8-Piece Leather Bag – Selfish Sewing


If I’m honest, I sought out a heavy duty sewing machine just to work on these leather pieces. Insane? When I saw these handsome leather swatches, my thrift-shopping / “Brocki” mates nudged me to go on and buy them; I could make phone cases with them, one said. No, I want a leather bag…

This would have been my first time sewing leather, and believe me, sewing thick leather is not for the ignorant (me). There were a few learning curves; after each sewing stage, I’d take a break. Maybe it was also because I had no idea of the type of bag I wanted, so this bag turned out to be a long work-in-progress that began on May 7th 2013.

June 3rd was the final day — the day I decided it was going to be a bag à la Juanita Tortilla style.

Overall, I am feeling “mission accomplished”, but doubtful if I will tackle leather again. But well done, my little sewing machine! And we didn’t use special needles for this task, breaking only 1.

Author: juanitatortilla

I make bags and accessories out of unloved things for eco-conscious people.

10 thoughts on “8-Piece Leather Bag – Selfish Sewing”

  1. Well done! I like how you made the strap with parts of the leather that had holes. :D Truly a unique creation! Have you used it already?

  2. Amazing! -wanna make me a stained glass lamp shade…? ;) I'd wager that what you could produce would be better than what I just found at the Brocki.

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