Published on September 11th, 2017 | by makesupply0
Basic Leather Tote Bag – Build Along Tutorial
This is a build along video for the Basic Tote Bag Acrylic Template Set. If you wish to purchase the template set:
This template set is will soon be available in PDF form. It will have a video tutorial specific to that product.
Need help with hand-stitching? Check out our saddle stitch tutorial.
Inventory of Tools
- Husky Folding Knife
- Wing Divider
- C.S. Osborne Scratch Awl
- Strap Cutter
- Brass Rivets
- Brass Rivet Setter
- Seiwa Diamond Leather Stitching Chisel – 6x5mm
- Seiwa Diamond Leather Stitching Chisel – 2x5mm
- Tandy Stitching Needles
- 18″ Cork Back Metal Ruler
- Maine Thread – Natural – .035
- Tanners Bond Rubber Cement
- Various Grit Sandpaper (120 grit and 240 grit)
- 48 oz. Dead Blow Mallet
- Cutting Pliers
- Binder clips
Leather Selection Suggestions
In this video we used 4/5 oz Waxy Veg Tan leather from the Badalassi Carlo Tannery in Italy. The color is 06 Cognac. If this is your first large scale bag project we highly suggest purchasing a more affordable leather. You can find a great selection of leathers that are suitable for this tote bag project at Acadia Leather. The ideal type of leather for this project would be flexible and at least 4-5 oz up to 7-8 oz. Stiff and rigid veg tan leathers can be used but will be more troublesome at certain parts of the project.
For the straps we used a dark brown 8-9 oz veg tan shoulder. You do not need to purchase another leather to make the straps you can use the same as the previous step. If you are interested in using a different leather for straps without breaking the bank, you can order pre-cut straps from many leather suppliers.
Guidelines of Template Usage
Feel free to sell the tote bags you make with this template set under your own brand!