I hope that you all are enjoying the holiday season. I had a really lovely Christmas. I spent it at home with family, playing games, eating delicious homemade food and watching hilarious home videos that we hadn’t seen in years.
This year, I was inspired to bust out the sewing machine and create something. About 3 weeks ago, I went to the Spitalfield Market in Shoreditch. Shoreditch is an area of London that reminds me of the trendy, young parts of Brooklyn- they’re both rife with posh hipsters. It was in that market that I came across a stall where a man was selling scraps of leather and suede for a pound apiece. Did you ever see a fabric and know you had to make something out of it? The leather smelled so good and felt so smooth to the touch. I bought 3 pieces on a whim.
So without further ado, here’s how I made the leather purses and the blog post and youtube clip (here and here) that inspired it! I didn’t closely follow any of the tutorials I found because they were either too vague, too intense, or not exactly what I wanted. Although I didn’t use a pattern, I think the purses came out pretty damn good! Let’s begin:
You will need two pieces of fabric that are equal in size to be the outside of the bag. In the picture, this is represented by the yellow pieces of fabric. You will also need a lining for the inside of the bag (the pink fabric at the top) and a piece of leather to form the bottom of the bag. Here’s a sneak peek of what the finished product looks like:
You may also want buttons and clasps to close your purse.
Okay first step:
1. Sew the first outside piece of fabric to the leather. First, you want to fold down the leather with tape.
When you turn it over, it should look like this:
Remove the tape. If some was sewn into the fabric by accident, that’s okay. The lining of the bag will hide it. I was able to take out all of the tape I applied by making sure I didn’t put it too close to the edge where the seam would be.
So now you have sewn your outside fabric to the leather trim of your purse. What do you do next? Well, first we have to fold that baby in half to see how big the purse will be, and how much lining you will need for it.
7. Decide what kind of closure you want for your purse. I chose to use snaps on one side, with a decorative button on the outside of the purse. For me, it made more sense to handsew on the snaps before I stitched the sides of the purse together. (However, if you decide to use a zipper, you may want to sew together the sides of the purse first.)
It was a bit tricky to sew both the snap and the button on at the same time, but I managed. Just take your time and make sure the holes are aligned.
Alright- you still with me? 🙂 We’re almost done! Now onto the last step.
It probably took me about an hour to make this one. Here are some more shots:
What did I do differently? I simply cut out more fabric for one side of the bag than for the other. So basically, I had two rectangular outside pieces of purple fabric, one bigger than the other. Then, I folded two corners of one side of the bigger fabric into a triangle and sewed it in place. Pretty simple stuff.
I gave them away as Christmas presents!
What do you think? You like? Did you give away any homemade presents this year?