Here it is in the magazine spread. And if any of you are contemplating sewing with leather, definitely give it a try. There are some specific techniques you will need to learn, but once you know them, the actual sewing isn't hard. Not sewing-with-chiffon hard anyway.
My favorite tips:
- Use a walking foot (this worked better for me than a Teflon foot)
- Tie thread ends instead of back stitching at the beginning/ends of seams
- Long stitch length
- Glue is your friend!!
- Consider overlapping seams instead of sewing RST
|I'm still learning how to topstitch over uneven areas - tricky!|
I really want to highlight the gorgeous hardware on this bag as it didn't come out very well in the magazine shots. In full disclosure, I got this hardware for free since it would appear in a magazine article. But I plan to purchase some for my next version of this bag (mustard denim & burgundy leather, yeah baby). It's everything I like in bag hardware: beautiful finish, lots of size/shape options, and solid (nothing flimsy about these - they will outlive the bag and get used again, I'm sure!). You can find them at Buckleguy.com. Here's what I used:
|1.5" Antique Brass Double Loop Slider|
|1.5" Antique Brass Swivel Bolt Snap and 3/4" Antique Brass O-Ring|
The denim is from Indygo Junction's Crossroads Denim Collection. They have a whole bunch of delicious colors!
And it still makes me giddy to see my name in print!
I have a couple more completed leather bag projects that I can't reveal yet. Can you tell I'm now hooked on sewing with leather?
What about you? Have you ever cornered yourself into learning something new? And have you been bitten by the leather bug yet?