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Want to make my first leather bag
Marie-Claude
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Date: 7/10/10 0:23 AM

Hi everyone,

I want to make my own leather hand bag for this Fall/Winter season. I've had a look at various bags patterns, but not many of then list (faux) leather in the recommended fabrics.

Has anyone made their own handbag, and if so, which pattern did you use? Was leather already in the list of recommended fabrics, or you just decided to make it in leather anyway?

Thank you for your input!

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Date: 7/10/10 2:05 AM

Hi Marie Claude,

Since you are from the Netherlands, I would recommend the last Knip Mode, the August issue. It contains 10 bag patterns!

http://www.knipmode.nl/media/bladerboxKnipmode/index.htm

They seem all quite simple and some are apropriate for leather. The Knip even provides instructions on how to sew leather and suede. I will be making the bag with a big bow this weekend!

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Date: 7/10/10 2:40 AM

Ahhhh thanks for the tip! I think the bag with the big bow is actually what I'm looking for!! The leather I bought is nice and supple, yet sturdy, so it would be perfect for it!

I'm off to the newsstand!

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Date: 7/10/10 2:41 AM

sorry, double post
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Date: 7/10/10 10:16 AM

In general, you can use leather, faux leather or Ultrasuede for many handbag patterns, whether these types of fabrics are listed as recommended or not. Much depends on the attributes of the leather you're using. For example a very stiff or thick leather won't work for a style that needs a very supple fabric. Here's a handbag I made a few months ago using Ultraleather, a type of faux leather.

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Date: 7/11/10 1:52 AM

Thank you Nancy! I never ventured myself in sewing leather before, so I was a bit hesitant to try just any pattern. But I might change my mind. Your bad looks terrific!

I'll give the Knipmode pattern a try first, as it's really exactly what I was looking for. And if it offers advice on sewing leather, that's even better!

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Date: 8/3/10 5:03 PM

You could try one of the ones from Bag'n'Telle
http://bagntell.wordpress.com/tutorials/

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Date: 8/4/10 2:37 PM

I made the bag with the bow from the knipmode.
I did not make in suede, as was recommended. I had bought a huge leather pillow from the thrift shop and reused the leather.
When I started, I was making photos of all the construction process. Unfortunatly one of my dogs got very ill last week and had to be put to sleep on saturday. When I came back from the vet, I just sat in front of the sewing machine and finished this bag while I cried and cried. I know the last seams are crocked, but this bag will always be very special for me.




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Date: 8/4/10 2:56 PM

[quote] When I came back from the vet, I just sat in front of the sewing machine and finished this bag while I cried and cried. I know the last seams are crocked, but this bag will always be very special for me.



First of all, I'd like to say sorry to hear about your dog. Now as far as your bag is concerned, I think it is stunning. Was it difficult? I would love to make one of these. I've never heard of these patterns. Are they available in the US? I have been trying to find a purse for the longest time. I like big handbags with long straps. I also like a few compartments on the inside. I haven't found one ready made that I like, so I will be looking to find a pattern for one.
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Date: 8/4/10 3:36 PM

It is not difficult, if your sewing machine can handle leather. I have a old pfaff from the '80's and it went quite easy. The important is to use a leather or a topstich needle and to use strong polyester thread.
I will post a review with the photos I have

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