This handmade Indiana Jones satchel, like the Upholstery Sample Backpack, was made for my 3 year-old son. And, like the backpack, it’s a quick project that is elegant in its simplicity. My son really enjoys the Lego Indiana Jones game, and loves to pretend he’s Indy. And what would Indy be without his satchel? I used a panel from a leather skirt to make this purse, and it only took me about twenty minutes to put together. If you don’t have any thrifted leather lying around, how about a couple pieces of wool, craft felt, imitation leather, brown fleece, or scrap fabric? Any of these will work well for a play satchel.

Just like yesterday’s project, this is quick and dirty, and doesn’t have any of the niceties I would include on a purse for myself (like extra pockets, lining, topstitching, or finished edges). I think it’s a pretty handsome leather purse, though, honestly! It’s a fabulous Indy satchel, and although my preschool son can’t appreciate how nice it is, I’m hoping it will last for a couple years (when he will probably appreciate it a bit more).

Project Estimate:

  • Thrifted leather garment, $1 and up (probably more than $1)
  • Leather needle for your sewing machine, $1 (a pack of 5 for about $3-5)
  • Metal rings and clips, a pack of 100 for about $3
  • Thread, scissors, etc.

Total: $3 and up

Find out how to make the Indiana Jones satchel on page 2, how to work with thrifted leather on page 3