DIY Leather Bucket Bag


DIY Leather Bucket Bag | Ada SpraggWell, last week was a week of firsts…hand-made jeans: check. First online class: check. Wait, what? So if I’ve been a little quiet on social media in the last month it’s because I’ve been beavering away planning, sewing, filming and putting together an online sewing class for this DIY Leather Bucket Bag. Eeeeeee!

DIY Leather Bucket Bag | Ada SpraggThis all came about quite serendipitously. I was approached by Skillshare late last year about the idea of putting together an online sewing class, covering the subject of ‘whatever I like’. So in the spirit of 2016 I said yes first and freaked out later. At first it was suggested that I could teach a learn-to-sew style class…even after sewing for over six years, the idea of being considered an authority on sewing fundamentals is not my beef. But pass me an obscure material and an idea for a high-risk DIY and I’ll run with it, any day!

DIY Leather Bucket Bag | Ada SpraggOne would dare say leather bucket bags are trending right now and to be honest, for quite a while I was going to buy one. But then I thought, how hard could it be? It’s just a rectangle plus a circle with straps and a cord. I drafted up a template. Bought a beautiful hide, some basic leather working tools, did some research and got to it! Argh, of course there were hurdles along the way. And then the filming… my god. As a mostly-introvert, speaking my thoughts aloud on camera for 8 + hours (and having to make sense and not do weird faces) was intense. Oh and the part where I punch a hole in the exact place I tell everyone not to punch it. Le sigh. But the result: pure leather bucket bag deliciousness and a class that I am so excited and proud to share with you!

DIY Leather Bucket Bag | Ada SpraggDIY Leather Bucket Bag | Ada Spragg In the class you will learn:

  • how to sew leather using a domestic / home sewing machine
  • how to set up your machine and the different types of stitches required
  • how to use basic leather working tools
  • how to create a custom metallic monogram and leather tassels

You will come away with your own hand-crafted, personalised and damn-fine-looking bucket bag and also new knowledge and confidence to sew with leather; a typically “tricky” material. Spoiler: it’s not tricky. DIY Leather Bucket Bag | Ada SpraggOf course I would be honoured / love you (maybe forever) to enrol in my class and DIY yourself a leather bucket bag. If you enrol via this link, Skillshare will give you a month of premium membership for free!

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  • allie J.wrote:

    Oh hey! I just finished filming my first Skillshare class today–a simple full gathered skirt (I’ll be covering that Learn to Sew aspect, haha). I’m excited to see how yours goes, I’ll definitely enroll!

  • Tashawrote:

    Hey that’s awesome—go you!

  • Rachelwrote:

    This is crazy! I have been contemplating making a bag like this for so long, but had no idea where to begin. Just signed up for the class, can’t wait to get started on this gorgeous piece. Thank you x

  • Beth - Sew DIYwrote:

    Congrats on the class! The bag is sooo pretty!!!

  • Carolinewrote:

    You amaze me Sophie! Love your aesthetic so much. And this bag… OMG. As soon as I can get my hands on some nice leather I am going to take this class. Congrats girl!

  • Ingridwrote:

    I just saw the ‘trailer’ for your class.. You do it so, so well Sophie! You come across super chilled and lovely. I can’t bear most classes because of stiff (or overenthusiastic!) presenting but I’m looking forward to taking yours 🙂 And this bag….. *drooool*

  • Annawrote:

    This is amazing!!! I need to get some nice leather somewhere, but will for sure make it!!! 🙂

  • Elenawrote:

    Yay! Congrats lovely lady. Going over to check it out now. Because, who doesn’t need more bucket bags in their lives? xxx

  • Dariwrote:

    You are so beautiful and relaxed in your video…basically, just as I imagined you in real life. :). Congrats on your class! The bag is lovely and the pictures, as always, are beautiful!

  • Wednesday Weekly #33 | Helen's Closetwrote:

    […] Since I got onto Skillshare from of Caroline’s link in her blog, I got three months for 99 cents! It is really amazing all the courses that are available, I am excited to try more! Like this DIY leather bucket bag from Ada Spragg. […]

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