DIY Suede Bucket Bag with Tassels

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I was cleaning up my DIY Pinterest board and came across A Pair and a Spare’s DIY tutorial for a leather pouch that inspired me to I tried making my own version this past weekend. Hopefully it will motivate you to make your own!

There are several key difference between my bucket bag and Jujumade’s. Instead of using a stiff leather, I used a softer suede leather originally used for upholstery. I had bought leather scraps and had the perfect piece for this project. I also chose to add tassels to my bag instead of a large bead. This was mostly because I didn’t have the means to make my own bead like she did and I couldn’t find one that I liked enough.

Materials:

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Scrap Grey Suede Leather – it needs to be at least 12 inches by 8.5 inches. I suggest getting a slighter bigger piece to guarantee that the template will fit.

Scrap of Black Leather

Leather Needle or Embroidery Needle

Sharp Scissors – these need to be sharp in order to cut through the leather.

Waxed  Nylon Thread – You may think why do I need special thread? It’s because normal thread will fray as you pull it through the leather as you’re sewing. Thread made to be used on leather is slightly thicker and coated with something that reduced the amount of fraying that will happen.

E6000

3 ft of Black Cord

Leather Tools – I used both a leather hole punch tool and leather sewing awl tools.

Ruler

Fabric Scraps – I used two upholstery fabric sample swatches that are free at most fabric stores.

Paper – this is to draw your template on and cut out.

Directions:

Follow the instructions to make the pouch from A Pair and A Spare. I found that this was helpful when sewing the leather together.

Instead of stringing leather cord through a beautiful ceramic bead like A Pair and a Spare, I chose to use black rope and make my own tassels to finish the pouch.

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Make the drawstring closure by cutting the a 1 inch by 0.75 inch piece from the black leather. Fold the two ends to meet in the middle like pictured above.

Use the leather needles and thread to securely sew the ends to the middle.

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Thread the rope through the four holes punched into the pouch and then thread the drawstring closure you just made onto the rope as pictured above.

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To make the “tassel”, roll the fabric piece around the rope end. Use a normal needle and normal thread to sew the end into place as pictured above. I used an overcast stitch to secure it.

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You are welcome to use whatever stitch you find most comfortable and will secure the fabric. You are also welcome to use fabric glue or E6000 instead of sewing.

Use the E6000 or super glue to secure the brads(?) to the top of the tassels. Allow all the glue to dry before wearing your new purse.

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