Take pictures of a hand made leather handbag and simply draw it to your liking. It is said that building a bag from scratch is similar to building a house – you need the foundation, windows, doors, walls, roof and roof frame to complete the whole structure. Before you begin to incorporate methods to get the results you envision, however, you must first think through the fabrication process step by step.
For example, sewing a bag into the lining as soon as it is finished is undesirable. Just like building Lego models, there are certain orders of craftsmanship.
The second option allows one end bag to be sewn to the end before everything is patterned together, while the front pocket can only be made after assembly. The more complicated the sewing process, the more likely a bag will go wrong – so follow your steps carefully before getting to work.
MAKING SKIN BAG
STEP 1: FITNESS MATERIAL
There are plenty of resources to learn manufacturing techniques, including manuals, online tutorials, and old fashioned apprenticeships. However, whatever you choose to hone your skills, your first business order should be to find a good quality botanical leather about 2mm (5oz) thick. Cut carefully measured samples out of cards or paper and stick them onto your skin for some precise cut.
STEP 2: MOUNTING WITH A TOOL
Once your skin pieces are ready, it’s time to engrave an image on them. As mentioned before, it’s always good to jot down all your visual ideas on one sheet of paper before you do anything to hide it. Use a mist sprayer or wet sponge to moisten the leather you plan to work with. With utensils, such as a stylus or a biro, you can carefully follow the contours of your drawing, then be cropped out with a rotary knife to create your custom crafted design. Remember, the instrument is easy to learn but difficult to master, so keep practicing until your hand is accurate in surgery.
First, try your dye on some of the debris you have. There are different application methods to choose from, so a little trial and error can help you identify next steps without having to rethink your strategy. Heavy applications will not only saturate and darken skin, but may also leave streaks that you don’t want unless your design states otherwise. However, a cotton rag for lighter use will give you more control with your color scheme, especially if you want to do your two skin tones. Also, coloring certain parts of your design with acrylic paints can make your leather accessory stand out with style. And when all the colors are dry, paint the finish to make the skin color-resistant and water-resistant.
STEP 4: CLASSES
There are a variety of fabrics to choose from, depending on your preferences and budget, but we believe the “pig cut” material is ideal if you decide to insulate your bag. Not only does it have an elegant suede feel and come in a variety of colors, but it’s also incredibly chewy. Use contact adhesive to glue the pieces together and thread or sew them together so that the bag is fixed and secure.
STEP 5: STRIP
Lastly, no item, such as a leather bag or a cross-bag, would be complete without straps to hold. They can be sewn to the sides of the lock or gusset and are fixed with studs. As for the belt, it’s not an essential part of the leather bag but it definitely gives the bag charm and style.