In addition to shoemaking, I’ve also decided to try my hand at making handbags. So far, I’m experimenting with simple tote shapes. My friend, Joy, is in the market for a basic tote so I offered to make her one.
Here’s a shot of the two primary materials used. The metallic leather is from Global Leather. Jot picked up the bunny print upholstery fabric when she was studying abroad in Paris. (As a side note, I did make a test tote out of faux leather first.)
For the straps, we decided on this contrast tan colored leather from the scrap bins at Global Leather. As you can see in the photo, I have not yet figure out how to achieve an industrial finish with the straps.
For the lining, I used the wrong side of the fabric. We thought the “X-ray Bunnies” looked rad with the metallic leather.
And check out that inner pocket. Here, I used the right side of the bunny print fabric. All in all, it was a good learning experience. For the next few projects, I might tackle something simpler. I’m thinking a zippered leather clutch.
See it modeled on me here.