Update on Leather Handbag Practice Project

My fingers are really sore from the hand sewing.  That was to be expected especially when using a thick material such as leather.  Despite the special three sided needle and poking holes with the awl like tool, it is still hard to shove the needle through and accurately make the needle point come out through the desired spot.  People who sew leather by hand and make it look like a machine did it are very talented and have a great deal of experience doing this.  I can imagine that some of you, who are experts, are laughing a bit at my stitches, but I take solace in the fact that I have never done this type of project before and it is starting to look like a purse.

I just hope that when it is done that it looks enough like a purse that I won’t be ashamed to use it.  Afterall, the leather was not cheap and I spent a great deal of time on it.

Some of the pictures will show that the process of putting something like this together is very important.  It is important to do certain parts before doing other parts such as the outside zipped pocket needed to be done before any of the side walls were attached to the purse.  Why?  Because installing the zipped pocket piece with the purse no longer being a flat piece of material would have been really difficult.  Hard to sew and hard to place correctly.  This is why store bought patterns to make clothes and other such items seem to be strange in their order of construction at times, but in reality they really have your best interests at heart when instructing you concerning the order of steps.

The following photos show my progress on this project.  Hopefully, I will have a set soon that shows the completion and perhaps my improved stitching as well.

 

Proper placement of the outside pocket was important or else it would look bad.

Proper placement of the outside pocket was important or else it would look bad.

 

Outside Zipped pocket in place.

Outside Zipped pocket in place.

Leather purse project  07 1000w

Sturdy interior fabric sew into pocket sections to help organize the interior of the purse.  One even has a zipped pocket for securing items.

Sturdy interior fabric sewn into pocket sections to help organize the interior of the purse.   One even has a zipped pocket for securing items.

 

Unfinished outside stitches but note the uneven nature of the stitches.  Very hard to get them neatly in a row like a machine would do.

Unfinished outside stitches but note the uneven nature of the stitches.   Very hard to get them neatly in a row like a machine would do.

It is starting to have purse like qualities.  I can see how things are starting to come together.  This is the fun part of the project - knowing that one is going in the right direction.

It is starting to have purse like qualities.   I can see how things are starting to come together.    This is the fun part of the project – knowing that one is going in the right direction.

G. Winkler © 2015

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Gretchen Winkler is a Writer, Artist, Radio Show Co-Host, Costume Designer, and ordered Knight. For the past 20 years she has authored several informational websites, started several technical companies, and has been an avid student of art, literature, history, technology.

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