YEEEEEEHOOOOOOOO…after like more then half month of hard work, I have already finished the DIY leather bucket bag, and here you are the tutorial!
I would say this bag is a beginner level, not require many skills but you do need quite a lot of tools like eyelets setting dies, but it’s okay if you don’t wanna invest a lot in tools, you can pick those eyelets with screw-back or even just stitch around the eyelet to secure it.
Just I made it part-time and needa take steps pictures (and main reason is I am quite lazy), so it took me more then two weeks to finish; otherwise I think you can finish it in a weekend. For the inspiration, check out here and for the paper pattern, check out here.
1. Cut all the patterns out from leather and pig split.
2. Join leather and lining wrong side to wrong side by glue.
3. Polish the leather edge by sandpaper.
4. Stain the edge.
5. You can see the difference between stained edge and untreated edge. Quality tells by details.
Join the main bodies and side panels
6. Sand the seam allowance by 200-400 grit sandpaper, which makes a rougher surface to have a better bond with glue.
7. Gouge a sewing channel.
8. Place the main bodies side by side.
9. Join the top protruding part. Punch stitching holes by diamond stitching chisel.
10. Use a 2-prongs chisel to punch holes for corner. Hand-stitch it.
11. Install D-ring to the side panel. Fold end until completely hide the protruding part.
12. Gouge a sewing channel, punch stitching holes on the side panel.
13. Hand-stitch the leathers.
Join the main bodies and bottom
14. Cut 4 corners on the bottom part of the main bodies, in order to form shape and join the bag base easier.
15. Sand the seam allowance by 200-400 grit sandpaper, which makes a rougher surface to have a better bond with glue.
16. Fold the seam allowance, glue the main body and the bag base. Use binder clips to clamp them together.
17. Hand-stitch the leathers.
18. Punch holes for the eyelets. My hole punch is 9mm diameter.
19. Set eyelets with setting dies. If you don’t have these tools, you can choose the eyelets with screw-back or simply have a stitch around eyelet to secure it.
20. Lace the strap, make a stopper for the strap. The stopper is just a rectangular pattern, size varies from the diameter of your strap, and mine is 2.5cm x 5cm.
FINISHED! ROCK YOUR NEW BAG!
SPECIAL THANKS MR. CHARLES WONG FOR TAKING THE STYLING PICS, STILL LIFE & PARTS OF THE STEP-BY STEP PICS! (if you find those with bad angle, it must be taken by myself XD)
Do leave me a comment if you have any questions. :)