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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

Excellent design work. I'll be demonstrating how to make leather tassels in my next video.

12/03/2013 Flag

were can I find that video?

12/13/2013 Flag

Thank you, Don! I am looking forward to itI can improve on my tassel :-)

12/08/2013 Flag

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