Monday, May 18, 2009


About 5 years ago, when I would just splurge on things recklessly, I bought 2 buckskins and made a very ugly dress out of them. Last week I decided to reuse the leather and try making a little bag. I just made up the pattern; I drew it on paper first. It was pretty easy, I even used my sewing machine.

The only drawbacks were some skipped stiches, the thickness of the leather, and it shifting too much under the machine. I used some green linen scraps to line it with. Overall, it turned out nicely, but I don't think I'll use it except at Renaissance Fest or maybe Missouri Town. It's a little too small for an everyday purse.

Does anyone know of a good purse pattern? I am thoroughly sick of my current purse--I've had it since I was 13. So it's time to move on. I've looked for a new one, but the ones I like are out of my price range (over $100). I'd love to make one if I had a good pattern to use--I don't trust myself to make up the pattern.
Have you ever made your own purse? How did it turn out?


Grace =) said...

Ooh! Very cute! I've tried to make my own purses and while I've used them I don't think they turn out the greatest. I like making them though. :)

Christy said...

Yes, I enjoy making them too--purses are way easier than dresses!

craftivore said...

Your purse is gorgeous! Try buying a teflon or roller foot for your sewing machine if you do more leather, it should fix the skipped stitches.