Tutorial: Sewing Faux Leather Bag Straps

April 05, 2017

Faux leather purse

I'm still totally in love with my grown up tote, and today we shall cover how to make bag straps from faux leather. Unlike real leather, the raw edges of the faux leather can sometimes give away that it's fake, because it's a different color or the backing material might be visible. One quick remedy for this is coloring the edges, but that's not always possible or desirable. Another option is to make sure no raw edges are visible. That's what we're going to do here. This is a tutorial to make faux leather straps with neat edges.

First let's start with a rectangular piece as long as you require, and twice as wide + 1" as your desired fished width. The width of the leather here is 3.5".

1) Fold the edge of the leather .5" towards the middle of the strap, then sew it down. I used the edge of the presser foot as a guide. This helps because you can't put pins in the leather. Going as slowly as possible plus a teflon foot will help prevent twisting and pulling in the finished strap.

Sewing bag straps from faux leather

2) Repeat with the other edge.

Sewing bag straps from faux leather

3) Fold it in half, match edges, then sew close to the original stitch line. One more step to go.

Sewing bag straps from faux leather

4) Flip the strap over and stitch one more line down the folded edge. This will help prevent the strap from twisting and add some visual symmetry

Sewing bag straps from faux leather

And you're done! Voila! A strap. Now it's up to you to figure out how to attach it to your bag or purse.

Sewing bag straps from faux leather

Happy sewing!

If you missed it, here's the tote in all its glory: The Grown Up Tote

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