Time to continue with this oh-so-trendy project; the belt-bag! In the previous DIY you’ve learned how to make a simple crocodile embossed belt and to turn it into a belt-bag we will continue today with the second and last part, the bag! So much to do, let’s start quickly!
What do you need:
- A rectangle piece of leather (mine was 44 x 22 cm)
- Two leather gussets (rounded rectangle pieces with a little dart cut out)
- Leather Back loops (at least the hight of the belt + 0.5 cm on each side)
- Optional: two D-rings if you also want to carry your bag with a shoulder strap
- Optional: a magnet to close the bag, different closures are possible
- Pricking irons
- Waxed thread + (harness) needles
Step 1: Prick stitching holes in gussets
To know the number of stitching holes you need in the main body of the bag, you need to know the number of stitching holes in the gussets. Prick around the gussets and pay attention to the little darts (for a clear corner).
Step 2: Glue glue glue
The next step is to put glue on the gussets and the edges of the main body. Leathercraft glue can be applied on both sides, dry for about 5-10 min and then
Step 3: Attach back loops
Before you glue and sew the second gusset into place, attach the back loops. Trust me on this, you will need the room haha. Almost, made my day a lot harder. I’ve added a D-ring to create the option to also wear it with shoulder straps. Since I wrote this post of timeless or trendy bags, I try to add multiple handle/strap solutions in most of my designs.
Step 4: Sew the gussets
Next up, sewing the gussets. Whether you’ve sewed the first one already or none, it is time to give this bag some shape! How to sew leather together is explained in this post.
Step 5: Front flap + Optional closure
First I thought, I wanted a straight flap, but once the bag got into shape I decided to cut off the corners. Way better! To close the bag, I took a magnet and sewed a little piece of leather on the back of the flap to hide the magnet attachment.
Step 6: Finishing touch!
The last step as always is, to finish the bag. In this case, I chose for a black edge paint I used for the leather crocodile belt as well.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY of the belt-bag. If you do love the