Over this summer holiday, I have been making more leather handbags. I made my first two years ago after seeing one which I liked in a craft shop. I was pleased with how it turned out and it has worn well. I had a few comments and requests, so this summer I thought that I would do some more.
You need special leather sewing machine needles and a sharp cutter. I have also bought leather needles for hand sewing to add some details and some magnetic metal clasps which snap shut. Each bag is different as I don’t use a pattern but make a bag from the leather shapes.
The small shoulder bag has been hand sewn and measures 18x13cm (7×5 inches). Inside it has the natural suede of the leather.
The next two bags are similar, both have a heavy stone pendant covering the clasp.
Both bags are simple in style with only the natural leather lining and no pockets. The straps are attached with buttons.
I have four more bags half done. Here is a glimpse to see what’s coming. I hope to have them finished by the end of the summer holidays.