Make This Beautiful DIY Leather Handbag With Wooden Sides

by Saltymom
11 Materials
3 Hours

I love minimalism and chic, I think it's a lovely collaboration, and it can look so sophisticated. So how do you achieve this? Easy! With a DIY leather handbag, of course! In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make a DIY leather handbag in no time! The colors and style are stunning and would probably match just about any outfit due to the neutral tones. You don't have to use real leather either, and pleather would also look great for this project. Ready? Let's make this minimalist DIY leather handbag.

Tools and materials:

  • Leather/pleather- 43.5 x 20cm (17.8 x 7.87 inches)
  • 4 Craft sticks- 15cm (5.9 inches), 1cm (0.39 inches) thick plywood
  • Screw on stud
  • Leather/pleather handbag strap
  • Mini hacksaw
  • Glue gun
  • Glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Needle
  • Thread
Make a DIY leather handbag

Make the wooden sides

To make this easy DIY leather handbag, you'll need four craft sticks made out of plywood. They should each be 15cm (5.9 inches) long and 1cm (0.39 inches) thick. 

How to make a DIY leather handbag

Then, mark the notches for the strap, as shown. It should be 1.5cm (0.59 inches) from the edge. Mark 2 dots, ½ a cm (0.19 inches) in between and 2cm (0.78 inches) for the second set of dots. 

Easy DIY leather handbag

Then, saw halfway on the notch marks. Then, saw in between the notch. 

Basic DIY leather handbag

Pry off the wood to create the notch. 

Minimalist DIY leather handbag

Using a good-quality glue and glue gun, stick both pieces together. Then, repeat the same process for the other two sticks. 

DIY leather handbag tutorial

With a large clip, clip the wooden units together so that they don't move during the drying process. 


To see how I do this, skip to 0:39 seconds on my video. 

Glue the basic DIY leather handbag

Layout your pre-cut leather or pleather fabric ( the measurement is- 43.5 x 20cm or 17.8 x 7.87 inches), then glue the sides that will encase the wooden units. Use rubber glue for the best results.

Fold one part over, as shown. 

Then secure it with some nails. Space them out and add them to the front and back.

Now, go ahead and attach the screw-on stud. Mark the center and create a mini hole. Then, attach the stud carefully by screwing it on. 

Next, find the center of the top piece of the basic DIY leather handbag and make a hole. Ensure it's centered and will reach the stud at the bottom layer. 

This is how it should look. 

Add the strap

Loop the strap through the notches. Find the position of where the strap enters the holes for stitching. 

Then, make the holes using a hammer and nail. Be sure to make the holes in the right location.

Now, loop the strap through both holes and sew the strap from the middle to the shortened, through the holes. Be sure to repeat the process on the other side. Also, sew horizontal stitches to keep it secure.


See how I do this from 3:02 minutes on my video tutorial.

There you have it! You now know how to make a DIY leather handbag! I think chic is an understatement because it's just so damn lovely! Remember, if you want a sturdier DIY leather handbag, you can use thicker leather. Thank you for joining me. Now that you have some great guidelines and inspiration to make this simple DIY leather handbag, what colors will you choose? 

How to clean leather

Want some hot tips for cleaning leather? Check out this tutorial on How to Clean a White Leather Purse!

Suggested materials:
  • Leather
  • Craft sticks
  • Screw on stud
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Join the conversation
  • Kathleen Keller Kathleen Keller on Aug 09, 2021

    A hint for you: when threading something through a tube, fasten a safety pin to the end you are threading and use that to move it through. Much easier and you don’t end up with the item twisted in the tube

  • Delores M Stevens Delores M Stevens on Apr 17, 2022

    No I don't see a picture of the finished hand bag.

    • Kama Webster Kama Webster on Apr 11, 2023

      Mr, either. I want to know how it should look at the end before I spend that much time making it!