DIY Leather Crafting: How To Make A Leather Toiletry Bag (Intro To Sewing) | Auke & Jildou | Skillshare

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DIY Leather Crafting: How To Make A Leather Toiletry Bag (Intro To Sewing)

teacher avatar Auke & Jildou, Designer & Maker Architecture & Interior

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction "Toiletry Bag"

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. About the leather

    • 4. Make your own pattern

    • 5. Pattern on the leather

    • 6. Sewing

    • 7. Making the flap

    • 8. Finishing touch

    • 9. Class project

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About This Class

Learn step-by-step how to make this leather toiletry bag from scratch.

I will teach you how to make a leather toiletry bag. I've made a lot of leather products so I love to teach you one of my favorite items. I only make products from upcycled materials. So I hope you can also find some used leather like an old jacket or leather furniture.
So in this class I teach you step by step how to make this beautiful toiletry bag: 

  • What you need, materials and tools
  • How to make your own pattern
  • Working with your leather

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Auke & Jildou

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1. Introduction "Toiletry Bag" : Hi, I'm Jildou, a Dutch fashion designer with a passion for sustainable products. I started a brand called Piple, which is focused on upcycled fashion into timeless designs. Lately I've made a lot of products out of old letter, like jackets or leather furniture. I might also distort it back. It's not hard at all if you know how to do it. In this class I'll teach you step-by-step how to make this toilet bag. Welcome to our you can do it yourself series. 2. Tools: You need a few tools before we can start making this toiletry bag. What you need is a sewing machine, sewing threads in the right color, leather needles, leather with the dimensions of 8.3 by 15 inches, and a small piece of leather by 23 inches, a A4 paper, that is 8.3 by 11.7 inches, a ruler, a good strong scissors, and a pen. 3. About the leather: About the leather, I always use used leather because it gives a vintage look. There is a big chance you can use old big jackets or leather furniture. I usually use strong cold leather, which is flexible but strong. For the toiletry bag, I use leather from two millimeters thick, so that is 0.08 inches. 4. Make your own pattern: This is step one, make your own pattern. We're going to make the pattern with the A4 paper, the pen, a ruler, and scissors. One, pick up the paper and put it in front of you. Two, at the top you can put a line from 9.5 centimeters, so that's 3.7 inches on both sides. Three, now five centimeters, so that is 1.9 inches on both sides. Four, and again 9.5 Centimeters. So again, 3.7 inches. At the bottom you write plus seven centimeters. So plus 2.7 inches. Five, put a line of three centimeters in middle and cut out the middle. Here I show you a result of what you need to draw. 5. Pattern on the leather: Step two, draw the pattern on the leather. Take your piece of leather and draw the pattern on the leather. You need seven centimeters, 2.7 inches extra on the bottom so be sure that you have enough space left. Don't draw on the open side on the leather because we need more leather on this side. Take your ruler and draw seven centimeters, 2.7 inches extra on the leather. Now cut out the whole piece. 6. Sewing: Step 3, sewing. Now it's time to use your sewing machine. Make sure you use the right color sewing threads. I use a darker color so you can see what I'm doing. I set the stitch from the machine on 2.5. Put the right sides together and sew only the long sides. Don't go back and forth to tie the sewing threads, because there is a big chance that the needle can break. I sew them twice, so I make it more strong and the ends I can tie together. Now you have two open spaces left. You're going to sew these at right angles to each other. I do this also twice and tie the threads together. Unfold the whole piece, this was the sewing part. 7. Making the flap: Step four, making the flap. Now we are going to make the flap. I will show you how I like it, but you can also choose for another shape. Take your ruler and the marker. Draw a half inch, so 0.5 centimeters at the point where you stop showing. Then draw 1.18 inches so that is three centimeters at the top. Draw the line to each other, and a little around and cut this out very neatly. 8. Finishing touch : Step five, finishing touch. Take your piece of leather and cut a string of 50 centimeters long, so around 20 inches and 0.5 centimeters wide. So that is 0.19 inches. Take your ruler and put a dot in the middle of the flap, like one centimeters, so 0.4 inches from the line. Take your scissors and cut very neatly a hole in the leather. Take the string and make the end smaller. Put the string to the roll and put a knot in the string. You can decide the size of the string. I choose 50 centimeters, around 20 inches, but you can also make it smaller. Also put a knot at the end of the string. 9. Class project: Class projects, you made your own leather toiletry bag. How awesome is that? This is also the class projects, make your own toiletry bag and share this one with me. If you need help, ask me all your questions and if you have any suggestions for more you can do it yourself series, please let us know. I really hope you loved and enjoyed this class and hope to see you next time.