piece of leather or two pieces sewn together? (if that makes sense…)

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      Dec 14, 2010, 02.34 PMby Emma (Cotter) O'Connell

      Hello! The strap is made from 2 pieces of leather sewn together to make it stronger.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 07.52 PMby sclundy

    Wow. Love it! Did you use a regular sewing machine?

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      Dec 13, 2010, 09.13 PMby Emma (Cotter) O'Connell

      Hello, yes I used my regular sewing machine. The leather is soft so it was easy to work with.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.11 PMby flynnflynn

    Nice job! This is really impressive.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 02.35 PMby lizah

    wow, great job! Impressive!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 08.28 AMby zaarissima

    wow! I am excited! great work!!!!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 06.35 AMby klara17

    so rad.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.28 AMby joycexi

    That is one beautiful work! I planning to make a backpack/satchel bag and there’s just not enough pattern around to make one. I think I’ll get a bag and make a mock pattern out of it like what you did. Great job!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 02.14 AMby sewobsessed

    Oh this is most impressive! Great job!

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    Dec 12, 2010, 11.36 PMby lili123

    I am very impress by your work. It looks so nice and well done. I would like to make a leather bag.

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    Dec 12, 2010, 10.36 PMby otrotamal

    wow…i love it! great job.

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    Dec 12, 2010, 09.09 PMby freaky-philomeen

    super trouper! 18 hours work…you’re gonna have it for a lifetime so this is worth it :))) Also the paper model looks perfect!

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