Simple bucket bag

Posted by Carina Thavelin

There has been a lot about sewing in leather lately and here is one more post about that. Last week we celebrated my sister-in-law's birthday and I asked her what she wanted as a gift. She wanted me to sew her a new bag. Since I had some leather scraps left from sewing the aprons, I thought it was a good idea to sew a leather bag.

I really love the bucket bags that are in trend right now and they are really easy to sew, especially in leather where you don't have to line it or finish the edges.

I had to join the leather pieces to get the large bag piece but that depends on how large pieces you have. 

Simple Bucket Bag



  • 1 bag piece 72x36cm, use the punch pliers to make eyelet holes according to the pattern.
  • 2 loops for the shoulder straps 6x3cm
  • 1 Strap piece 7x150cm
  • 1 Drawstring 0.8x100cm


  • Fold the loop pieces for the shoulder strap in half. Sew the open ends opposite of the fold.
  • Fold the bottom according to the sketch to create the folded bottom.
  • Add the loops 10cm down from the top edge. Sew the sides together with a 1cm seam allowance. Turn inside out. Glue the seam allowance


Shoulder straps:

  • Place the cords on the wrong sides of the strip– side to side - and wrap the leather around the cords. (ill. A) make sure that the cords are 2.5 cm shorter than the leather.
  • Place the leather and cord under the presser foot with the right cord under the left groove of the foot, and the raw edges to the right. (ill. B)
  • Adjust to center needle position – straight stitch and stitch length 3.5.
  • Keep the cords against the fold as you sew.
  • Trim the fabric close to the seam.
  • Wrap the excess fabric to the center back of the cord.
  • Put the covered cord under the two grooves of the presser foot and sew a straight stitch in the center of the two cords. (ill. C)

  • Pull the shoulder straps through the loops on the sides fold up the empty ends and pull them back through the loop. This way the ends are secure (You can tie a knot if you prefer).
  • Pull the drawstring leather through the holes, add the cork balls and tie a knot.

Finished! It only took one hour so I think I need to sew one for myself as well! :)



Carina Thavelin
Thank you for your nice comments! :)

When I sew in leather I use a slightly heavier sewing thread in polyester. For me it is more important to have a good quality thread with longer fibers rather than shorter ones. This gives me less thread breakage.

I bought this leather at a specialist leather store, but I believe you can find it in larger fabric stores like Mood,, and they ship! :)
5/22/2015 10:22:57 AM

Love the bag but where can I buy leather?
5/22/2015 6:55:41 AM

Are there certain thread fibers that should or should not be used with real leather?
5/21/2015 1:48:37 PM

Your bucket bag looks really easy - will have to try it.
5/19/2015 6:51:32 PM

Like you post n its very workable.
5/16/2015 12:43:09 AM

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