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Topic: Black pleather bag with purse frame - looking for some suggestions!  (Read 403 times)
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« on: January 14, 2016 07:10:00 PM »

So - I am making my niece a bag for her birthday - it will be a "steampunk" bag (kind of), and I am trying to make it similar to a picture she sent me . . . the bag is leather and has a purse frame. I have never made a bag of leather (or pleather) and never used a purse frame before. Here is my first practice bag - I am open to suggestions on how to make it better! Huh

So - I followed these tutorials on inserting purse frames:

only to discover, after getting most of the way through it, that the purse frame I was using was very different from theirs, in that the hinges go down way farther than the part that you sew onto the bag! I just went ahead and worked with what I had anyway . . . and it didn't come out horrible, but I am thinking there is a better way to do this. Undecided

anyhow - on to the pictures!

and here is where you can see how long the hinge parts are . . .

So - any thoughts on how to do that better? I have one more of this type of purse frame. The one I am going to use for my niece's bag is more like the kinds in the tutorial, so I am not as concerned about that - just would like to do better putting the other one of these in a bag.

Also - for the strap/handle - I have used a strap I made for a different bag for the purpose of the pictures - what do you think would make a good strap/handle for this one? I am thinking that if I can find bronze-toned swivel hooks, I can do a similar, simple strap, but thought that a chain of some sort might be good, too. Thoughts?

Thanks for looking, and all comments and criticism is welcome!  Grin

« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016 07:19:31 PM »

So - here is the bag that my niece liked . . .

And here is the purse frame/handle I am going to use:

Steep learning curve for me!!! Shocked

How easy or hard do you all think it would be to do that reverse applique thing (or whatever that's called with the fabric showing through the cutout in the leather)?
« Last Edit: January 14, 2016 07:21:02 PM by Padester » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016 03:00:47 PM »

Hmmm - no suggestions? Bummer . . .

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2016 06:21:08 AM »

Check out my reply to your question in the 'Straight Sided Bag Tutorial' thread.  The style you are looking for is a Doctor's Bag.  Here is the frame that is the same as the one your niece likes:

« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2016 08:45:50 AM »

Thanks, queenofdiy! Smiley

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