Finally, I can show you some new photos of the Market Basket bag 2.0. Nowadays, I am comfortable to work with leather, try some new techniques but working with the woven leather was quite daunting… How do I make sure it will stay in place and doesn’t loosen over time? This question will be answered and more, so keep on reading!
Where did we leave off…
In the first post of the making of, a lot of cutting, strap making, and thinking had to be done. What order do I assemble this bag? Well, before I actually made big decisions on the order, I had to make some piping for the bag bottom and attach this to the bottom. There were a lot of first times in this bag and there will be many more. But in this post, you can check out, how to add some piping yourself to your bags!
The next step was to cut the actual woven leather in 4 panels; two for each bag. Since it was all woven leather, I used this technique to secure the ends. Besides that, a double stitch can be seen at the bottom of the panels.
I wanted to secure the woven leather for eternity (if possible ;)). It is after all the Market Basket bag 2.0, so it should be able to carry a grocery or two! So a double stitching line would make sure, I pierced the leather in the middle of the woven straps as well as in between. The only disadvantage… 4 panels with double stitching it is quite a lot to stitch hahaha.
I was not sure if I was ready for a contrasting thread. Since the leather was quite dark that would mean, a light thread. That would also insinuate that every stitch is clearly visible. To encourage myself and improve my stitching with every stitch I make (since they are all done by hand and not by machine) I did choose for a light thread. Just as in this post, where I practiced on a little trial piece, I chose for creme.
The second choice I had to make this early in the process, was the colors and finishes of the edges. Eventually, I went with a tan leather dye with a natural beeswax finish. This darkened the edges a bit, and matches the woven leather perfectly!
So dear readers, after the finish of the leather straps for the panels it was time to start on many many stitches. I will continue but with every next few steps on the Market Basket bag 2.0, you are the first to hear about it!