While I’m a tad paralyzed with how to move forward with quilt making (I have so many stinking ideas that keep coming up while driving or in yoga, I can’t decide which one to start next) I’ve been distracting myself with some more bag making out of leather.
I have a friend who lives in Silicon Valley and is the poster child for online innovation having been recruited and moved from Apple to Google and now Youtube all in this last year. (Of interest we met online through a political discussion group organized by a common ex-high school teacher friend. In response to the gridlock in Washington, she included contacts across the country and world with a wide range of political ideals and we discussed everything from the validity of the “American Dream” to gun control-fascinating stuff! Nic, this friend brought hilarious much needed levity to the group.) In any case I wanted to make Nic who appreciated my handmades a manly bag that spoke to him being an “idea man”. The problem was that after I made it, in my husband’s words it looked a little too “uterus” not lightbulb. That might be OK for some but I didn’t figure my openly gay friend would be much interested in a female anatomy bag. 🙂 With the help of some Instagram friends I had a “lightbulb moment”. I added gold metallic pen to the bottom and . . . So much better, don’t you think?.
Another one of Noodlehead’s bag patterns, the Trail Tote kept me distracted as well ( Trail Tote Free Pattern: Robert Kaufman Fabric Company. ). I decided to make my tomboy daughter a purse using the pattern for Christmas.
I adapted the bag pattern to fit my own plans trading out the front zipper for a large suede star and also replacing the simple inner pocket with a zippered one. I added an inner strip of leather to match the outer bag on the lining. I think this concept keeps the lining fabric from peaking out and looks more professional. This leather was so thick, I also bailed on the side piping. Donated repurposed leather and suede were the stars of these bags and I am very grateful to my crafty friends (Thanks! I made them!. and Spontaneous Threads.) for sending them to me.