6 December 2013

I Made a Bag!


So I've made clothes, undiesshoes, and now a bag! Josie from The Fabric Godmother sent me one of their handbag making kits to try out, and I must say I'm mighty pleased with the result. It's beautiful leather, which comes in various colours - I picked navy. It was super simple to make - all the pieces are pre-cut so you just need to hand stitch it all together using the needle and thread included in the kit. It's the kind of thing that would make an ideal Christmas prezzie for a crafter... or anyone really, as it doesn't require much skill. In fact, it was so easy it felt like cheating! I'd love to take my bag making to the next level and try the Cooper pattern from Colette - have you tried it yet?


The simple design lends itself well to customisation - you could cut the flap into a pretty shape, add decorative holes, use a contrast colour thread... I really liked the simplicity of the shape and colour it comes in though so kept it as it is. The only thing I want to add is a magnetic clasp to keep the flap shut. I'm not sure how to attach it without having to cut a hole in the front flap though... Do you have any ideas how I could secure it shut without ruining the smoothness of the front?

Now I just need to make a brassiere, get on learning to knit, oh and finish that jacket, and I'll have a full handmade wardrobe. I'll draw the line at tights. (Do people make their own tights?)

PS. Don't forget to enter the fantasy shopping splurge giveaway!

[Soundtrack: 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' by James Brown]

58 comments:

  1. Nice, looks very professional!
    And yes, some people do make their own tights (not me though): http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/how-to-make-your-own-tights.html

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  2. ooh i am in love! I've made lots of bags in my crafting life - including a fluffy fluro pink one which i wore till it got all matted and dirty. 90s yay! But leather is one ill need to try. And yes! you can make tights. here is a pattern from 1965 http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/McCall%27s_7915 not sure how easy it would be to find it now

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  3. I was thinking you could glue the magnet to the underside of the cover and then glue a piece of felt over top of it. Then do the same on the inside of the bag - assuming the magnets are strong enough to 'reach' through the leather.

    But this isn't something I've tried before, just thinking about how bags I've had in the past were constructed.

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  4. Lovely bag! I think I might have to add one of these kits to my Christmas list.

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  5. I was also thinking glue could work! It's such a lovely bag, I hope it works. Good luck!

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  6. Oh, it's beautiful! I'll have to put it on my wishlist!
    There are actually people who make their own tights. Carolyn from Handmade by Carolyn does, I think she makes them kinda like leggings, but with feet, from knit fabric. They actually look really nice. :)

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  7. Cute bag! I actually found a vintage knitting pattern at my husband's grandparents' house for fishnet style tights.

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  8. Woooowzy I feel tempted! Since I came to the UK Fabric Godmother is one of my favourite online shops :) They rock!

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  9. I saw the kits and wasn't sure but your bag looks beautiful. I think this could a present to myself in the next couple of days :)

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  10. ooh this is lovely; great Christmas gift. Thanks for posting

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  11. I make my own tights, because I can never find them in the quality or colour that I want, so I just buy the fabric and get to work.

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  12. You could try adhering a magnetic clasp to a thin leather, then gluing the leather and clasp to the bag.

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  13. Wow, this is so cute! I really haven't been anxious to start in on bagmaking, but this sorely tempts me! Lovely!

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  14. If the glue doesn't't work and you have to cut a hole in the front you can always cover it with a cute embellishment!

    www.thejeannebean.com

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  15. Great bag! I love the simple design x

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  16. Oh, that's lovely, Tilly! Well done! You could use and industrial glue like E6000 to adhere the magnetic clasp to the bag. Just make sure to be outside when using E6000 - stinky fumes!

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  17. Oh I'd never even thought about making tights before. It confuses my head when I think about how to make socks, tbh. I love the idea of this kit - will keep it in mind for a crafty friend's bday present in the next few months!

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  18. How lovely! The minimalism is very nice. Btw, the Cooper bag is a great beginner bag pattern. I made up a version of it myself the other week: http://young-broke-and-fabulous.blogspot.com/2013/11/fo-adventure-cooper.html

    And yes, apparently people do make their own tights. Someone made a pair using Cake Patterns' Expresso leggings pattern during Steph's sewalong.

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  19. Hey lovely,

    You're a nifty stitcher. Looks fantastic doll.

    xxx

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  20. Maybe not tights but how about leggings? http://megannielsen.com/collections/all-products/products/virginia-leggings-sewing-pattern

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  21. This looks beautiful Tilly! I'm yet to get into bag making, but my Mum makes bags out of vintage kimonos and obi sashes. Obi is made out of very sturdy fabric, so they are perfect for bags!

