Added Jan 2, 2010
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.
recycled leather, lining material
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