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My "recycled" leather handbag

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almost finished bag

Created in this Craftsy Course

Making Leather Bags taught by Don Morin

Don't spend hundreds on a handbag when you can make one on your sewing machine. Customize and sew boutique-quality leather handbags with designer Don Morin.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Mod, Casual, Eco-Friendly
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What materials did you use? Navy blue 1970s A-line lambskin (?) skirt. This leather is super soft. The skirt was begging to be made into something else.

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What are you most proud of? I wanted to make a bag for my daughter based on the design of a bag she loved so much - she wore it out. I kept the original panels and lining so was able to adapt most of Don's tutorial. I am happy I kept at it even though I had to patch pieces together AND rip out many many seams...this bag bears the scars of these efforts but holds up pretty well all the same. I am not so satisfied with the zipper - is difficult to access and sticks at times. Could use some advice as I have not yet closed off the bottom lining and I am prepared to go back into the piece to fix whatever I can;-))

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? My best advice to others - I really put my Bernina and walking foot to work with this leather is a bear to work with. A very different material from fabric. This class made all the difference for me.

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First of all, bravo for re-purposing your old skirt You did well with using what you had (not always an easy thing to do). I absolutely love your lining choice. I think you have one happy daughter. right now. ;0)

12/14/2013 Flag

Thanks Don, you were right when you said 'the lining is what designers live for." I agree! I have just enough of the skirt leather left to make a clutch bag. I'm using the tute on your website as a guide. Again...the lining will be spectacular! Will post as soon as it's finished.

12/15/2013 Flag

I adore this! Soft and squishy and already looks well loved! Wish I could find a leather skirt to do the same. terrific work!

01/08/2014 Flag

Very nice! I know what you mean about the "battle scars", but they certainly aren't visible to anyone but you. What a great gift for your daughter!

02/01/2014 Flag

Thanks Edvicki, This was a great learning experience. Next time I'll use new stuff!

02/07/2014 Flag