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  22. Hi Tilly I have looked at these kits so many times and wanted to buy one but been afraid that my poor sewing skills would let me down. You have made a fabulous job of it, well done. I am seriously impressed and may put one on my Christmas list for Santa. Keeping my fingers crossed for the prize giveaway - have mentioned you on my blog so hopefully a few more visitors for you. Have a fabulous weekend Tilly, big hugs
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  23. wow - it is fabulous, this will be going on my Christmas wish list!

    not sure about tights but you could learn to knit socks - I couldn't knit at all and a sock was the second thing I knitted. If I can do it you can!

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  24. I wish I had a sewing machine that could handle leather. You can make amazing things with leather.

    Love,
    Breathe Me

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    1. You can if you go vintage, I have a Singer 306 & 201 and both are great at leather. Im better at leather machine sewing than anything else. Go for it.

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  25. I've also seen a tutorial on Handmade by Carolyn, on how to make your own tights pattern here: http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/how-to-make-your-own-tights.html

    I've always wanted to try it, but haven't managed to get the right material for the project yet. :)
    Your bag turned out lovely! Quite enviable!

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Sinter

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  26. Tilly this is gorgeous! I had no idea kits like this existed, such a fantastic idea for gift - you are so right!

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  27. I so want this bag!! It is so me, perfect colour. I must put it on my Santa list.

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  28. I saw these one Fabric Godmothers site! Hope I'm good enough this year for Father Christmas to send me one.

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  29. Oh that's beautiful! I love that the holes are all pre-punched and you can just hand stitch it all together. Brilliant!

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  30. Hi Tilly, first of all - your bag turned out great! One of the commenters said she would hide the magnet under a felt cover. I would propose something similar. You could cut a circle out of leather, with a bigger circumference than the magnetic snap and attach the snap to this circle and then glue the circle onto the flap. You would have to use a strong glue, in german it is called "Sekundenkleber", or industrial strength glue that comes in small, affordable quantities. You would attach the other part of the magnetic snap directly onto the bag, concealing it inside the bag with another piece of leather. Leather can be glued pretty effectively! The felt version sounds doable as well, but the magnets would have to be pretty strong. Hope that I could help - Steffi

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  31. Wow, this is very cool! It might be going on my Xmas wishlist!

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  32. That bag is gorgeous but like you I would want a closure. Leather glue does seem to be the answer. Carolyn from Handmade by Carolyn makes everything she wears (apart from shoes) including the most amazing lingerie and TIGHTS! You could check out her tutorial. I won't be making tights any time soon though. I'm still chipping away at the coalface trying to get a good fit on the basics!

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  33. What a beautiful bag! Apparently people do make their own tights - there was a pattern for them on old patterns . com! Bras are the next on my list - you can buy bra kits with all the necessary stuff in them. Cloth Habit has lots of info. and it's easy to understand. Here in Oz I've ordered kits and a pattern from an online store called 'Booby Traps' - love it!!

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  34. This is such an awesome bag, well done you!! xo

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  35. For all your leather needs and tutorials try Tandy Leather on line and their is shop in Northampton. My kind of sewing heaven.

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  36. If you can stand to cut into the bag body and flap a turn lock would look lovely – you can get some stylish ones at uhandbag.com. I work in leather and there's an amazing variety of leather and hardware around if you know where to look! Good luck to anyone who gives this a go – try and learn proper saddle stitch with two needles – it makes the stitching very strong – probably lots of info on the web, but I highly recommend Valerie Michael's book 'The Leatherworking Handbook' if you want to learn leatherworking techniques.

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  37. Tilly I just saw this and thought of you!!! Check out the giveaway!https://www.facebook.com/themakery?fref=ts

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  38. The bag is adorable! I think kit will go on my Christmas list now.

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  39. This is gorgeous! You should add hats to the list! I took a millinery course for just an evening and it was super fun (http://rosiewednesday.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-bit-of-hat-making.html).

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  40. I have this on my wish list...I do hope Santa is listening!

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  41. Thanks for drawing attention to this kit, what a gorgeous bag. Might have to go on my Xmas list. A red version would be nice.

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  43. Wooow, lovely!!! And I thought I made stuff. I'm just a tiny baby compared to you :)
    I took a look at some of your creations, and I might come for advices some of these days :)

    Zoia,
    http://modevieetpassions.wordpress.com/

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  44. Love the bag! On your knitting quest, have you tried Wool and the Gang? They do really cute knitting kits that would also suit the novice knitter....

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  45. Neat bag! Yes people are making their own tights. They're hacking Sewing Cake's Expresso leggings pattern. It's fabulous.

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  46. It is really looking so nice. This post have a different and informative detail.

    Thanks for posting...
    Leather Bag

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  47. This is so cool!! I love the color and style.

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  48. This is such a beautiful bag - you're so talented. It's inspiring me to get sewing again! X
    http://zoflo.blogspot.co.uk/

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