DIY Feedbag Tote w/Leather Straps

Hi all—Emily + Erick of Hello Home Shoppe here. We are so thrilled to share this simple, yet beautiful DIY Feedbag Tote on Poppytalk!

The idea for the feedbag was born out of necessity. After purchasing a vintage feedbag from a flea market, we ended up using it as a stash for all our smaller knick-knacks, all the while lamenting that our newly fashioned carryall didn’t have straps.

After a trip to the leather store, we solved our dilemma pretty quickly and got this cute tote in return. Enjoy!

• 1” thick leather belt strap measured to desired strap length (we choose 2 feet per each of our two straps).
• Leather stain (only needed if you buy nude leather and you prefer a darker color)
• Feedbag
• Rivets (we used double cap for a more finished look)
• Rivet setter
• Leather punch
• Hammer
• Scissors
• Pencil

Step 1.) Cut your long belt strap in half to make two straps.

If you, like us, bought nude leather and would like to make your straps a darker shade, stain your straps according to manufacturer’s directions. We used a rag to gently sponge on the color and then let the straps dry for about an hour.

Step 2.) Fold the rough edges on the top of your feedbag inward as if you were hemming it. Iron your “hemmed” edge so that it’s a crisp fold. Iron the rest of your feedbag as well.

Step 3.) Decide where you want your strap and lightly mark the spot with pencil in case the strap moves while you’re punching the hole. Line up your first strap to desired position on your feedbag and punch two holes through both the leather strap and the material of the bag.

Step 4.) Push the male end of the rivet through the two holes you just made, passing through both the leather strap and the material of your feedbag.

Step 5.) Lightly place the female end of the rivet on top of the male rivet. Position the concave end of the rivet setter on top of the rivet. Give the rivet a few whacks with a hammer until it is set.

Repeat steps 3-5 for the 3 other points that your straps need to attach to the bag (2 points on the front and 2 on the back.

Emily + Erick
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Marta - LittleMars said...

I love this DIY!!!!

Emily said...

This is great! I am going to be on the lookout for a vintage feed sack now.


Unknown said...

Very cool! I love how the leather makes it feel more substantial.

Emily Rose said...

Did you clean the bag before hand and how? I have some I would love to do this with, but I'm afraid cleaning them would ruin it.

Katie said...

Do you remember what size rivets you used? Love your bag, going to attempt one myself!