Tuesday, January 4, 2022

No Sew Faux Leather Bag

Hey everybody! Welcome! It's the first Tuesday of the new year - January, 4th and our very first Sustainable Pinterest Challenge of 2022 hosted by Julie @ Sum of Their Stories! 
The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all of us to create a project that a) is inspired by a pin on one of our pinterest boards and b) have some sort of a sustainable element to it. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc. This month's challenge is all about Shopping My Stash - one of my favorites! 

I use to love sewing back in the day. I would make most of my clothes and even sewed for others. I made my niece's prom dress when she couldn't find one she liked. My sewing machine is so old that when I took it in for oiling to a repairman at a local fabric store several years ago, he said they didn't make sewing machines like mine anymore. I guess that was suppose to be a compliment - but it's a Singer and it never broke down! So why get a new one? I just got tired of sewing. And usually, it had become easier and cheaper to buy something on sale that I liked instead of sewing something. 
So I was going through my fabric stash recently and came across upholstery scraps in a faux suede leather leftover from when I covered my counter chairs just after we moved in over ten years ago. The fabric has really held up! 
I loved the color and thought what a fun idea to make a no-sew bag out of it for our 'Shopping My Stash Pinterest Challenge.' I was inspired by this pin for the initial design. The upholstery fabric is not thick or firm enough to support the shape of a bag, so I thought about the many rolls of faux leather I've bought from Hobby Lobby that I have in my stash and found the perfect pattern to use as a liner to go with the solid color of the suede. So let's get started on making a no-sew bag!

Materials Used:
Faux leather suede upholstery scraps
Faux leather wide ribbon roll 
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
DAP RapidFuse
16 gauge wire
Wire Looping Pliers
Wire Cutter
Boning folder (optional)
Snap fasteners
Chain - 36" (handle)
Scissors, yard stick, paper, pencil, chalk, masking tape, pliers,

The faux leather striped fabric is 24"x8" - a great size to make a small bag to hold essentials like a phone, credit cards, keys and other small incidentals!

First, make a pattern of the faux striped fabric using a roll of plain paper .  .  .
and use the bottom of the glue bottle to draw a scallop trim along the top bag flap.
Next, tape the pattern to the striped fabric using masking tape and  .  .  .
cut the scallop design out. On hindsight, You could just make a pattern for the top flap part instead of wasting all that paper.

Once the bag pattern is cut out in the striped faux leather, lay it on top of the faux suede leather fabric, wrong sides together. 
Then begin applying fabric glue on the wrong side of the striped fabric in sections.
I started using Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue which is a crystal clear, instant grab and fast drying glue that is perfect for gluing fabric together. But switched to DAP RapidFuse which is a stronger glue that bonds virtually everything to secure the tabs and upper fabric sides for the bag chain. 
Once the pieces are glued together, use a bone folder and hands to help smooth out any wrinkles that may occur while gluing the fabrics together .  .  .
on both sides. Let glue dry completely.
Once the glue is dry, cut out the entire bag design.
And fold it up at the 9.5" mark, creasing the bottom fold.
Open, and apply glue along the bottom side edges. Leave openings on both sides of the fabric just at the bottom of the scallops for the chain handle tabs.
Use clamps to hold the glued sides together until the glue dries.
To make the tabs, cut two rectangles, 4"x 2" folding the sides in at the middle, gluing in place. Then glue together the two folds to make the tab strips. 
While the glue is drying on the tabs, use wire looping pliers to make two wire rings .  .  . 
Then place the dried tab through the wire ring, using DAP RapidFuse glue to hold in place and let dry. Attach the chain after the glue dries and close the wire ring. Glue tabs at the open top area on each side and clamp together until dry.
For the snap fastener, I folded over the flap and marked the center (4") - just between the center scallop with a chalk marker to attach. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of applying the snap fastener. But here is a very short video to see how  it is done. I used the same type of snap.

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For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month's Sustainable Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓


  1. I love this Gail! The fact that all you needed was glue to hold it together is fantastic...and thanks for the snap video!

  2. This is so fun. I giggled at the clamp picture, mine would look like that too. Super cute.

  3. Very pretty bag and I love the pop of the black and white stripes! You have quite the collection of clamps. LOL

  4. You created a super cute bag!! I love the strips on the inside. This is such a great tutorial that I feel like I could actually make my own bag. Thanks for sharing! Pinning! And I loved the pic of all your many colorful clamps!

  5. You made such a pretty bag Gail. I hope you have a happy new year.

  6. Oh wow, that turned out nice, Gail! The scallops on the bag flap was a great touch. The entire project looks great!

  7. That's really lovely, a great no sew project. I love your mix of clips for holding it all in place as the glue dries! Shopping your stash is so good isn't it? It feels like getting soemthing for free because the purchase was so long ago!

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