All posts tagged: leather

Leather Mini Tote Bag and iPhone Case

  Today is my big sister’s birthday. Since my birthday, 10 days ago, we’ve been the same age – we used to love being the same age when we were kids, but now she’s over taken me again for the 42nd time the novelty is almost wearing off. She is wanting to buy a new laptop as she’s just started a degree in podiatry so has asked for money instead of pressies from all the family. I gave her some money but also made her a little pressie too! I’d been thinking of making some tote bags, so with the leather I’d previously bought  I decided to make a mini one in leather – big enough to hold my sister’s iPad. I used the large piece at the back. It’s chocolate brown but the photo doesn’t show it too well. I’ve just come home from my night shift, shattered after sewing and saving lives all night.  Luckily there weren’t many people who needing saving and I was able to make the bag. The commentary with the following …

Adventures with Leather

I recently bought 4 pieces of leather from Fabworks in Dewsbury  (West Yorkshire) for £10. Tonight, after much googling, I found a tutorial  on favecrafts to make a leather clutch bag.  The instructions were really simple, and I’d made it around an hour. For the lining I used some fabric from my stash which will one day be a frock.  So now I have a matching bag for a dress which is not yet in my wardrobe!  I was able to use my new roller foot which my lovely sister bought me for my birthday.  Here it is in action, and a few more action shots as I worked my way through the tutorial:   I cut out the leather then used it as a template to cut out the lining – remembering to have wrong sides together.  I used stationary clips to hold the fabric together.  Here is the bag before the sides were stitched (above) The instructions for sewing the sides together seemed hard to follow when I initially read them through, but once I started …

Sewing with leather….

Has anyone any tips for sewing with leather? I picked up 4 pieces yesterday and am going to try and make a bag. I got it from Fabworks in Dewsbury, they sell it at £10 per kg which I thought was a good price. They also sell bigger pieces at £12/kg. This shop is amazing and well worth a visit if you’re not too far away. I’ve bought some leather needles, well not leather, but you know what I mean! I need a foot for my machine and am wondering whether to buy a roller one or an ultra guide one. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.