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Leather squarish bag

Added Feb 16, 2012

by joost52

Brussels, Belgium






This bag finds its origins in my desire to try out two things. One is leather working. Since I’m at least intending to branch of into shoe making, I can use some practice.
The other is the services of http://www.formulor.de/, the Germany-based branch of http://ponoko.com/ Formulor, as Ponoko, is a 3D printing and laser cutting service where you can upload your own designs and have them manufactured. They typically laser-cut wood, plastics and that kind of stuff, but they have leather too.
This leather is thick (3.5mm) and stiff, and the maximum measurements are rather limited. So that puts a bunch of constraints on the design and I settled for a very simple and squarish look. I’m glad I didn’t make it more complex, because even like this, hand-sewing this puppy was no walk in the park.

Link to more pictures: http://sartorialdiy.com/post/17724364690/lets-give-leather-a-go-squarish-bag

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Garment Type

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    Apr 29, 2012, 10.13 PMby buddingnaturalist

    Nice! I didn’t know they did leather. I have a friend that does metal work there for jewellry..

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      May 1, 2012, 08.42 PMby joost52

      The owner told me they might start doing a lighter type of leather soon (this one is rather sturdy) so that might make other stuff possible.
      They also do felt, that could also be interesting :)

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    Feb 19, 2012, 11.16 AMby so-sew-me

    that is one perfect work-bag! i’d imagine people would be willing to pay considerable amounts for something so elegant and smart. (myself being among these people, of course)

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      Feb 20, 2012, 09.45 AMby joost52

      Thank you, it’s nice to know you’d be willing to spend your hard-earned cash on my work :)
      I’ve already given it away though, so I can’t sell it if I wanted to ;)
      If you want, I’ll tell you how to make your own, it’s easy.

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    Feb 18, 2012, 02.08 PMby G-A-

    I really like the simple design, did you think of lining it though? I think it would add to it, but it’s great as it is.

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      Feb 20, 2012, 09.30 AMby joost52

      This is my first try with leather. Give me some time, I’ll get around to lining at some stage ;)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 07.42 PMby Bartas DubLinski

    Look so sophisticated! I love leather! Your designe is simple but modern and universal! Well done!

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      Feb 20, 2012, 09.29 AMby joost52

      Thanks man, I appreciate it :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 11.50 AMby Jeyco

    I’m really impressed by your various talents. underwear, dress form, clothes, and the leather bag!! did you brand your name on the face with an iron? if so thats cool!! you are just amazing!

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      Feb 17, 2012, 12.05 PMby joost52

      Oh Jeyco, you make me blush for it’s you who is amazing. The logo is burned in with a laser. You can design the laser plan and have them cut and burn it for you. It looks great :) (well, the laserwork at least)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 11.13 AMby Hedieh

    very simple and stylish also practical !

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      Feb 17, 2012, 12.03 PMby joost52

      Thanks girl :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 10.12 AMby antony chauvin

    j’aime beaucoup, c’est trés chic!! cette forme carrée est trés sympa, çà me donne des idées!!

    I like very much, it is very chic!! This square shape is very nice, it gives me ideas!!

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      Feb 17, 2012, 10.30 AMby joost52

      Merci Antony, le traduction n’était même pas nécessaire ;)

      Thanks Antony, I appreciate it

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      Feb 17, 2012, 02.16 PMby antony chauvin

      en fait une fois j’ai fait un commentaire en français le mec il a rien compris, alors maintenant je fais les traductions avec un site, en anglais ,comme çà tout le monde peut comprendre!
      c’est pas simple un site international comme Burdasyle, mais c’est ce qui fait son charme et son interet!!

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      Feb 17, 2012, 02.57 PMby joost52

      Cést bien de traduire, comme ca en comprends les autres. Si moi je parle en Flamand, ca sera un probleme non? ;)

      So thanks for using English :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 08.17 AMby zaarissima

    leather, 3,5 mm, hand-sewn and a perfect logo – this is great!!! a wondeful idea, brilliant worked! (how have you protected your fingertips?)

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      Feb 17, 2012, 10.31 AMby joost52

      I didn’t, that’s why I hurt myself so often ;)
      I used plyers to grip the needle and push it through, but I often hurt my finger as the needle shot through and hit my other hand on the other side of the leather.

      What can I say, I’m an idiot :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 06.39 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    dear joost! who needs gucci or prada anymore, when we can have a real “joost-bag” (i hope you understand, that from now on, we will not only know the “kelly bag” but also the joost-bag!)

    i love it and would wear it instantly with my tweed outfits. it is a great bag and well made and the logo gives it the extra kick! GREAT!!!

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      Feb 17, 2012, 07.48 AMby joost52

      Thanks Ralf, I bet it looks really good on one of your tweed outfits. I’ll have to try and get as good as you so I can make one :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 02.50 AMby urbandon

    Very cool! Love the square design. Love that it’s hand sewn. Love the logo.

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      Feb 17, 2012, 07.47 AMby joost52

      Thanks Don, I had the logo lasered in, since I was getting the leather from the laser farm anyway :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 12.22 AMby patti-r

    Totally Awesome Craftsmenship!!!

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      Feb 17, 2012, 07.46 AMby joost52

      Thanks, it’s a first try and I have a lot to learn, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

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    Feb 16, 2012, 10.47 PMby MaycieAfterFive

    This is my kind of bag. I love this design! Great job.

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      Feb 17, 2012, 07.46 AMby joost52

      Hey thanks, it’s my kind of bag too ;)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 10.12 PMby janene

    So very stylish! I can’t believe you sewed this by hand. Hats off to you! I watched my boyf sew buttons on his leather coat and the language coming out of him was scary! I have to say though, it looks well worth the pain! :-)

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      Feb 17, 2012, 07.45 AMby joost52

      Thank you for your nice comments. And don’t give up on your boyfriend just yet, sewing on buttons is not very satisfying ;)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 09.51 PMby joost52

    Thanks man :) I jammed so many needles in my fingers sewing this, but I’m pleased with the results, and even more with how much I learned ;)

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      Feb 22, 2012, 09.55 AMby RoniBarr

      I’ve only worked with leather once, but THIMBLES ROCK! (and save fingertips!)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 09.46 PMby martinK

    I am impressed!!! wonderful work and your logo looks perfect! Louis Viton ( ?) will be jalours.

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      Feb 16, 2012, 09.51 PMby joost52

      oops, I posted my reply to you as a new comment it seems. Well, you get the point ;)

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