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Made by a Fabricista: DIY Leather Suede Boho Shoulder Handbag



SOOooooo, I was looking for a Boho inspired shoulder Handbag that I could use on the weekends. I found a few but the few that I liked  where not big enough. I don't know how to function without a big handbag. I grabbed 4 pieces of the leather suede [no longer available] and decided I would make my own. I found the perfect pattern. I used See & Sew pattern B5273 and a little pattern-hacking to add my own stamp on this DIY handbag.
I knew I wanted add fringe to my DIY handbag but I wanted to also add something else to the otherwise simple handbag. I toyed with a few colorful trims which would be nice but then I remembered that I had a ton of grommets on hand. I decided to use the big grommets and lots of them for this handbag. Even though my ears were ringing after hammering all the grommets, I was so pleased with this handbag, I'd do it again. In addition to the grommets and fringe, I added a zippered pocket to the back of my handbag.

*This pattern was super easy and would be great for a beginner. 


 Make sure you use the correct needle for your fabric. I used a leather needle for this project


Grommets were installed per the instructions on the package. [Yup I missed a spot for my last grommet in the second row...I didn't even notice until I looked at this picture.]





I used he natural shape from the hide to make the pocket on the back a little more interesting.


  











  

Until Next time peeps!
Michelle @ Thatblackchic
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  1. What a great use of the suede and the grommets. This is an amazing bag!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, This was my first shoulder and I think You're going to see me do more of them. I'm going leather shopping!

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  2. Chic and very interesting bag! Karen

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  3. Love it! The design is really cool and you are a crazy good sewer!!

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  4. Girl....this is soooo dope! Grommets intimidate me....and I have the same pattern and some metallic leather.. I may just do some sewing since I had knee surgery and will be in the house!

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    1. Do it! Do it! Now that would be dope! I'm going to get some leather and smaller grommets for another bag.........Oh yeah Gromments are EASY just a little tiring when you use a lot but soooo worth it.

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  5. This is FABULOUS!! I might have to try my hand at this one! Great job as always Michelle!

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    1. Paula thanks Lady, please do give it a try it's a nice carry all bag.

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  6. Love it! Did you use topstitching or regular thread for the outside?

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    1. Girl let me tell you something about me and top-stitching thread....we never get along! Now because I was procrastinating with my project as usual, I didn't have time to play with any top-stitching thread. I haven't tried using top-stitching thread with my new BERNINIA but I plan to put it to the test. My Singer skipped a lot do it was hit or miss.

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  7. This is too cute I can't wait to make one.

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    1. Awesome, I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  8. If you get your hides in Philly, where would you recommend?

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    1. I got this from Fabric Mart. I don't have a go-to place but I do know there is a place on Fabric Row on 4Th & South. I don't know the name of the store.

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  9. OHMYGOSH!!!!! This is truly phenomenal! This is so high end. I just adore it!

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