Jan 3, 2016

and now for something totally different: sewing a leather purse

Hello World. I made a leather purse! I believe I might just be a genius.
Yes, I made this! Here's how.

First I went to the purse graveyard.


Chose my TWO favorite purses...


Hmmm... which one do I want to make?


The red one. But not in red.

Wait... can my Bernina sew leather? Sort of... I think I asked it to do more than it is really built for. More on this later...


First, practice! Made this a couple weeks ago. Leather trim.


That was a bit tricky. Need more practice!


50% off all Craftsy classes. Perfect! Learned a few more things.

Now I'm ready. Made a pattern. Made a muslin mock up.


Made the lining. Added some awesome pockets. Attached proper hardware.




And you may not agree... but damn, I do feel like a genius.

One last thing. The final touch.

I'm planning to carry my new leather bag on my trip to Japan. Leaving soon. Packing the rest of my bags now. Can't wait!

4 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm so impressed. IF I'd tackled this at all, it would have been the yellow purse (no zipper.) Love the dangle you added. It will be the talk of Japan. Congratulations!

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  2. Totally awesome….and with what bags cost these days…..financially brilliant as well!

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  3. You are so talented! I never would ever, ever consider making a purse let alone a leather one!!

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  4. Your purse is lovely- I'm still working up the energy to try sewing with leather! And so excited about your trip to Japan. I hope it's wonderful and inspiring!

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