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Creating your own durable custom leather bag might seem like an intimidating idea, but it’s actually pretty darn easy. Armed with a leather-specific needle and a sewing machine, even beginners will find it quick and easy to stitch up a simple tote!

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Despite sometimes having the reputation of being difficult to work with, leather has the advantage of not needing to be finished to prevent it from fraying like woven fabric does, so you can take shortcuts where needed to prevent unmanageably thick and hard to sew seams by skipping hems and edges.

A great example: This super-easy 4-step leather tote bag tutorial from Delia Creates.

Simple project, no extra finishing, great results!