Hello everyone and welcome to our weekly blog series, designed to provide you with inspiration.
We’ll showcase some designs each week and discuss ideas to spark your creativity. One of the most wonderful things about handcrafted projects is that unlike cheap disposable fashion, you create pieces that really last, projects you’ll be proud to use yourself, give as gifts, or sell to customers. We hope to give you some tips for your current level of crafting and inspire you to seek further knowledge as you develop your leather working skills.
We’ll start this August by talking about leather for adventure.
The summer months are when many people travel, so let’s begin with luggage. Cowhide is a good choice of hide for bags and suitcases. Rugged, durable and resistant to scrapes and tears, it will protect your clothes and delicate souvenirs. Pre-treated hides can be purchased that are resistant to water and dirt, exactly what any traveler needs.
will take you through the steps to make a messenger bag out of 6 oz. oil tanned utility hide. With its many pockets, the finished bag is perfect for a carry-on bag for airplane or train travel. The artisan used pre-cut cowhide straps of a thicker weight and the patterning and hardware is shown.
If you want to make larger bags you have the option of creating the whole item in leather or just using leather accents on canvas or felt. For a hard suitcase or trunk, you’ll need to learn how to create a frame from leather or metal or reuse the frame of an old canvas suitcase. There is also the option of making a frameless leather duffle bag, either all in leather or out of another sturdy material with leather straps and edging. Instructions for duffle bags can be found on Pinterest with keywords “leather” “duffel” “Bag” and “diy”.
If you are looking for a small project to use up scraps, try these leather luggage tags that require no sewing or hardware. The author suggests making them in brown leather but they would be very eye-catching and unique in colored suede. Happy travelling and more importantly, happy crafting!