You will never guess what…. it’s my lucky week… I have had quite a productive but tiring weekend. I tried so hard to finish this festival bag before king’s day and it will rain cats and dogs. Even though I am not finished yet I thought “let’s continue with the making of posts so you all can follow the process of bag making”. If you have missed the first posts check them out here and here.
Always add a challenge
This circle bag has a few components which will be a challenge. First of all, is it possible in this design to make the sides of the circle without any strange crinkles or to much stress on the stitches? How do I add a zipper in a half round bag? Finally, how to I lace leather and make the design symmetric?
I started with the lacing. Because if it would look horrible I would still be able to change the design. A big lesson here: ” Always buy more leather than you need, just in case you make a mistake”. Besides, if you do succeed at once you can add a matching makeup bag, for example with a kiss-lock frame like this one!
With each next V, I loved it more and more! And look how awesome the end result is. You might have seen this one already on Instagram. If not and you do like preview follow me @florineleatherandstyle!! It has some bohemian or maybe even Spanish matador look, don’t you think? Perfect for the sunny festivals this summer (or rainy ones as well….).
When you’re making a bag it often has multiple parts which have to come together in the end. But the problem is, overall there is only one solution how to stitch it togeather. So before you glue/stitch/finish any parts together you have to carefully think about it. For example, the zipper in this bag has to be stitched in the top part of the bag before I stitch it to the rest of the bag. But even before that you also have to think about finishing the edges of the edges which enclose the zipper. So a short process plan might be handy:
- Cut all parts
- Determine the order of stitching (this might need some imagination and insight)
- Finish the later unreachable edges for a clean look
- Make it as easy for yourself as possible and check your order of stitching again
- Mark any stitching holes or even perforate the leather already if necessary
- Stitch it all together
- Finish your bag and enjoy!
Add a shoulder strap
In the mini-series about ‘how to handle‘ we have discussed many types of handles. In this case, I wanted to make it a ‘cross-body’. If you forgot the different types of bag, check out my big bag dictionary over here (which is so big it needed two parts!!). With a cross body bag you can use for example the folded strap technique but in this case, I have used a single flat strap with buckle. How to attach such buckle will I explain in a future DIY project of making your own belt!
Finish and details
I wanted a simple clean looking bag and therefore not too many details. But since I have a new tool, the edge creaser, I just could wait to use it on this perfect festival bag. Since my last post about the beginner’s tools (all the tools I had at the time…) I have extended my collection with quite some tools. So the next post about tools is on the make.
So much to tell you all but first I have to continue with this bag and of course I will show off the end results soon… Stay tuned and for everyone in the Netherlands, I wish you all a lovely Kingsday this Thursday. For everyone else, a new post will appear course this Thursday, while I am partying ;).