How to Make a Suede Tote

I have some tote bags but non of them are stylish and the one that I want is way too pricy. So I decided to make my own using finds from the local charity shop.

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How to Make a Suede Tote
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I bought the coat and the belt secondhand for 14,60 $ the coat was size XXL and the belt was 36 inc.

I bought the coat and the belt secondhand for 14,60 $ the coat was size XXL and the belt was 36 inc.

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I took the coat apart and used the back and one of the sleeves. After I cut the suede I sewed the two pieces together so I had one long piece of suede.

I took the coat apart and used the back and one of the sleeves. After I cut the suede I sewed the two pieces together so I had one long piece of suede.

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I measured one of my tote that I liked the size of and transferred the measurements  to the suede. My tote was 14 inc. wide and 16 inc. long so I needed 14x32 inc.

I measured one of my tote that I liked the size of and transferred the measurements to the suede. My tote was 14 inc. wide and 16 inc. long so I needed 14x32 inc.

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Used the same measurements for the lining. I reused the lining from the coat. Do eat pretzel when taking measurements. Sew the two pieces together to get one long piece.

Used the same measurements for the lining. I reused the lining from the coat. Do eat pretzel when taking measurements. Sew the two pieces together to get one long piece.

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I ironed on some vlieseline to  the edges of the suede to make them more stabile.

I ironed on some vlieseline to the edges of the suede to make them more stabile.

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I folded the suede in half inside out and sewed it together along both sides. Did the same thing with the lining.

I folded the suede in half inside out and sewed it together along both sides. Did the same thing with the lining.

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I placed the belt on the outside of the bag and moved it around until it fitted around the bag.

I placed the belt on the outside of the bag and moved it around until it fitted around the bag.

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I sewed the belt on by hand, using the holes that was already there.

I sewed the belt on by hand, using the holes that was already there.

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Now to line the bag: place the lining out side out  and the suede bag outside in.

Now to line the bag: place the lining out side out and the suede bag outside in.

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Put the suede bag, outside in, inside the lining  with the out side out.

Put the suede bag, outside in, inside the lining with the out side out.

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Sew the lining on to the suede bag along side the top.

Sew the lining on to the suede bag along side the top.

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Fold the top over an inch or so and sew it to make a nice top border.

Fold the top over an inch or so and sew it to make a nice top border.

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Top border.

Top border.

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I wanted a square bottom on my tote. Here is how to do that: fold the tote inside out. Smooth out the corners of the suede tote.

I wanted a square bottom on my tote. Here is how to do that: fold the tote inside out. Smooth out the corners of the suede tote.

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The seam between my fingers are the side seam. Fold the corner like this.

The seam between my fingers are the side seam. Fold the corner like this.

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Sew straight across the corner. Do the same on the other corner.

Sew straight across the corner. Do the same on the other corner.

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One corner after been sewed. The bottom of the tote is facing the camera.

One corner after been sewed. The bottom of the tote is facing the camera.

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Turn the tote inside in, and hey presto here is your corner and I hope you can see the bottom that has now been formed on the tote.

Turn the tote inside in, and hey presto here is your corner and I hope you can see the bottom that has now been formed on the tote.

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Finally  the handles : I hand draw a design that I liked on the vlieseline and ironed it on to the suede.

Finally the handles : I hand draw a design that I liked on the vlieseline and ironed it on to the suede.

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My handles are 22.5 inc. long. They can go over my shoulder and still be comfortable just carrying in my hand.

My handles are 22.5 inc. long. They can go over my shoulder and still be comfortable just carrying in my hand.

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I sewed the sides together forming a tube and left the end bit unfolded to be sewed on to the tote.

I sewed the sides together forming a tube and left the end bit unfolded to be sewed on to the tote.

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I pulled a string of cotton thru the handle strap to make it more sturdy and comfortable to hold.

I pulled a string of cotton thru the handle strap to make it more sturdy and comfortable to hold.

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I marked out where I wanted the handle straps to be on both sides of the tote.

I marked out where I wanted the handle straps to be on both sides of the tote.

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Sewed on the handle straps on the outside of the tote.

Sewed on the handle straps on the outside of the tote.

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All done. I like the autumn colour of my new tote and the rustic design.

All done. I like the autumn colour of my new tote and the rustic design.

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