I just had a chat with my sister recently and she has been feeling a bit down so I thought I’d make her a lovely canary yellow bag to cheer her up. I’ve been meaning to make her something for a while now and at the same time, wanted to try making a leather bag in a softer leather to see how it would behave.
I decided to use the same pattern as the previous bag that I made for my mom (here) as it was much easier to sew. I tried to sew it at home on my domestic sewing machine but had to abandon it as I could not get the correct thread tension on my sewing machine. My sewing machine has been through a lot so maybe it’s a sign for me to get a new one.
With the bag all cut up, I went back to college and on the industrial sewing machine, started to sew the bag. They say practise makes perfect and I was able to construct the whole bag in an afternoon.
I really like working with softer leather as it was much easier to sew. The floppy effect of the bag also gave it a more relaxed look.
This time, I tried to sew the pouch inside out but after struggling with it for half and hour, I gave up and went back to my tried and tested method.
I am really enjoying my experience working with leather. The material is so flexible but at the same time, unforgiving, if you make any mistakes. I only have a stiffer leather left to work with so will either have to use a leather sewing machine or consider hand stitching. Maybe hand stitching will produce a more cleaner stitching as I am not fighting with the sewing machines to get around the corners.
But until then, it’s back to clothes for me.