I am so excited to be working with the Leather Hide Store. to share a bunch of inspiration and tutorial posts about projects you can do with small amounts of leather. They were a dream to work with and their selection is INCREDIBLE! I wanted to share fun things you can make with out breaking the bank! So snatch up a remnant or a whole hide and get sewing!
I knew when I started this leather project I had to make a bag of some type. Since I was using remnants I couldn’t make a FULL bag (plus I wanted something more “friendly”). I also really wanted a BIG deep bag for going to the fresh market and on the many picnics we have planned for this spring and summer. The French really know how to “pique-nique” and in my constant effort to blend in I need a chic bag that would basically carry everything in my kitchen…. plus a blanket ha!
For this bag I literally cut two large rectangles of striped fabric. I attached a heavy stabilizer to give it some structure. I attached a nice chunky bottom of leather, laid the two pieces right sides together and sewed from one side, across the bottom and up the other.
Once I had turned it right side out I followed THESE instructions on how to make the square bottom. I then literally winged my straps by cutting long thin rectangles and rounding off the corners just like Delia did.
I this part is done I was able to determine how large my lining should be. Since I knew I would mainly use this bag for picnics and swimming pool trips I only sewed one simple pocket for my phone.No zipper or buttons, just a deep rectangle. I slide it in wrong side to wrong side and then cut a long strip of leather to go around and finish off the top.
I loved being able to completely customize this bag to what I like. I LOVE long straps and a simple interior.
I am actually kind of sad that I haven’t tried making my own bags before. So so easy! And very satisfying! Especially when people say “I love your bag!” and you can tell them you made it! Isn’t’ that the best! Thank you Leather Hide for the gorgeous soft leather. Love it!