With the summer coming up, days in the sun mean the world to me. Luckily when you make your leather bags by hand you can work wherever you want. So while I am making the last finishing touches on the work tote in the sun, I wanted to give you all an update of the steps I made in the previous few weeks. It might seem as not that much but it did ask some brain wracking thinking and time. So it is time to continue on our making of series, part III already!
Work tote – Sides, bottom or zipper?
As you might remember from the last post, there were only a few parts left to sew together, 1 side, 1 side of the zipper and the bottom. I hear you thinking: well that takes about an hour, or maybe 2. Well… it does not. First of all, you have to think about the order of the assembling. Second, if you want to make a sturdy bottom, it requires a double layer. And if you are me… you choose the most impossible structure of a gusset, two sides coming together, making it all symmetric and pretty looking. Well, it took me a while to figure this all out and to make it work. With the bottom you will definitely give the bag its shape but so does the zipper. To know how far the side flaps should come together depends all on the shape of the bag (and the measurements of course). Since I could always open the zipper I thought let start with this!
Compared to the previous side of the zipper, there is not that much different. Although I did add a little pocket inside for her phone, or keys or all those other little things you might lose at the bottom of your bag. I am not the biggest fan of zippers since I am afraid it will become all wobbly once you’ve sewed it together. (Maybe I don’t use the proper techniques…. so please let me know if you know how to be sure this wouldn’t happen!). But this zipper did go well and makes the bag look very fancy and safe. All that was left was one side and the bottom…Just to be sure I would have enough space to stitch everything together I started with the bottom.
It might look simple and easy… but somehow every once in a while I can’t count from 1 – 30 anymore hahaha. I had to start over twice since I could not find the middle stitch apparently. In the end, I actually do love the result, don’t you? I chose to sew both the front and the back of the bag to the gussets and this created a sturdy structure. If in about 100 years one side would break down there is a second row which could hold the bag together.
Let’s check… zipper check, bottom check, sides and finishing touch… So the bag is truly nearly finished! I can’t wait for the reaction of the new owner of the bag. And ofcourse I will take some pictures to show you all the result. For now stay tuned and enjoy the sun!