I have decided to set up at Etsy store to sell my leather and canvas goods. I hope that this will happen early next week. To celebrate this event, a large step for me, I have decided, following the example of my mentor and friend Arounna, to have a give-away. Please leave me a comment, telling me which products you would like to see in the Etsy store and I will randomly select a winner next Friday August 26th. You may have to scroll back to look at the canvas and leather totes, pouches and bags to see what I could possibly make for the Etsy site. The winner will receive this adorable little pouch.
bags and purses
I used the last of the catalan fabric to make this tote along with left over pieces of orange and pink leather. It is such a puzzle fitting the pieces together! It is 16″x16″x5″ with a long adjustable across body strap that can also be made into a carry handle. I love the colour play of the leather and the stripes.This is the first time that I have used webbing in a handle, and it works well with the leather.
The bag has two exterior pockets and four interior, two large and two small. A perfect tote!
I made a few small bags last week, but this is my first ‘real’ bag since I returned home. I love the deep teal colour of this bag and the lovely texture of the leather. It is made from a remnant which was just enough–the exterior pocket and strap are lined with black leather from a pair of pants. The lining is a great green and white ticking, screen printed with ‘the bird with attitude’. It measures 13″x11″x3″ and the strap is 38″ long so fits nicely across the body, my favourite way to carry a bag. This is my second bag in this style–Carissa–named because she inspired the first of this series, the grape bag.
The first set of birdbrain bags are made from a small piece of turquoise canvas I have been saving. They are trimmed with recycled leather from a pair of leather pants.
The second set of pouches are made from Catalan fabric which I bought in Collioure on the Mediterranean. They are called sunshine fabrics! Each pouch has a small suede pocket inside to match the zipper colour and the one is trimmed in buttery orange leather. I have enough catalan to make three more pouches in varying sizes. It has a lovely durable weight and does not need lining. All of these pouches are suitable for carrying your small treasures.
Thank you for your response to my post selling the pouches. They are all gone!
Tomorrow I leave for two weeks in the south of France. I hope to post from there, so please do check once and a while. In the meantime here are a couple of things I have made for the trip.
< A while ago I got some wool felt from Germany. It is thick and durable and very nice to handle--not to mention that it is red! I made a case for my ipad, camera and ipod. They should be great for travelling!
I also needed a new wallet to take on my holiday. I had a piece of rejected leather with the cattle brand on it. Since it was 313, the luckiest of numbers for me, I decided to incorporate it into a wallet. I had to attach a heart to cover a hole from the brand. The first photo is truer to the colour.
I am travelling to France later this month and I needed a new carry-on. I made this one from upholstery ends and a black leather jacket. I tried to incorporate all the features that I like in a bag so I have a shoulder strap as well as padded handles. Pockets on the exterior and interior. Not sure if I have the right shape or size, but the trip will be the test.
I find if I paint what I am making, as limited as my skills are, it helps me to understand what I am doing. I am not working from a pattern or a prototype, but just a general sense of what the piece should look like and what the leather seems to dictate. The top is my new carry-on bag, quite a big one. I combined leather remnants and a black pebbly jacket. The bottom two, espresso and grape, as I have photographed before.
I started making hooked bags with purchased leather straps and gradually began adding leather to make them lighter and more interesting. Then I began making my own straps. On the right is a selection of my hooked bags.
I still love the texture and variation of the hooked bag, but have also become smitten with leather. These two bags are made from upholstery remnants and leather jackets.
The linings are as enjoyable to make as the bags. I often use silk screened cotton canvas, but inside the expresso bag is wonderful Waverly fabric.
I have been asked how you go about purchasing one of these bags or the canvas bags which I wrote about earlier. If you are interested, please leave a comment with your email.
This is the second all-leather bag. It is made from a remnant and I had just enough. The leather is pebbly, like a basketball. I lined the flap with a piece of the bubblegum pink skirt that I have been saving. I love those two colours together.
Inside I used some great ‘bird’ fabric.
I have been using the red bag that is the same size as this one–the one I posted about a few days ago. I am finding the size to be perfect and am enjoying not being laden down with too much stuff.