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Leather Purse

Added Jan 2, 2010

by stephiaffi

Vienna, Austria






I made this leather purse for my mum this Christmas. The purse is based on the Diana pattern, which I cut a bit smaller to make it more purse-like. The leather is recycled from an old leather coat, which used to belong to my roommate.

It was very diffcult to work with leather and a lot of it had to be hand-stitched because my sewing machine couldn’t cope with several layers of leather. The lining is pinkish-red and inside there is a pocket with a zipper and a cell phone pouch and a pen holder. The pen holder is fashioned out of an original bound buttonhole taken from the coat and the cell phone pouch is also in leather and was originally a side pocket of the coat. The purse also has a zipper and magnetic buttons so that the flap closes. I wanted the strap to be adjustable so I attached a belt buckle.

You can read more about this project on my blog.

Material Notes

recycled leather, lining material




Garment Type

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    Jan 3, 2010, 07.18 PMby suzijewels

    I’m facinated by this project. I too have aklways wanted to sew a leather purse. Was the top stiching done on the machine or by hand? Do we have to get a commercialmachine to sew leather?

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    Jan 3, 2010, 06.31 AMby cosoco

    Great project! I want to try something similar but I’m also worried about sewing leather on my machine.

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