I love making faux leather bags. I love that faux leather is available in lots of colors.
Usually you need a special foot to stitch this material, but I found that my walking foot works fine. When topstitching, I have to help a little the material to move under the needle. I stitch with longer stitches than usual (I set my machine at 3). I don’t get perfect stitches every time, but usually they look good.
Because faux leather can’t be creased with an iron, here is an easy way to stitch straps for your bags.
I made my straps in two colors. The inside (the side that touches your shoulder) is a little wider than the outside.
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First, choose the desired width for your straps. Then add 3/4” and cut one strip of this width and in the desired length. The other strip (in the other color) is cut 1/4” narrower than the first one.
So here is how I cut mine:
- taupe strip – 2 1/4”
- blue strip – 2”
- final width of the strap – about 1 1/2”
Draw a line 3/8” away from both edges.
Fold the piece on the line and stitch. Fold as you stitch, you don’t need pins (yes, I use pins, they don’t leave holes in my faux leather- test yours first).
Stitch first one edge then the other.
Stitch close to the edge (not the fold).
If you need stronger straps (for travel bags, as example), draw a single line on the center,
then fold the edges toward the center. In this case, double the desired width of the straps and cut strips of this width.
Here are my strips.
Place the narrow strip over the other, keeping it centered.
First stitch on the center then secure the edges, stitching close to the edges of the blue strip.
I stitched with leather needles (Jeans needles work fine too); quality thread is desired too.
Ready to be attached to a new bag!
I love the faux leather bags I already made – more in the future.
Enjoy your new bags,