This weekend I got to sew for myself! Wooohooo! I bought a piece of leather from Leather to Lace at Etsy. Originally, I wanted to make the entire outer shell out of leather but then I realized I only had enough to make a small leather bag. No worries, I had some home decor fabric to add to the bag making project. I decided to make my wave bag by trimming the edges and strap in leather. To make the home decor fabric tie into the leather, I monogramed using the same color thread as the leather.
The embroidery design comes from Meringue Designs.
Here is a quick how to video on embroidery....
When working with leather there are a few rules you have to follow.
- Use a leather needle, it makes a hole in the leather instead of pushing the fibers away.
- Make sure your stitch length is longer, set to a 3.5 or higher. If the stitch length is short, the leather will tear on your seam.
- You should sew with a seam allowance of .25”, so you will have less bulk in between your seams.
- Decrease your thread tension as you increase the thickness of your leather project.
- Use the wallpaper roller to roll the seams flat and glue the seam excess down with cement glue.
- Do not iron.
What supplies should you have before you start?
- leather needle
- wallpaper roller
- rayon, nylon or polyester thread Do not use 100% cotton it will break.
- binder clips
- teflon foot is nice but if you do not have one use baby powder or tissue paper.
- rubber Cement glue
I love my new bag and can't wait to use it. Hopefully it will match all of my fall clothes.Thanks for listen to me ramble!