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


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.


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.


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