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beige leather bag

Added Feb 12, 2011

by janul

Benesov, Czech R...






I made my first leather bag! I made it out of old leather pants my friend gave me. It took me a lot of time to make it, but it was so worth it (I think… let´s see how I will like it while wearing ;). I was inspired by reMade USA, mainly their Ashbury bag and rennes, mostly by this design. In the end I combined both designs :). I wanted to make really practical bag with sturdy metal zipper, adjustable strap, zippered pocket inside and short handles. I would probably like it to be bigger, but the amount of material was limited. My husband helped me with the rivets (I love them!). The colour is more adequate in the greener photos (it´s more green than gray). I love this bag :).

read more about it on my blog jan-ul

Material Notes

old leather pants, two metal zippers, rivets, metal buckles, cotton lining




Spring, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Leather/Fur

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    Jan 6, 2013, 06.07 AMby razieh khalili

    Bravo. Sewn so with elegance and precision

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.28 AMby kstyled

    GREAT BAG !!!

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    May 7, 2011, 10.33 PMby urbandon

    Great job. So many fine things about this bag. Excellent.

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      May 9, 2011, 08.54 PMby janul

      thanks! unfortunately. the zipper broke – I think it´s because it was kind of crooked due to the pants it was made from…

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    Feb 24, 2011, 05.58 PMby smallone

    Super nice job. ….and love that this is an upcycle!!!!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 05.44 PMby freaky-philomeen

    hi janul, this bag is extra cool! I adore your phantasy to see a bag hidden in trousers and go about the project. And the lining gives it a very noble look when opening…whow! the button is also sweeeet!

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      Feb 19, 2011, 08.09 PMby janul

      Thanks so much for your comment! I would love to be able to make similar badge (or more)…

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    Feb 14, 2011, 02.11 PMby radhiaw

    Very cool bag!

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    Feb 13, 2011, 04.34 PMby salvia

    It looks really professional. I am thinking about sewing a leather bag and yours inspires me a lot.

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    Feb 13, 2011, 12.41 PMby yolimba

    My dear, this is soo w o w! I take my hat off to you for sewing leather (I think undoing seams would be a problem, so every stitch has to fit). Stunning. Congratulations! :-)

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      Feb 13, 2011, 01.13 PMby janul

      Oh yeah, I´ve read that you have to be precise and that while sewing leather you can´t unpick a seam, but… I decided to be quite easygoing with that :). The holes are very small and almost invisible… I wasn´t unpicking much, but I did it somewhere and it´s ok :). It´s great that there is no grain direction and you don´t have to finish the edges.

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    Feb 13, 2011, 11.17 AMby zranitelna

    Nádhera… moc se mi líbí i podšívka a způsob přichycení malých uch na nošení v ruce. Podařená a praktická taška. Asi se taky inspiruju :) – mám spoustu kůže ze starýho gauče, je sice umělá, ale přítel už z ní tašku má. tak snad se na mě taky dostane…

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      Feb 13, 2011, 11.58 AMby janul

      Díky, tak to máte doma kožené království :). Když je materiál takhle zdarma, nemusí se člověk moc bát, že to zkazí…

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    Feb 12, 2011, 10.54 PMby jodieclark

    Wow, this looks great! I’ve got a leather jacket sitting around waiting to be turned into a bag but I’m still scared to try. Maybe I’ll give it a go seeing as yours turned out so well!

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      Feb 13, 2011, 07.56 AMby janul

      thank you, I have a jacket that I want to make a bag as well :). I´m afraid too, as jackets are thicker than pants, and I don´t know how will my machine go through the thick leather… But I guess we have to try to find out! :)

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    Feb 12, 2011, 08.55 PMby otrotamal

    this bag is incredible. and perfect!!

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      Feb 13, 2011, 11.56 AMby janul

      thanks :)

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    Feb 12, 2011, 05.09 PMby nikotina

    Looks fun and functional, enjoy it !

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      Feb 13, 2011, 11.57 AMby janul

      thank you :)

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    Feb 12, 2011, 01.16 PMby carottesauvage

    Amazing! Was it hard to sew leather?

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      Feb 12, 2011, 03.04 PMby janul

      thanks! It wasn´t hard at all, as this leather is quite soft. I have very simple machine and normal needle and it was mostly ok. The sides where the strap is attached are probably too thick to sew, so I used the rivets.

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    Feb 12, 2011, 11.20 AMby angelical

    Love it! the lining is a great contrast to the leather!

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      Feb 12, 2011, 11.52 AMby janul

      thank you, I love the lining fabric too :)

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