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This has been my go-to purse this summer. It’s made of genuine leather from my local Tandy store. I bought a half hide and I still have plenty left over. I based it loosely on the fringed purse from the December 2012 burda Magazine. I enlarged the top band so I could use some metal conchas for decoration. The center one conceals a magnetic snap. The conchas are recycled from an old belt and are attached with thin suede strips. I made the shoulder straps long and wide and riveted them on so they could handle the stress of everyday use. I made the fringes longer and overlapped them more because I though it looked more authentically hippy. Or I didn’t measure correctly. Or it has something to do with changing the top part so I could add a band for decorating. I can’t remember. It’s lined with dark brown satin and I added a cell phone pocket inside and a small zippered pocket for keys and stuff. Because I used 8 ounce leather it was difficult to sew. I ended up sewing it using a 110 leather needle on my Singer 20U industrial machine. I couldn’t sew the leather on my regular domestic machine even with a heavy leather needle. The 20U had no trouble. Next time I will use the 4 ounce leather: -it’s lighter weight, thinner, it can be interfaced so it’s sturdier but still will be much easier to sew.

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