I’ve struggled with finding time for sewing over the last few weeks, but with the prospect of 4 secret santas to buy for, I felt a few handmade gifts were needed.
I recently went to Abakhan in north Wales and was delighted to find a bargain bin of leather pieces. I had been wanting to try sewing with leather for ages, so £5.48 for a fairly large piece, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go! I therefore decided one secret Santa gift should be a clasp purse but using leather instead of fabric.
Maeri from The Make and Do Studio had kindly given me a walking foot for my machine, coupled with some leather needles and I was ready to go!
I used clothes pegs rather than pins so as not to puncture the leather
I found the turning out of the leather a little tricky due to the bulk of the leather. I therefore decided that I should adapt my usual method for attaching the lining to the leather, avoiding the need to turn it out and reduce the bulk further.
I am really pleased with the end result. The walking foot worked like a dream and I’ll certainly be making more purses like this!
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