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Blue Suede Purse

Added Jan 13, 2016

by lincatz

Kitchener, Canada

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Description

Back in the 80’s I had a blue purse that I adored. It was small but had plenty of compartments and pouches for all my stuff. I used the purse for a long time and needless to say it gradually fell apart. While cleaning a closet I came upon this old purse and decided to take it apart and use the pieces to make a pattern for a new purse. I ended up with 30 pattern pieces -outer purse, linings, inner pouches, and much more. I used a half hide in a denim blue from Tandy Leather and some fine brown leather recycled from another old worn out purse. I had a blank metal ornament for the front -the kind that have cabochons glued into them. I used some crystal clay, polished stone beads and small swarovski crystal chatons for the ornament. I sewed it all up on my Singer 20U industrial machine using a 120 leather needle -larger than most home machines can take. It was still a challenge in some bulkier places. The purse has two large inside compartments, a zippered pouch between the compartments, a pocket inside the one compartment, a zipper pouch and a pocket in the other, and the outer part of the bag has yet another compartment and pockets sized for business cards. All in a purse that’s 9 by 6 by 3 1/2 inches. It has an adjustable strap that’s long enough to wear cross body style. This purse was very challenging and very time consuming. In spite of the notes I made while taking the purse apart I still had troubles making the new one and had to improvise some construction steps. And even though I used an industrial machine some areas were so bulky I had to “walk” the needle using the hand wheel AFTER pre-punching a few stitch holes with an awl. While I love this bag it’s not a project I will repeat due to the time and frustration level of making it.

Material Notes

textured 4 ounce leather in dark wash denim blue
scraps of fine cabretta in brown
metal purse ornament
black polyester satin lining
several weights of interfacing

Difficulty

Expert

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Accessories

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    Jan 14, 2016, 06.21 AMby Mary Athey

    You did a great job on this and it’s well worth all your effort x

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