Sew a Linen Bucket Bag
Intermediate | 49 min 55 sec
Materials and Bag Construction
Create Leather Strap and Tassel
Create your own linen and leather bag with the expert guidance of Elke Bergeron. Elke shows you how to sew a classic bucket bag, plus she shows you how to make a beautiful leather shoulder strap and a coordinating leather tassel. This class provides a foundation in basic sewing and leather-working skills, and results in a gorgeous handbag, perfect for year-round use.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For bag:
  • 18” x 36” piece of linen or canvas for outer shell
  • 18” x 36” piece of linen or canvas for lining
  • 15” x 12” piece of lining fabric for pocket
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  •  Additional materials for leather strap and tassel (all leather working supplies can be found at
  • 8-9 oz veg tan belting leather, at least 23” long and 2” wide
  • Lighter quality veg tan leather for tassel, about 18” long and 2” wide
  • 1 ½” brass ring for tassel (can be found at
  • Rivet setter or hand press
  • Scrap leather for rivet washers
  • 10 rivets, size medium
  • Tape measure
  • Poly board cutting mat
  • Poly hammer
  • Rotary cutter
  • Strap cutter
  • 1/8” leather punch (Elke uses the Mini Leather Punch Set)
  • XS leather punch, for stitching
  • Water
  • 2 sponges
  • Edge bevel, size 3 or 4 (depending on size of leather)
  • Edge burnisher
  • Leather conditioner
  • Awl
  • Marker or pen
Learn how to:
  • Sew bag exterior and lining
  • Add an interior pocket
  • Cut a leather strap with a strap cutter
  • Bevel and burnish leather
  • Condition leather
  • Punch holes in leather
  • Create leather washers for rivets
  • Use rivets to attach straps to bag
  • Make a leather tassel and attach it to bag
What You'll Get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on how to sew a linen bucket bag
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
496 users recommended this class to a friend
Joseph Podhaiski
Exceeded my expectations for a step by step sewing how to make a simple bag. The how-to make a leather strap and tassel were a nice bonus.
January 6, 2023
I am currently working on this project and I would enjoy another class like this
More than 3 months ago
Heather Wicht
Really easy to follow. Lots of versatile skills were introduced. It was a good introduction to some basic leatherworking skills and tools. I now feel like I have a great template for creating variations. Thanks!
More than 3 months ago