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Two-toned leather tote 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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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Classic, Mod, Cute
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What materials did you use? Leather re-purposed from two coats for main bag. Lining is a woven cotton.

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What are you most proud of? That I was able to fit the pattern pieces from the re-purposed leather pieces. I designed it to have front and back pockets due to the limited material and piped the front pocket to distinguish it easily from the back. I'm also proud that my seams match and that I was able to sew my seams without too much stretch since I didn't have the cold rubber tape.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I did not make the wool felt sample :( but I did review the entire course once quickly before I attempted to make the bag and follow Don step by step. If you are using brand new skins ($$) you might want to do the wool felt sample first. I took the chance because I had sewn a leather purse before.

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I love the colors. It is a beautiful tote bag. I am currently working on one, but life gets in the way sometimes and I hope to have it done by soon.

09/27/2013 Flag

Thank you. I look forward to seeing your purse soon. I know what you mean about life getting in the way; sometimes I'm up sewing at 2am when my husband's asleep.

10/03/2013 Flag

If I didn't know it already, I would have thought this purse was store-bought, not home-made! I mean that as a complement to you! Great job on matching the seams, and the fabric for the interior is matches perfectly with the purse. Kudos to you Boogzb! :D

09/28/2013 Flag

Thank you so much for your compliments. It's fun trying to find just the right fabrics for lining.

10/03/2013 Flag

Wow! This looks great! I like the color you chose. :-)

09/29/2013 Flag

Thank you. The color was by default-that was the color of the coat I was re-purposing:)

10/03/2013 Flag

What a great looking bag! Your color choice is beautiful and your workmanship is something you should be proud of. Great job!

09/29/2013 Flag

Thank you for your kind words Organza.

10/03/2013 Flag

Sooo great !! Love that you used old leather coats. I've done that with a simple purse but nothing as well made as your tote. Bravo!

10/25/2013 Flag

Thanks for your kind comments. Don's class was really inspiring.

01/07/2014 Flag