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Oxblood Red Faux Aligator Leather Purse

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Romantic, Casual, Holiday, Hipster, Traditional, Classic
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What materials did you use? A tantilizing new fall color is Oxblood Red, shown here in a faux aligator leather. Read on to find out where you can buy this great fabric. A shimmering dark red taffeta for the interior and pockets, were free motion quilted prior to purse constructions. Accents of dark bronze for the easy to open lobster claw clasp key fob and magentic purse closure.

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What are you most proud of? I am proud of the free motion quilted interiors and pockets I create for purses--which adds a necessary firmness, and a fraction of weight expected in a high end purse. I like to experiement with pockets and pocket closures, for style and function.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Try upholstery fabric for your next purse exterior. Tips: lengthen your stitches and use a heavier needle 16/100. Topstitching machine needles are great.

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Would you mind sharing how you make your handles? I love how you zigzag down the center, it adds such nice touch. I'm wondering if you sew the right sides together and then turn the handles inside out. Or do you have an easier way of doing it? It would be so helpful to know because I can't help but to think that turning the handles inside out would be difficult to do with faux leather. Thank you so much. ~ Debra

11/21/2012 Flag

Lewisport - you are exactly right. The faux leather is thicker, and it would be impossible to sew and turn inside out. A zig-zag stitch down the a simple technique. No turning required. Begin: I cut the faux leather with rotary cutter. 2" to 2-1/4" strip of faux leather will create a 1" width handle. As I sew, I turn the edges toward the center and start a zig-zag stitch. Wouldn't it be great to have three hands? Tip #1 Practice zig-zag first with a scrap of faux leather to find just the right size of zig-zag width and especially the length of stitch. One minute of cablirating the zig-zag stitch will give you perfect results. Tip#2 Use thread that matches the faux leather. Part of the "look" of flawless zig-zagging and top stitching is to have thread match the faux leather exactly. Finish: Top stitch edges with a scant 1/4 the full length of the handle strap. Tip# 3 When zig-zagging or top stitching I always start sewing about 1/2" into the strap. That means the pressure foot straddles the center of the strap where I'm going to zig-zag and it acts like a third hand holding down the folded fabric edges in the center. If I were to start at the end and not use the pressure foot to hold the center stitch, I might cause the bobbin to foul, and create a big ball of thread underneath. Ever have that happen? Best wishes, Mrs. D (Shoestring)

11/22/2012 Flag

I can't thank you enough for this information. It's so beautiful, that I'm going to make it for my daughter for Christmas -- she will be over the moon for it! Tomorrow (Black Friday, yipes) I'm off to Hancock Fabrics for the faux Alligator. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving today. Warmest Regards, Debra

11/22/2012 Flag

Ooops, second sentence, I left out an important word "center". Should read: A zig-zag stitch down the center is a simple technique.

11/22/2012 Flag

This bag is absolutely stunning! Love love love the color (and I'm not usually a fan of red), but I particularly love your design. Your stitching is so perfect! You've inspired me to give bag-sewing a go! Thank you!!!

10/11/2013 Flag

What a beautiful bag!! Looks so professional! It is so nice of you to share so many of your techniques. I have just used faux leather for the first time and found a teflon foot enabled the machine to glide over the faux leather. I plan on using more of the faux leather for bags.

02/12/2014 Flag