The contest is officially over and we’ve got a winner for the very first DIY KIT!! SANDRA, congratulations I will contact you soon. But for now, it’s time to continue with the current projects. Right, now I am still working on the ladies bag, a perfect example of a technique applied. In the miniseries ‘How to handle’ we’ve discussed multiple types of handles (they are here if you want to go back to the basics! PART I, PART II, PART III). One type was the ’round’ or ‘rolled handles’, the perfect handle for this bag!
Drawing vs. Real life
Often you see only drawings of the techniques but often not as clear as images. Therefore I wanted to share with you how it looks like in ‘real life’. The technique is quite straightforward but nevertheless an amazing technique to reinforce a handle and get a nice ‘touch/feeling’ of the handle.
The first step you will take is to measure the leather you will need to cover the cotton cord. This doesn’t stretch as much as leather might do and therefore will keep its shape. To secure the cord you can either glue it in or even stitch in. Though in this case glue will be enough.
Depending on which tools you use, all described in the post about tools you can either just mark the stitching holes or already punch them with a stitching iron. I choose the latter, but you have to be careful since all the holes should line up! So count, count and count again whenever I forgot how many I already counted. And believe me, I am talented at losing count…
Finishing of the rolled handles
Whenever you’ve lined up all the stitching hole all that’s left is the actual stitching. I chose to also apply a newly gained technique, edge painting (part I, part II, part III). But this photo is taken in between one of the many layers. I will keep the end result of the rolled handles for the last ‘making of the ladies bag’. So check out the previous ‘making of posts’, here & here and stay tuned for much more leather craft posts and projects!!