There's snow on the ground here in Maryland! I love looking outside and seeing the white stuff, but it did throw a wrench into our Saturday plans. We had intended to shop Baltimore's Holiday Heap Craft Show in the afternoon, then head down to see Mount Vernon by candlelight (it's a holiday thing) in the evening.
But by noon, it looked like this:
Look how fat the snowflakes are!
So, we decided to spend a quiet day at home, keeping warm and watching the snow fall. And of course I did a little sewing.
I made a few simple slip wallets with some leather remnants I had stored away.
Typically I don't enjoy sewing leather. It drags under the presser foot and my machine has trouble handling multiple layers. And when I use heavier thread, the tension gets uneven. For these I just used regular sewing thread. They seem pretty sturdy, but I would consider them "light duty" wallets. Great for a few credit cards or business cards. I will be adding these to the shop once they've been tested for durability.
I also discovered, through online research, that if you sprinkle just a bit of baby powder on your fingers, then rub your fingers across the leather you are about to sew, it helps the presser foot glide smoothly over the leather. Genius! No more bunched or skipped stitches! Just be sure to clean your machine well afterward.
Raw edges on finished leather items seem to be very in style at the moment. I love the look of it. A little rustic, a little industrial. I was inspired to create a raw edge leather bag for myself. I'd been needing a new bag for winter, so I created a prototype.
Sorry it looks a little uneven, but it's already stuffed with my junk! It's just a flat bag with no gussets or boxed corners, meant to hang crossbody. In very simplistic terms, it's a front and a back sandwiched with two lining pieces in between. The idea for placing the zipper on the front of the bag came from this bag by Fossil.
In reality the construction was tedious. The concept was simple, but sewing leather is always an exercise in patience. If you make a mistake, you can't simply rip out the stitches and start over, because the old holes will remain. You can't pin pieces together for the same reason. I like to use scotch tape and binder clips to keep things stable.
The strap is simply cotton webbing knotted through grommets. I love grommets!
Some things I'll do differently next time: Definitely put a pocket inside. I meant to with this bag, but just forgot. I'll probably also add another layer between the leather and the lining to firm it up a bit; either interfacing or perhaps some felt or fleece. I love the soft and supple nature of this bag, but it looks a little bulgy with my things inside. But yes, it's always an obsession of mine to stiffen up my bags.
Well, I'd better get to making our Sunday breakfast. Thanks for stopping in!