DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote

I love leather handbags, but sewing on genuine leather can be finicky. I’ve encountered one too many broken needles through the years, and I just don’t have the patience for hand-stitching. So, I, Erin, was super excited to discover a material that has the strength and look of leather and the washability of fabric, but it’s actually PAPER. Can you believe it?

Yes, you read that right. Paper! If you’re in the market for a new tote for back to school or even a reusable bag for all those Target runs, then check out this custom DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote!

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Kraft Tex Paper Leather in 2 colors: Natural & White

Scissors

White Fabric Paint

Paint Brush

Clothes Pins and/or Mini Binder Clips

Thread

Sewing Machine

Ruler

5-6 ft of Jumbo Cotton Rope (Sold at most fabric stores)

1” Curtain Grommets in Matte Gold

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Cut out the following piece sizes:

Two: 5.5” x 14” pieces of white paper leather

Two: 10” x 14” pieces of natural paper leather

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Paint white dashes and squiggles on the natural paper with fabric paint. Allow to dry.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Use clothes pins or mini binder clips to pin the right sides of the natural and white pieces together to form one large rectangle. (Sewing pins leave unwanted permanent holes.) Repeat with back side of bag. Then sew the white and natural pieces to one another at 3/8” seam allowance. Use a ruler or any flat object to press open the seam.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Place the right sides of the bag so they’re facing each other and hold them in place with clothes pins or mini binder clips. Sew the sides and bottom of the bag together and use ruler to press open the seam.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Turn the bag right side out and mark the grommet locations using the template that’s included with the grommets. The grommets on my bag are 2” from the top and 4” from the outside edges. Cut out the holes with scissors and snap the grommets together according to the package instructions.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Thread the rope handles through the grommets. Tie the rope ends in knots inside the bag and you’re all done! 

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

The paper leather will crease and patina overtime giving it a wonderful weathered leather look!

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

And that’s it! I was so happy to discover this cool new fabric paper to play around with as it makes sewing leather-look pieces so much easier!

Have you discovered any life-changing new crafting or DIY materials lately? If so, spill the deets!

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote

I love leather handbags, but sewing on genuine leather can be finicky. I’ve encountered one too many broken needles through the years, and I just don’t have the patience for hand-stitching. So, I, Erin, was super excited to discover a material that has the strength and look of leather and the washability of fabric, but it’s actually PAPER. Can you believe it?

Yes, you read that right. Paper! If you’re in the market for a new tote for back to school or even a reusable bag for all those Target runs, then check out this custom DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote!

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Kraft Tex Paper Leather in 2 colors: Natural & White

Scissors

White Fabric Paint

Paint Brush

Clothes Pins and/or Mini Binder Clips

Thread

Sewing Machine

Ruler

5-6 ft of Jumbo Cotton Rope (Sold at most fabric stores)

1” Curtain Grommets in Matte Gold

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Cut out the following piece sizes:

Two: 5.5” x 14” pieces of white paper leather

Two: 10” x 14” pieces of natural paper leather

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Paint white dashes and squiggles on the natural paper with fabric paint. Allow to dry.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Use clothes pins or mini binder clips to pin the right sides of the natural and white pieces together to form one large rectangle. (Sewing pins leave unwanted permanent holes.) Repeat with back side of bag. Then sew the white and natural pieces to one another at 3/8” seam allowance. Use a ruler or any flat object to press open the seam.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Place the right sides of the bag so they’re facing each other and hold them in place with clothes pins or mini binder clips. Sew the sides and bottom of the bag together and use ruler to press open the seam.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Turn the bag right side out and mark the grommet locations using the template that’s included with the grommets. The grommets on my bag are 2” from the top and 4” from the outside edges. Cut out the holes with scissors and snap the grommets together according to the package instructions.

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Thread the rope handles through the grommets. Tie the rope ends in knots inside the bag and you’re all done! 

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

The paper leather will crease and patina overtime giving it a wonderful weathered leather look!

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Pattern Paper Leather Tote by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

And that’s it! I was so happy to discover this cool new fabric paper to play around with as it makes sewing leather-look pieces so much easier!

Have you discovered any life-changing new crafting or DIY materials lately? If so, spill the deets!

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

Comments

    • Thanks so much, Paige! Erin did an amazing job. We especially love the pattern detail! xo

  • Lily ardor

    08.24.17

    Oh my gosh this is lovely. I can’t wait to make one😍😍😍thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you like it, Lily! Erin did such an incredible job. Let us know how yours turns out when you do! :)

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