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the couch that wanted to be a purse

Added Sep 26, 2010

by redredhoodie

Berlin, Germany






This is a bag inspired by a bag I saw at a retail store during my holiday in Austria. I really liked the idea of combining leather and upholstery fabric. I embroidered the fabric a while back for another project that I (thankfully) never realised. I used some recycled suede leather, the upholstery fabric, leftover lining, canvas as sew-in interfacing, golden hardware and snap fasteners as closure. It took me a while to get all the topstitching and so on done but I’m really pleased with the result. I’m especially proud of the leather piping and the construction. I just wish I would have been more carefull while cutting out the fabric so that the embroidery wouln’t be off centre but well, can’t change that anymore, can I?

More close-ups, pics of the original bag and infos can be found on my blog:

Material Notes

suede leather, upholstery fabric, polyester lining, canvas, grommets, buckles, snaps, a ton of crafts glue instead of pins to keep everything in place while sewing




Garment Type
Cotton, Leather/Fur, Polyester

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    Apr 17, 2011, 03.54 PMby mnavoy

    lovee this bag!

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    Sep 30, 2010, 12.53 PMby 20beverly08

    impressive work. I really love the roses embroidery. Totally hip bag!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 03.19 AMby horsegal305

    Cute bag

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    Sep 26, 2010, 02.58 PMby lunatepetal

    simply amazing! love everything about this bag. was it hard to work with suede/leather?? I’d love to try sewing with leather some time!

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      Sep 26, 2010, 03.33 PMby redredhoodie

      Well I think that depends on two factors: the leather and your machine, so not that much stuff to worry about, right? If it’s your first time, I would try on thin, stiff leather (like those with a croco-embossing), as it’s easier to get it through your machine and it won’t stretch that much (which I found to be difficult while sewing). Then you might consider getting a teflon-foot for your machine, as most tutorials recommend. I don’t own one so there’ always a lot of shoving and pulling involved. Also if it doesn’t affect the comfort while wearing or you try to make an accessory first, I would always glue the seam allowances together instead of pinning before sewing, it saves you from a lot of frustration and sore hands. If you have to do hand stitching, use pliers and a thimble- again preventing you from hurting yourself. I hope that helps and I’m happy that you like it. Good luck!

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