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rockon
« on: September 11, 2010 06:26:54 PM »

I was inspired by an article in Green Crafting Magazine (might not be the exact title) to resurrected an old leather thrift store jacket ($10!) as a pocketbook.  This was originally intended as a Christmas gift for my sister but it might not make it to her because it is sooo far from perfect.  I didn't use a pattern and I learned  A LOT about purse construction from this project.  Also came head to head with my machine's limits (broke a few leather needles trying to push them).  Anyway, it came out kind of cute.  I am a lousy photographer, but here are some pics:



(modelled by my male roommate Smiley )



Not a great shot but it shows the little flap that I think was inspired design (using an existing button and hole, just sewn on differently)



Probably the best photo of the bag.  I finally got so frustrated with the strap that I just knotted it on. 

It was a great learning experience and I will try this again.  And this one isn't too bad  . . . .is it?  Let me know what you think.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2010 07:32:46 PM »

That is one of the most fabulous bags I have every laid eyes on! Sheer love.

..and I think perfect.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2010 07:44:13 PM »

Ive been wanting to make a bag out of a leather jacket for ages, but am so chicken about cutting one up and getting it wrong.
You have got it so right!
Wow!
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010 04:54:53 AM »

Thanks so much!  What an ego boost . . . I was really scared to cut it up, too.  I waited like 2 weeks before I got the gumption . . . and now I am ready for next time, when I will do things like sew the flap on BEFORE I join the sides (heehee).  Thanks again!

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010 05:51:26 AM »

This is so cool, rockon! Kudos to  you for sewing with leather!
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010 07:12:46 AM »

I really like it (and understand, you'll want to keep it yourself  Wink)
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rockon
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010 05:49:57 PM »

This is so cool, rockon! Kudos to  you for sewing with leather!

Thanks!  I learned (from my friendly Joann Fabric employee) that leather needles for sewing machines are curved to cut the leather, and regular old needles are not.  So regular old needles tear leather and leather needles tear fabric . . . this might be old news to most, but it was new to me!

I really like it (and understand, you'll want to keep it yourself  Wink)

It did cross my mind . . . though I am still debating whether my sister would like it.  My mom comes to visit tomorrow and I will ask her opinion.

Thanks again.

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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2010 12:22:46 PM »

I love this bag! The way you designed the flap and the button I just love it!
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2010 06:33:41 PM »

Thanks Eliea!
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BettyBravo
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2010 02:44:07 AM »

I think this is sooooo cute! And I love that the strap is knotted!
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