Leather and fabric handbag: the perfect mix for beginners

leather and fabric handbagThis leather and fabric handbag is the perfect project for those who are starting to sew with leather and for those who are bored with fabric only handbags.  You can make this with a normal domestic sewing machine so don't be afraid to give it a try!

leather and fabric handbagI am not yet an expert in leather work.  But, I absolutely love the material for its durability and handling.  Furthermore, the shine of the leather will forgive a mistake should you need to unpick a seam, so I suggest to buy a whole hide and not to be afraid of trying.  It won't go to waste!

If you don't feel like trying with leather, you can also use vinyl, oilcloth, canvas or another heavy fabric.  I just wanted to try with leather and it came out so well, my daughter won't give it back to me..

In the months ahead we will be exploring the many possibilities of the leather work, so we will be using all the scraps.  I will be sharing with you easy tutorials that can be made at home without the need of an industrial machine.

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Skill level

This project suits someone with advanced beginner to intermediate skills.  If you have made another handbag from our website, you will find this project very easy.

Key Features:

  • Two outside pockets
  • One inside pocket for your wallet
  • RFID lining optional
  • Easy to make
  • Small handbag but big enough to carry an iPad
  • Crossbody bag option
  • Soft leather
  • Makes a great gift



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32 Responses to Leather and fabric handbag: the perfect mix for beginners

  1. Alice says:

    Hello !
    I can’t download your pattern. Thank you for sharing it btw ! 🙂
    I have a craftsy account, I have Adobe reader, I am already on your mailing list. I tried to put my email address in the sewing for free box and nothing happened.
    Can you help, please ?
    Thank you !

  2. NewKastle says:

    I can’t get this pattern, either. The link goes to Sewing 4 Free page. That page requests email address to access pattern, but does not activate when using subscribe button. I’ve tried to find the pattern on Craftsy to no avail.

  3. Mary Reigel says:

    Hi Mayra, I entered my email address to download this pattern but I have not received an email yet. It has been 12 hours, do I need to wait longer? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Mary we do not require any email to download a pattern. Are you sure is from our website?

  4. MaryA says:

    I have the tutorial but I cannot find the cutting chart for the pattern pieces. What size does the purse finish? Are there templates somewhere?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Mary, please go to Page 2 nder the Pinterest button, the link for download is there. Enjoy 🙂

  5. I am so sorry to be griping. Mayra I have tried repeatedly to get this pattern. No matter what I do there is no download button except for a pdf converter advertisement. Can you send the pattern to my email.? I have promised this bag to my grand daughter for CHRISTMAS!!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Kristi, I checked the link and it is working. what are you using? Sometimes people have a hard time when they are using a table. You need adobe reader and an account with Craftsy to be able to download. Please try again.

  6. Patty, do you have a picture of how the pattern pieces are put together after printing out, or each individual pattern piece? I can’t figure it out

  7. Joanne says:

    Love love love it! Thank you.

  8. Demetria says:

    I don’t know how to download the pattern from the sewing4free,com site. I couldn’t find a download link for the pattern. Help please.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi and sorry you’re having difficulties. Just below the text, there’s a box to fill in your email and the green download link will appear. Click HERE to see what the page and box looks like.

  9. Julie says:

    Hi there just wondering where leather for this bag would be available, in Tasmania?

  10. Myra Schoenfeld says:

    Where can you buy real leather? I can’t seem to find a site or a mail order place.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Myra, I put a link in the article, just click on the blue highlighted words. Buy at least 7 square feet, we will be using every scrap of it in the next months to come.

  11. Patty P says:

    I am stuck in a loop of trying to find the spot where to actually download the pattern. I go to page 2, click on the orange button to download, and a new page loads: http://sewing4free.com/fabric-leather-handbag/. There is no download there, nor a linbk to it, just a link back to this page.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Patty, sorry you’re having troubles. Below the text, you should see a box that looks like THIS.

      Just fill in you email address and you’ll see the green download button.

  12. Patty P says:

    Thanks so much! I was looking for a pattern just like this and have some leftover aqua vinyl and coordinating prints.

    My only suggestion is to change “hole hide” (a hide with holes) to “whole hide” (an entire hide).

    You wrote[i]”I am not yet an expert in leather work. But, I absolutely love the material for its durability and handling. Furthermore, the shine of the leather will forgive a mistake should you need to unpick a seam, so I suggest to buy a [b]hole hide[/b] and not to be afraid of trying. It won’t go to waste![/i]

  13. Laura R says:

    Do you feel thank even an inexpensive sewing machine would handle the leather as long as leather needle is used? I have a low end brother machine.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Laura, if you stick with the 2 ounce average leather mentioned in the materials list you should be fine with most domestic machines. There are a couple of steps where you may need to walk the machine a bit but you should be fine. Also, you’ll need a heavier leather needle as you mention.

  14. Carla F says:

    Wow. I didn’t know you could get leather that looked like that or that you could sew it just like fabric. Always thought you needed an industrial machine. I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks so much for this pattern. PS. I also like your other site at sewing4free.com.

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