I’m so excited about sharing today’s post with you. As soon as I saw my husband’s old leather waistcoat destined for the charity shop, I’ve been wanting to try this DIY leather clutch bag.
But leather can be intimidating. According to some of the sites I visited, you needed all sorts of fancy leather-appropriate kit. Like needles, sewing feet, and scissors. Sounded like too much work. So I put this project to one side, and tried to forget about it…
Luckily, the other day Liz over at C&C put out a call for some leather tutorials for her leather week, and well, it felt like it was time to get to grips with this particular DIY project.
And I’m so glad I did. This was super easy. And actually I didn’t need any fancy equipment apart from leather needles for my sewing machine (which apparently punch through leather better than regular needles).
Since this project, I’ve been keeping a beady eye out for leather jackets, waistcoats, and what-nots in my local thrift stores and charity shops. If I’m lucky I might build up the courage to try something a little more complex. Any suggestions…?
Make your own leather clutch bag
You will need:
a piece of old leather (like a waist coat)
leather needles for sewing machine (I bought mine here)
something to keep the bag closed (snap closure, ribbon, velcro)
1. Rip your waistcoat apart at the shoulders and side seams, so you end up with two side sections and a back section.
2. Remove any bits that get in your way (like belts or buttons).
3. Keep the back section for this project (you can put the side sections away for another projects) and straight stitch over the uneven edges left by the seam ripper to make it all tidy. I used pins to keep the lining straight.
4. Turn the back section so the leather is facing down. Fold up the bottom third. Pin and stitch up the sides (just the bottom third from the fold to the bottom).
5. Turn your creation right side out. Ta da! You have a purse…
6. … but you may want to keep in closed somehow. I used a spare snap closure I found lying around, but you could use Velcro, ribbon, a zipper. Anything really.