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Red Crocodile and Black Leather Purse

Added Jan 11, 2012

by colerose76

Alexandria, Virg...






This bag was completed December 24, 2011. The fabric is black leather recycled from a damaged coat that I purchased at the thrift store, and a lovely imitation red crocodile vinyl that I purchased from Hancock Fabrics. The border is embroidered using "Amazing Embroidery Designs ‘Classical Monogram Font’”. The handbag pattern I used is “Butterrick pattern B5658”. The inside of the bag/purse includes a slot for a water bottle; credit card holders; a zippered pouch for a wallet and checkbook; slots for pens and pocket for a cell phone; big enough to be able to carry an iPAD The outside has deep pockets for keys and glasses. I used “Annie’s Soft and Stable” stabilizer for the interfacing which gives the bag that firm but pliable look and feel. There are 1/4" grommets in the handles, and magnets are used inside the leather closure. The feet underneath provide the complete finished look. You may see more of my bags on FACEBOOK on YRC Ladybug Inspirations.

Material Notes

metal grommets, , red crocodile pleather, cotton stripped lining, recycled black leather, bead chain, “Annie’s Soft and Stable” stabilizer. 1 9" zipper, red. I used heavy craft yarn as my filler for my piping.

I used Butterrick pattern #B5658 and altered the insides to accommodate all the things i wanted to carry.
You may go to face book and see other bags i’ve mad under YRC Ladybug Inspirations
the border embellishment is from Amazing Embroidery Designs, Classical Monogram Font on



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Corduroy, Leather/Fur, Other


Classical Monogram Font on Amazing Embroidery Designs

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    Jan 15, 2012, 01.09 AMby calicia-1

    This is absolutely beyond amazing! I love bags and am absolutely in love with this! Did you use a standard sewing machine with special foot to stitch the leather?

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      Jan 16, 2012, 04.40 AMby colerose76

      I have a sail bright sewing machine that only sews a straight stitch but it makes all the difference in the world and can go through 8 thicknesses of vinyl.

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    Jan 12, 2012, 06.51 PMby vintagegal

    Awesome! I am going to look for this pattern. I bought a beautiful leather skirt at Goodwill to use for a purse, and hadn’t gotten a pattern yet. Yours turned out just fantastic.

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    Jan 12, 2012, 04.36 AMby zoepopi

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Jan 11, 2012, 07.57 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Divine! Bet you get lots of compliments, espeically when they find out you made it! Fantastic work :)

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    Jan 11, 2012, 07.07 AMby Dohan

    Details make of this bag a marvel! Beautiful realisation. Les détails font de ce sac une merveille! Belle réalisation.

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