How to make a handbag : Leopard Bucket / Sling Bag
Here is the making of my sling/bucket bag in a veg tan leather with leopard print. I’ve made some internal changes to this bag. I have added reinforcement to the bottom and sides (using a bonded leather material called Salpa) and I have added some hardware - brass feet - to the bottom on the exterior.
Here I have my bag body pieces cut out and the edges have been skived.
Above : leopard print leather pieces.
Below: edges skived.
At this point it is best to glue down the reinforcements. After that I can begin sewing the body together.
Here are my salpa pieces and then all pieces after gluing.
After the glue has dried I can attach my feet to the bottom. I like to cover the brass feet with painters or masking tape to keep them from getting scratched.
Here is also a good point to add my side pocket bag and zipper before it becomes too cumbersome with the sewing machine arm.
Now that all my pieces are ready, I can now start sewing them together. I love this part as now I can get the almost instant gratification of seeing the shape of the final piece.
After sewing the leather pieces together I need to complete the lining. I cut and sew the internal main lining compartment and its pocket and get my main bag zipper ready to join the leather and the lining.
After the zipper is installed and the pieces are joined I can sew in my buckle, attach the strap ends, turn the bag right side out, stitch up the lining opening (where I was able to turn bag right side out) and the bag is done.
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