I've had my eye on this leather tote from Madewell for a couple of months. Isn't it just so cute? I really love the color - and it was something that I was definitely missing from my wardrobe. But while I love the bag, I am less than enthusiastic about the price. Even though Madewell is great quality, I just cannot spend that much.
While it didn't even occur to me that I could make something like the tote above, I happened to find a DIY Tutorial for a leather tote by Boxwood Avenue.
Seeing as I just got a sewing machine, I was pumped to try it out. Luckily, I had plans to sew with Andy's mom all day this past Saturday. We got some faux leather material from Jo-Ann's (for only $15! -- we had a coupon!) and then got to work. This was the final product:
We mostly followed the tutorial, although we did size down the bag quite a bit, as I felt it would be too large for how I planned to use it. This was accomplished by just making the pattern smaller. We also didn't have any leather glue, so we just sewed the entire bag and went without the tassel.
The best news? Since we sized the bag down and got a yard of material, there was still plenty of material left over to make another bag. YAY! I'll be working on another this upcoming weekend. $15 for two totes isn't too shabby at all!
So what do you think? I think it looks pretty close to the Madewell bag, although the straps could definitely be thinner.
A huge thank you and shout out to Boxwood Avenue for creating the original tutorial. And a gigantic thank you to Peggy Gallo for sharing her sewing wisdom with me!