I’ve got a new assignment… clear up the pile of leather hides I have collected over quite some time. Well, even though I am not kidding about the pile, I actually got a new assignment for a new bag! Before I suggested to go to the leather store and buy new hides (I WOULD LOVE TO GO) I thought by myself… why not look first in my own little storage of leather hides. I had complete freedom in the design so why not use this amazing piece of woven leather I’ve had for quite some time in a renewed version of the market basket bag.
To many bag ideas, too little time
Whenever I go leather shopping I seem to get in my mind that a day has more than 24 hours in it… I’ve just got too many ideas for bags and too little time. But this time it was worth the wait. I can make someone happy and work with beautiful materials at the same time. Nevertheless, I will also try something new… make two of the same bags at the same time (one for here, and one for me haha). Let’s see if it works faster compared to the green/brown travel bag.
My inspiration for this bag is the all-time classic market basket bag. I’ve done a DIY last year while it became a big summer trend but it just doesn’t go. This summer there are still so many classic basket bags, round basket bags and well you name it, on the streets! The look I want to pursue is to give the market basket bag a more sophisticated update and make it a 100% leather.
Since the intended use of the market basket bag is to use it for grocery shopping on the market, its design is quite large. This could be the feature you’re after in a bag but in this case, I wanted a little bit smaller; the little sister of the market basket bag. To see how large the bag should be I often always make a paper design as I’ve described in a previous post. It might seem hard to create a 3-dimensional bag from nothing, but just get crafty and see how it works out. Too big, too small, no problem, you can just stick some extra paper to it or cut some off.
You’ve seen already a little bit in my previous post on how to work with woven leather and maybe you’ve seen the first steps on Instagram but there is much more to come! I will keep track of all the steps I make on this amazing bag and share it ofcourse in a ‘Making off’- post series.