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IT’S HEAVENLY! Designers have discovered outer space and we are also reaching for the stars – and for a striking moon-shaped bag.

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This leather moon bag with a stiched-on eye will swing at a party but it also shines during the day and draws admiring glances.


Both futuristic and classic – the sun, moon, and stars were found on dresses, coats, and accessories in the latest runway shows!


To make your own, here is what you’ll need…

+ Metallic leather
+ Scrap of black leather
+ Leather glue
+ Magnet fastener
+ Snap hook
+ Screw-on attachment rings
+ Decovil & bondaweb (both adhesive)
+ Cotton fabric
+ Sewing thread
+ Clips
+ Chain
+ Pliers
+ Hole punch
+ Scissors
+ Straight pins
+ Pencil
+ Screw driver
+ Pattern pieces (download here for free)

Step 1

Eye: Iron Decovil to wrong side of black leather, then iron Bondaweb onto Decovil. Moon: Cut front and back pieces from metallic leather. Iron Decovil to wrong sides of both.

Step 2

Trace the eye pattern onto the Bondaweb side of the black leather and cut out.

Step 3

Peel paper backing off the Bondaweb. Place eye on moon front piece and iron in place, using a pressing cloth or a piece of baking paper, since the leather is very heat-sensitive

Step 4

Machine stitch the eye in place

Step 5

Cut both inner bag facing pieces from leather and iron Decovil to wrong sides of both (Decovil with no seam allowance on lower edges). Mark fastener position.

Step 6

Cut small slits on both sides of marked fastener position and attach magnetic fastener.

Step 7

Lining: From cotton fabric, cut 2 lining pieces. Stitch these to leather facing pieces, right sides together. Press allowances toward fabric and understitch in place.

Step 8

Iron Bondaweb to wrong side of each lining/facing unit. Then iron these units to wrong sides of front and back pieces of leather.

Step 9

Topstitch front and back individually close to opening edge (approx. 7 cm/23/4" from outer edges), as marked.

Step 10

Loops: Cut 2 leather strips (1.1 cm x 7 cm/ a scant 1/2″ × 23/4"). Punch a hole in the centre of each.

Step 11

On each strip, attach a screw-on attachment ring, with the help of a screw driver.

Step 12

Fold each strip in half and glue ends together, with leather glue, to form loops.

Step 13

Lay loops between front and back, on both sides, and hold in place with clips. Edgestitch front and back together, approx. 2 mm (a scant 1/8") from outer edges. Attention! Don’t leave clips on leather too long because the impressions remain visible!

Step 14

Finally, attach snap hooks to chain, with the help of pliers, then attach hooks to rings.



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Star Blouse

Pair with a starry shirt like our Sheer Blouse for a super star look!


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    Dec 18, 2017, 11.02 PMby Kirstin Bozyk

    Tried making this with faux leather and Pellon Peltex for stabilization. The edges left raw looks unattractive. Trying to come up with a solution since I couldn’t find genuine “metallic leather” anywhere. Suggestions, anyone?

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      Feb 26, 2018, 08.26 PMby Elfie Taylor

      It’s months after the fact, but: can you sandwich a short white trim to the outer curve and overcast the inner curve with complementary or close to matching decorative thread? You’re not going to get the clean leather edge, but you can gently distract the eye from the imperfections.

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