TBT ~ I’m ripping apart handbags!

Here is a blog post I originally wrote almost 4 years ago but still rings SO true for handbag makers.  How to find expensive bag hardware besides online retailers…thrifting!  Enjoy your Thursday. Don’t shoot me, but I spent some time yesterday ripping apart handbags. Not mine or a fancy brand, but some random old handbags I found at the local thrift store. I was tempted to keep the green one, but my boys vetoed that so it went into the {Read More}

Leather Tools – Part 2 –

So what did you think of the leather strap maker I shared last week?  I love how easy it is to cut custom sized straps for my handbags.  Add a few rivets or stitch the straps in place and I’m good to go! Today I’m going to show you two more tools I have been learning to use in the studio recently.  These are a bit trickier and require more patience when using, but I’m getting the hang of it…slowly. Here is a {Read More}

Leather Tools – A Strap Tutorial – Part 1

This is part one of two posts I’m sharing this week on my adventures in leatherwork.  I’m a total newbie, but when I find a tool that makes me want to grab all.the.leather. I had to share. If you make bags like I do, you know how important straps and handles are in overall construction and design.  We need them to be the perfect size to hold or wear over our shoulder while made of material that coordinates with our “look”. {Read More}

Leather Catch-All Bowl – A Tutorial

I have a serious stash of binder clips. For the most part I keep them in a pull-out plastic drawer or in a pretty ceramic bowl next to my main machine. When I’m sewing with my other machines though, I have nothing to hold excess *stuff*. To help remedy the problem of my clip chaos, I drew up a mini version of my ceramic bowl and came up with this!  It’s super easy and quick to make, and I was able to {Read More}

WIP Wednesday is really in progress!

I am having a great week in the studio, how about you? I have a lot of projects going on at once, but I seem to be getting more done that way recently.  So while there are not a lot of “finished” pictures to show you, here are some shots of my sewing table. The 163 Patchwork book blocks are still a big WIP.  I am starting to slow down a bit with this book as they get harder. By harder {Read More}

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