Finally! It felt like ages but I am back to business on the work tote. I ran out of thread just before my trip to Boston and the shipment of the thread seemed to be lost. A new order of thread finally came in, exactly on the day I arrived in the United States of America… Oh well, it took some time, but luckily of me, the buyer is still so excited that she could wait for the time being. But now that I’m back I couldn’t wait to continue on this amazing looking work tote!
Where did we leave off
The previous steps were creating the pattern according to the customers’ wishes, zipping it all up, adding the rivets and personalizing the bag. If you’ve missed these steps they are right in this post. Now it is time to continue with the next few parts.
Straps are often undervalued. They are such an important part of the bag. I even wrote a whole series about it. But think about it, if the straps are too long, too short, too sharp or too thick it will cause discomfort and makes sure you won’t use the bag often. Since it is a work tote the bag should be able to carry a big laptop, some lunch, and a water bottle. Therefore I choose for a double completely stitched strap. It takes some time to stitch about 4 meters (2x about 1 meter one side,2 x about 1 for the other side ) but it will definitely be worth it!
Adding your own Logo
Before you send any product to the customer you should make sure your logo is on it! No gold or silver stamping this time, just an old fashion heat stamp. Just like the monogramming inside the pockets I’ve used the Kingsley Stamping Machine with my own brass Logo.
Order, structure and texture
With every new design, I have to think real hard to determine the order of assembling. First, the zipper and the straps on both sides, that was the easy decision. But now the hard steps will come…Once you are assembling the bag you start to see everything you’ve imagined. The lines on the side gussets are very pronounced but also give the bag some structure. This time I did not use any bag stiffening due to the minimalistic design. The texture of this leather is really extraordinary. The grain of the leather is beautiful and has a sort of velvet coloring effect when you stroke the leather. I am sure a bag like this will get more and more beautiful over the years, but first I have to finish it.
Shall I first get the bottom closed, should I close the sides, or should I start with the zipper on the other side of this bag? What do you think? And are you as much excited to see the final result of the work tote as customer and me?! Stay tuned for much more leather craft and the next part of this lovely work tote bag.