As an intermission from shoemaking, I made a vegetable tanned calf handbag for my mother’s birthday.
Unlike my previous bags, this has the feature of an interior pocket. Here’s an inside look:
To make it, I started by cutting out, skiving, burning and painting some 4 oz veg tanned calf pieces for the outside of the bag.
I cemented 5 oz latigo tanned reinforcement leather onto the inside of the body of the bag.
I folded the upper edges over the reinforcement pieces. Then I lined the side pieces with 2 oz baby calf, and cemented them to the body like shown below.
I cemented and stitched on the lined top piece of the handbag (also reinforced like the body). I stitched the lined side pieces of the bag. I also put in some reinforcement fabric around the various parts.
Then I put in a magnet lock, lined the rest of the bag and put a separately sewn inside pocket into the interior. I stitched the rest of the bag up with 1 mm waxed polyester thread.
Here’s the finished bag in my garden: