Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Custom Handbag = Happy Customer

I love when customers send in their own pictures! These are some great shots of a custom handbag I made last month. This bag was ordered as birthday gift, I love the pretty box she found to house it in. Such a great gift!! Christmas is not too far away, if you are thinking of a unique gift for the person who has just about everything, a custom order may just work. Email me!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

I Got Love For the Little Things

 Love makes everything better, even if it's love for a super soft leather pouch. I love little pouches, little note books, little cakes, I don't what it is but I can't refuse a miniature version of anything. So this CHA CHA LOVES LOVE POUCH/CLUTCH had my name written all over it. This clutch/make up bag/pencil case is made of the same repurposed leather from the bucket bag in the last post.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Before & After- The Perfect Bucket Bag is 5 Steps

This morning I started with an XL Men's winter jacket. The leather was in good shape, but the pockets where shredded & the style was a little 1996. With a little work I was able to give it a whole new life.

Step 1: Find some leather or fabric you like. Make sure it is strong enough to be a handbag, not all leather makes for a strong handbag.

Step 2: Take apart the original garment. Keep in mind what sections you would like to use for your bag, you want to try and have as much usable leather as possible.

Step 3: Chose a style of bag you would like to make and draft a pattern ( I will get into this another day) and cut away. Again, being thoughtful of how you lay it out. You probably wont use the bent elbow section of the jacket for the front piece of your bag.

Step 4: Once I have cut the pieces I always reinforce the stitching. The leather may be good, but they thread could be old.

Step 5: Now start stitching everything together. A great way to use the whole jacket is to save the lining of the coat and use it for lining of the handbag. If you do this you truly will not be wasting a scrap.

The Perfect Bucket Bag is now available RIGHT HERE in the shop.

Today's Challenge- Turn Something Old into Something New

By the end of the day this jacket will be something beautiful. And to help, I stopped by the library to pickup some entertainment. Stay tuned.....

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Custom Handbag- Leather Swatches

"NEW" USED LEATHER JUST IN! Greens, blacks, browns, some blue suede and a few unusual leathers. All of the leather would make great clutches, some of them could make really nice totes.
Email me if you are interested in a custom bag.
Happy Long Weekend!!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Sometimes Simple is Best

CRACKED EARTH CLUTCH- This slouchy clutch is simple and to the point. The body is lined with Salty Olive reclaimed leather, but the flap is left unlined because it just seems to fall into place all on its own.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Would you like to design a handbag?

If you could design your own handbag, what would it look like?
I am working on a few custom orders this week. I love these projects, it's fun making someones dream handbag. Above is a sketch of handbag I hope to be working on soon. Next is a custom order I made last year. The leather for that one was salvaged from a really cool old couch. I think that travel bag will last forever.

If you are interested in a custom handbag email me, we will talk.