Sveta McBirnie on

Posh leather bag

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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
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Traditional
Sveta McBirnie on

What materials did you use? Grey and yellow cow hide

Sveta McBirnie on

Sveta, I have found an inexpensive alternative to the decorative 'rivets' you have used on your corner detail at no other place than Staples office supply (sometimes a $1 store might have them). They are metal 'studs' or 'rivets' used to hold thick reports together, you push it in the hole and bend the 2 tabs back on themselves. Cheap and easy! I have always contact cemented a scrap of leather over the tail ends so they cannot inadvertently open up again. They come in silver or brass finish and are a reasonable decorative piece of hardware. I would NOT recommend them to be used where there is going to be movement or pressure, such as seams, etc. I have also combed garage sales and goodwill to find cheap handbags with hardware that might be reused. Looking forward to getting to start my project after the busy Christmas season :)

12/15/2013 Flag

Thank you VERY much for the idea, I will check it out :-) Just in case you wandering, these brass rivets are used are 3.25 for 50pc. They are very easy to install but you would need a tool with caved end, it costs 3.50 - all of it in Sewing and leather supplies , a bit north of queen on west side of Spadina (if you are in Toronto)

12/21/2013 Flag

Wow, I am impressed. You did a very professional job! Just finished watching the class and now I will gather my supplies and get going. One question, how did you make your bag stiff enough to stand up?

02/12/2014 Flag

I think because that is cowhide and not goat or lamb skin as in Don's class. Did you use an industrial machine? I looks very classy.

04/21/2014 Flag

Your bag is very classy and sheek. Really like your work

05/24/2014 Flag

What thickness and kind of leather is this? I love how it stands up on it's own. Or did you interface with something stiffer?

08/14/2014 Flag