Thursday, January 2, 2014

Large Yellow Molded Purse

This bag is special....it's pretty much how it all started.  My husband surprised me last Christmas with a bag just like this only mine is Tan.  I was blown away needless to say.
Then we decided to make a few other things and opened an Etsy shop...just hoping eventually someone would buy something.  Now we have come full circle--
 almost exactly a year later making this bag...
I wrote a post about molding the leather that you can see here 
It explains it in a little more detail.  The molding process takes a couple of days.
This is a photo of all the parts ready to be dyed.  All the stitching holes are laid out on each of the parts and all the edges are beveled...the strap holes are punched...
The pieces all getting stitched together...there is an interior pocket in this bag 
so the interior pocket, the straps with the D rings, and the closure tab all get stitched first  before stitching the front and back of the bag together...
And when I say "stitched" I mean by hand with one piece of waxed thread and a needle attached to each end...
One needle going in each side and crossing over each other, "sandwiched" inside the leather.  It's a very strong stitch.  The wax keeps the thread from sliding around.  Basically it sticks to itself....
I also enjoy making our ideas in different colors..it's fun to see it come together in a different color.
The Yellow is very striking...

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