Leather Pant Satchel

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Leather Pant Satchel

How many times do you see leather pants at a yard sale and think to yourself, “How in the name of Pat Benatar did that hefty man squeeze into these?” Recently I found the most amazing pair of bronze leather pants at a tag sale and I bought them knowing there were at least twenty different craft projects I could make with the leather. Here’s one.

Here’s how:

1. Cut a 23-inch long tube from 1 pant leg and remove the lining if there is one

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2. Stitch across the leg 7 inches from 1 end of the tube. This will be the base of your satchel.

3. Cut the material below the satchel base into ¼ inch-wide strips for a fringe.

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4. Measure 5 inches down from the top of your bag, then cut off the 5-inch section from 1 side of the tube, leaving the other side intact to turn into your flap.

5. Cut the remaining 5-inch section into a semicircle with pinking shears

6. Cut a buttonhole in the flap, fold the flap down, position the button on the bag, and stitch the button in place.

7. With pinking shears, cut a long 1 ½ inch-wide strip from the remnants of your leather pants for your strap. Determine how long you want your strap to be and trim the strip accordingly.

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8. Insert the ends of your strap into the mouth of the satchel and stitch them in place with your sewing machine, making sure to backtack.

Supply List

1 pair of leather pants in pretty good condition
Sewing machine
Matching thread
Heavy duty needle
1 large button