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Two-toned leather tote bag

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Created in this Craftsy class

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, Cute, Classic, Mod
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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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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

Beautiful, I wish one day you can try my patterns, welcome you to download my patterns

04/06/2015 Flag

Sorty, i just saw your comment. Thanks. Checked out your patterns and will certainly consider some of them.

01/29/2016 Flag

Hello, nice leather working, I am a professional leather pattern designer, If you have the basic tech of leather making, welcome you to try our patterns :)) click my name to see our pattern shop :)

04/07/2015 Flag

Sorry jusy saw your comment- been off the radar for a while due to some personal issues. Will certainly check out your patterns.

01/29/2016 Flag

Sorry, just saw your comments. Thanks. You have some great patterns and i will certainly consider them in the future.

01/29/2016 Flag

beautiful job--terrific recycling project!

08/05/2015 Flag

Thanks. It has held up well.

01/29/2016 Flag

Beautiful job, really nice and love the up-cycle!

01/25/2016 Flag

Thanks for your kind comments. This bag has worn very well and gets softer and supple over time.

01/29/2016 Flag

Thank you. The up-cycled leather has held up very well.

01/29/2016 Flag