August 23, 2010

waterstone tutorial: the birth of an eco-friendly handbag


It's time for Part Two of my Waterstone: The Birth Of An Eco-Friendly Handbag tutorial. If you have not read part one, you must do so NOW before proceeding any further with part two of the eco-friendly lovin' recycled leather handbag making process tutorial. Go ahead... I'll wait to let you catch up...

dooo dee do do dee do...

twiddling thumbs, picking flowers, brushing hair...


Waterstone: The Birth Of An Eco-Friendly Handbag
Part Two

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Now that I've gotten my outer, inner, and hidden layers cut (felt is the hidden layer, added to lend additional structure and strength to the finished handbag), I add details such as applique or embroidery to the outer layer.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Details are complete. By the way, the felt is attached to the wrong side of the leather.

It's hidden. That's why you can't see it. Just pretend it's there.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

I will also add the tags and pockets before the lining is sewn together.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Time to sew the lining. Right sides together. Pin. Pin.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Ah, the felt - there tis!
It's time to sew my outer layer - with at least a double-stitch for the exterior.
Leather is difficult to pin so I use these handy little clips. LOVE my clips.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Ta Da! The exterior layer is together. Beginning to look like something now, right?
If not, stay with me anyway.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

With this particular bag, I add the strap after sewing the outer layer.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Outer and inner layers complete, I put right sides together and sew around the top edge.

The next part involves what my family says is my freakish obsession with bodily functions.
Skip it if your imagination gets the best of you.
Any mother should understand and handle with ease... cause we're tough like that.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

The birthing process begins.
Something huge is going to fit through a tiny hole. Get it???
I seriously think about this every time a handbag is born. Kind of exciting.
Will it be fabric? Leather? Brown? White? European?

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler


waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

"Mr. and Mrs. Waterstone, meet your bouncing newborn handbag."

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Almost there...

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Now it's time to sew a couple of times around the top edge.

I believe right after I took this photo, my needle broke. Curses. Anyway...

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

The recycled leather snaps were uneven on the jacket where they originated, which I am loving. I matched them up so that the handbag would close properly and stitched away.
Isn't it cool? Snaps together with perfection and it's own unique style.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

Surprise! This cute cosmetic bag/lady stuff holder/clutch comes with it.
It matches the lining and the green applique leaves.

waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler


waterstone eco friendly recycled leather handbags & accessories by lori plyler

I love this. Really, I do.

Current handbags are here.


17 comments:

  1. I LOVE this bag! And like I said before, I'm not a huge fan of leather, but your's is stunning. Great job!

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  2. I LOVE this post!!

    I know exactly what you mean by a bag being born... funny ~ I always thing the same thing.. & it is weird.. I always find I hold my breath while I am trying to invert the layers...

    Sooo.. question if you don't mind. What is your sewing machine.. It looks like it does a marvelous job with all those layers.

    ~*~ thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi Lisa,

    I use an almost 20 year old Singer Quantum - a good, solid machine. Having said that, I'm in the process of killing it slowly and am beginning to look into industrial machines. Any recommendations???

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  4. I love that you showed us the inner workings of your bag! Although, I have to say I winced when I thought of the birth process and my son's huge head! I used to know more about industrial machines, but it's not my "bag" anymore. But I remember Consew being a good brand: http://www.sewingmachineoutlet.com/consewtn.htm
    and I remember finding lots of sites selling used industrial sewing machines. You might be able to still find them. I know it's hard to believe, but Van Heusen shirts used to be made in the USA ... the South was the home of our textile mills. Good luck in your pursuit!

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  5. This is a gorgeous bag! I love it, and it's so interesting to see how it was made!

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  6. that is really fantastic! i cracked up reading the tutorial! is there a trick to sewing leather or just get the leather needle? thanks for the visit!! susan

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  7. What fun to see this beautiful bag being born. I keep looking, but can never choose just one bag. I do love the flowers on this one.

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  8. Wow, what a great bag. I'm a new follower and loving your blog.

    I've been saving leather and suede jackets for a little bit in hopes of turning them into something wonderful. So far I have made a suede wreath and a few suede flowers.

    Your bags are a great inspiration.

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  9. Love !! I cannot imagine sewing thru all that - that alone is impressive.The liner makes it even more awesome.

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  10. Ha! The one time I made a bag I also thought of it as a birth!

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  11. Yep, it's definitely a mom thing. Men just don't get it. Actually I showed and explained the thought to Mr. W. once and he was grossed out. lol

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  12. What a beautifully made bag! Sooo pretty! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  13. Beautiful AND FUNNY! You are so talented!

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  14. wao its great...your stitching machine is awesome..i can imagine how strong the fabric was but its great...waoooooooooo

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  15. Wow!!!!! What a great tutorial. The bag looks brilliant. Love, love, love it. Awesome job. :D

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  16. Love this tutorial. Thanks! I just found a Juki DDL 8700, so now I need to figure out how to use it. Any suggestions on tutorials, videos? Thanks again! I'm excited to start making some things. ;)

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I love reading each one of your comments. Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful day.

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