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Project

Posh leather bag

What you will need

  • Grey and yellow cow hide

Q&A with Sveta McBirnie

Pursonal Issues asked:
Wow, I'm impressed! Love the mix of leather colors, it really adds to the 'posh', as well as your cute little tassel
Sveta McBirnie answered:
The bag was supposed to be grey only but I ran out of leather and had to improvise... Glad that it worked out so well.. Thank you for the comments.. Sveta
Tzpiglick asked:
Really great. Interested to know where you bought the chain and the front decorative piece. Thanks
Sveta McBirnie answered:
Hello: (1) Front decorative piece is one section of broken metal belt that I had; chain I found in sewing and leather supply store as a discarded part of purse handle that someone brought to replace... However, you can find chain in sewing and leather hardware places about $4 a foot...
Pursonal Issues asked:
I just noticed your corner details! I've done this on other bags I've made but am curious to know in which order you applied them on this particular bag. As well, thought I should tell you that I often pick up interesting purses at garage sales & goodwill stores, when they're just pennies on the dollar, so I can 'pirate' supplies from them. I've been able to take clips, zips, metal googahs & handles. Its a great (cheap) way to build up your supplies :)
Sveta McBirnie answered:
I am still "polishing" my construction technique - I applied corner pieces (including rivets) before assembling side/bottom seams. Front and back extend to form the bottom.
Pursonal Issues asked:
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 :)
Sveta McBirnie answered:
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)