How to make a leather purse. Part 2.
This is the second part of my tutorial on making a leather purse. If you prefer a video tutorial go to my YouTube channel – you can watch it here.
In this article, I want to show you how to sew a lining and a stabilizer for my DIY leather bag, how to make leather flowers and leaves for the purse embellishment, how to sew the metal purse frame and how to finish the purse.
If you read part 1 of this tutorial on sewing leather bags you would have seen me cutting the pattern pieces from leather, making piping and stitching all seams. So, let’s continue with this tutorial.
1. Sew a purse stabilizer and a lining.
Let me remind you how we cut lining and stabilizer pieces.
2. Make leather flowers and leaves.
Now let’s make leather flowers and leaves. I used paper pattern pieces of different sizes. The diameter of the biggest flower is about 8 cm ( 3 in) and the diameter of the smallest flower is around 2.5 cm or 1 in. Other flowers are somewhere in between.
To make a rose center take one bead (around 1 cm in diameter) and cover it first with 4 petals flower (to hide the bead completely) using glue. Then add one more small flower.
3. Sew metal frame to the purse.
I didn’t film how I put the silver metal frame to my purse. So to make this tutorial I used another frame – golden one which is very similar to the one I used before. The steps are exactly the same as with my silver frame. Take the frame and find the exact center on each side. It may be not so easy because the holes may be not placed exactly in the center. So for this take a painter’s tape and place small pieces of the tape on each side of the frame, measure the frame and mark the centers with a pen.
4. Attach a handle.
I bought a necklace that was matching the purse colors and decided to make purse handles from it. I had to change the thread for the necklace (so it will not be broken after a few uses of the purse) – I had to make it stronger. So I used a plastic wire ( like a fishing line string) to make the handle unbreakable. To attach the handles I used so-called lobsters — they are well-polished clasps that are made from rust-resistant stainless steel.