DIY Leather bucket bag | How to

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.

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1. Cut all the patterns out from leather and pig split.

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2. Join leather and lining wrong side to wrong side by glue.

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3. Polish the leather edge by sandpaper.

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4. Stain the edge.

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5. You can see the difference between stained edge and untreated edge. Quality tells by details.

Join the main bodies and side panels
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6. Sand the seam allowance by 200-400 grit sandpaper, which makes a rougher surface to have a better bond with glue.

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7. Gouge a sewing channel.

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8. Place the main bodies side by side.

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9. Join the top protruding part. Punch stitching holes by diamond stitching chisel.

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10. Use a 2-prongs chisel to punch holes for corner. Hand-stitch it.

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11. Install D-ring to the side panel. Fold end until completely hide the protruding part.

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12. Gouge a sewing channel, punch stitching holes on the side panel.

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13. Hand-stitch the leathers.

Join the main bodies and bottom
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14. Cut 4 corners on the bottom part of the main bodies, in order to form shape and join the bag base easier.

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15. Sand the seam allowance by 200-400 grit sandpaper, which makes a rougher surface to have a better bond with glue.

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16. Fold the seam allowance, glue the main body and the bag base. Use binder clips to clamp them together.

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17. Hand-stitch the leathers.

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18. Punch holes for the eyelets. My hole punch is 9mm diameter.

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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.

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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.


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. :)


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66 thoughts on “DIY Leather bucket bag | How to

  1. Hi, love the design! I got lots of leather making tools for Christmas and have already made cases and tiny bags. I have a question: on step 17, did you stitch up the bottom to the main part of the bag? Is it through the lining? Thanks

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