Tuesday 7 February 2012

Bee happy ... make a leather bag

Remember this?

I have now finished my pink leather bag :)

First I stitched up the lining with right sides facing each other.

When I had stitched around the 2 sides and bottom I then pinched the corners out and stitched across here so my bag has a base.

I wanted a clip inside my bag to hold keys so I used a piece of leather stitched in half and tucked it through the clip.

I made my leather outers the same as the lining by stitching right sides together and then stitching the bottom corners across.

I then turned the leather the right way around and sat the lining inside.

Next I turned the leather over on itself so it sat over the top edge of the lining.

As I stitched this around I tucked my leather key holder under the edge of the leather for the stitching to hold it in place.

I also made a tassel charm with left over leather and some hearts attached.

My finished bag.

As you can see the handles are just a piece of leather that I stitched in half.  Then I measured in 10cm from each side and stitched this in half again.

This will hopefully make the handles more comfy to hold.

I then put the handles on the inside of the bag and stitched in place measuring 5cm in from the side seams to make sure they were in the same place on both sides.

On the whole I am really pleased with how this turned out except in some places the leather slipped slightly when sewing, any suggestions as to how to stop this in future anyone?

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!


  1. Oh wow - gorgeous bag! I would love to be able to create something like that, you are so talented! The colour is lovely and I really like your tassel too - well done! x

  2. I'm impressed, I thought sewing with leather would be a lot harder, this is just beautiful.

  3. you're very creative! i love the bag and the color :)
    take care.. xoxo, Haus of Gala

  4. I now have a very bad case of craft envy :D

  5. So pretty! I'm so awed by your creativity! i love the color and i love the bag sooo much! i dont know yet how to sew, but i hope someday i can make a bag like yours! do you use any particular type of stitching in the sewing maching or just a normal running stitch? i'm still confused sometimes on how to select the stitches on my machine and the tension thing hehe, as for the leather, do you use other type or heavier threads or normal sewing thread? but anyways, i love the result, Bee! and i love the lining and the cute tassel too!

    xx susan

  6. you have done a wonderful job making your bag...love the addition of the little key clip and the tassel charm too...completely custom made..
    I haven't ever sewn leather so I have no tips to avoid slipping..always wanted to have a try though!
    Have a lovely week,
    Susan x

  7. I think you're pretty brave to even attempt a leather bag! And it came out great!! Good job, Bee!!! :-)

  8. Its wonderful, well done you. I use leather machine needles for sewing my mohair, it really helps.

  9. Wow - fantastic! Love it, such a soft shade of pink.
    Well done.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  10. Wow that looks amazing love the linning. You did a great job i wouldn't attempt leather as it is slippery and tough fabric to sew im sure. But well done its great ;-) dee x

  11. Really nice! I love the simple style and I love the lining!

    I hope you enjoy using it.

  12. Nice result!!!and what a clever idea,a clip inside for your keys.X

  13. Being a pink girl I think it is perfect! great job I have not made anything from leather before so not much help.

  14. WOW! That is just amazing! :0)

  15. I'm very impressed (although personally I would never use leather) it's a beautiful bag and you it must have taken lots of work! xx

  16. wow- this is an amazingly impressive bag!!!!
    so beautiful- nice work!!

  17. Hello - how good to 'meet' you through my giveaway! Thanks for popping over and entering. You have a lovely blog here - what a nice theme you've chosen. I'm going to browse a bit more now I'm here!

  18. Fantastic bag! Well done, you are so clever!!!

    K xx

  19. I love your bag. It's so beautyful.
    And the colour is just right!
    love annette

  20. Oh I like it...Pink is ~the~ color! Great Job! Hope you have a great evening! Luv

  21. Wow lovely bag - where did you get the lovely leather? I have heard Bulldog clips are good for keeping leather together when sewing (in place of pins)
    Take Care

  22. Wow!! That is really a pretty bag!
    Well done. :)

  23. Wow! You're so so clever! It's really professional looking. How much would you say it cost you?

    1. I would say it has cost about £20 in materials and then about 2 hours in time to make it.

      Bee happy x


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