THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

January 13, 2008

Leather bag.

Filed under: Accessories,Bag,Closures,Els,Leather sewing,sewing — Els @ 12:14 pm


My store bought black leather bag was worn out so I made a copy because I still liked the design and the size. This was one of my first leather bags I made.

Sewing is done with a commercial sewing machine and regular sewing machine needles.

 The size of this bag is wide 13,5 inch ( 34,5 cm) height 12,5 inch ( 32 cm) bottom depth is 4 inch ( 10 cm) and the shoulder-strap is 45 inch long ( 112 cm)

I used a printed sturdy leather , several interfacings , lining leather to reinforce the bottom, leather glue , leather tape to reinforce the zipper opening, medical paper tape to secure the patterns on the leather while I did cut the leather with a Kai cutter. A hammer for flatten the seams.

Hansel leather interfacing which can be fused on a low temperature.

Front side zippered pocket.

The inside pockets, one welt pocket with a snap, one zippered pocket, pen holder, cell phone holder and key ring holder.

The dark green lining is interfaced to give it some more durability, because this lining is not a sturdy bag lining.

The bag closure is done by 2 bag snaps and a piece of Velcro which acts as a pickpockets alarm.

Back view

Bottom view.

 Added a bag stop at the inside center part of the shoulder bag so the strap stays on my shoulder .


  1. Nice Job!!

    Comment by martha Bilski — January 13, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  2. That’s a great looking bag!

    Comment by erica b. — January 13, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  3. Amazing, you did a fantastic job!

    Comment by Berry — January 13, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  4. I love the organizers on the inside – they rock!

    Comment by phyllisc — January 13, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  5. This is the type of bag I can use for everyday wear. It would hold all can hold all my stuff. I’ll try to draft a pattern from the dimensions you give. Wish me luck. I really like your back and it will work for me. I’m not a back person at all, but I would love to carry this. Would you mind if I copy this pattern for myself please. Thanks

    Comment by Sewlove — January 13, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  6. What a great bag – that leather is wonderful.

    Comment by christina — January 13, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  7. Great bag! I too love the built in inner organizer. Thanks for giving us a peek.

    Comment by georgene — January 13, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

  8. You really did an excellent job with that bag.

    Comment by Gina — January 14, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  9. The leather is wonderful, as is the well thought out interior organizer.

    Comment by summersetbanks — January 14, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  10. Wow, that’s absolutely amazing. And how beautiful the inside is too

    Comment by LauraLo — January 14, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  11. Love it! I especially like the closure. I would have never thought of your pickpocket alarm.

    Comment by Beth H — January 14, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

  12. Els, I love your bags and your posts are always a welth of information. This bag really has a few extra special details; I love the pickpockets alarm idea! Besides being beautiful, it’s quite a functional bag (I’m a big fan of large bags), with all the different storage options inside. Thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Tany — January 14, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  13. Els .- wonderful bag, inside and out. Congratulations. Sincerely, Paco

    Comment by Paco Peralta — January 15, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  14. Very nice bag! May I ask where you buy the leather interfacing?

    Comment by Jill — January 15, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  15. Thanks to all of you who commented on my bag post.
    Sewlove I don’t mind if your copy this bag for your self.
    Beth H I copied the closure too, and it sure does alarm pickpockets because of the sound which makes the Velcro if you want to open the bag.
    Jill The nonwoven leather interfacings I bought from my Dutch supplier ,

    The Hänsel Leather interfacings I bought from a Dutch supplier but you can inquire for a foreign supplier at the German company who manufacture these special canvasses

    Comment by Els — January 15, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  16. CRAZY!!! This bag is fabulous, so neat, perfectly executed. Love the colour and the closures too. Well done!

    Comment by Gemma — January 17, 2008 @ 9:28 am

  17. You did an absolutely beautiful job. I’m so impressed with the level of detail you gave to the interior, giving it a wonderfully finished look.

    Comment by Karen — January 17, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  18. I’m sharing this with EVERYbody I know!!!

    Comment by odumnobles — January 18, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  19. Oh my, that is a terrific bag, you are so clever!

    Comment by meg — January 18, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

  20. Great bag!

    Comment by Cennetta — January 18, 2008 @ 9:34 pm


    Comment by ROSA — January 19, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  22. 🙂

    Comment by ROSA — January 19, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

  23. NNNNNNNice!!

    Comment by Donna aka D.Styles — January 22, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  24. That is the most gorgeous bag i have ever seen – the leather looks beautiful and the inside pockets and organizers is perfect. I love the idea of the pick pocket alarm velcro – i will have to add that to my next bag. Thank you for the inside look!

    Comment by marietta — January 22, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

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  26. Lovely bag Els. The pick pocket alarmer is such a great idea :)and I love the inside organizer.

    Comment by Ann's Fashion Studio — February 10, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

  27. What a wonderful job you did. I love the material and the way you have pieced them. Did you make a template for another bag, for another day? Would love to try it also.

    Comment by judicreations — February 13, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  28. that bag was just great!
    Would love to make one myself can’t seem to find Hansel leather interfacing.
    Can you help please!
    Best Regards Lynn

    Comment by lynn — May 4, 2008 @ 3:52 am

  29. oh, that’s fabulous……I am in awe…..

    Comment by joyce — November 7, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  30. Great bag! I have a piece of leather and I will try to make a purse of it. I am looking everywhere for suppliers for interfacing and lining, but it is hard to find. WOuld you mind telling where to find the different materials you have used? Like Hansel leather interfacing and leather tape? Didi you use any apecial thread?
    Helen – Norway

    Comment by Helen Roskil — November 14, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  31. leather bags look really nice specially those natural leather bags, ;-~

    Comment by Gold Detector — November 16, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

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