How To Make a Simple Leather Purse

How To Make a Simple Leather Purse


hello everyone hillbilly here today I
thought I do a video on some simple leather purse’s my granddaughter’s are the ones
that inspired me at this cute little purse I also stopped by a leather place
and it picked up three or four different colors of leather they had a sell on some
single shoulders that were different colors anyways let’s get started first
things first we need to create a design of course this is a design here’s my
pattern that I’ve created unfortunately I had these done before the video of coarse Here the gusset and the first one I showed you is the the back and the flap and then
you’ll trace another one of just this and that will be the front and of course
we’ll cut some straps with a strap cutter and the created here’s some of
the leather I’ve got this turquoise color that I’ll go through some of the
steps that are needed to make it all right we’ve got our pattern here and
we’ve laid it on the Leather you want to place them on the leather in such a way
that you can get the most out of your leather in this case here I’ve used just
a regular leather marking pen it marks out in silver something that I picked up
at Tandy I’ve already marked this piece here we’ll get started cutting we’ve got
a simple moon knife or a head knife and we will start using the edge of this take our
time in you wanna apply enough pressure that you
get through the leather but you don’t want to do tremendous cutting on your
cutting mat cut clear through the cutting mat of coarse watch your fingers takes a little while to get used to one
of these knives you don’t necessarily need this type of knife to do this you
can use a regular razor knife or utility knife whatever you might have at hand an
exacto cutting knife there’s a lot of them out there on the market just take your time the better the cut
that nicer it looks and here I’ve got another piece that I’ve already started
cutting but we’ll finish cutting it I have marked the the gusset that I have
made a pattern up I’d laid it down and again I’ve got a couple pieces out of it
and then we’ll cut the gusset now this gusset this will get folded you’ll see
later in the video where I’ll fold that’s a seam allowance on both of these
I’ll fold them up towards the grain side not the flesh side and then I’ve also
incorporated a tab it’s about three quarters of an inch I believe that’ll
actually get folded over on both sides and we’ll put a strap buckle thing there
for the actual arm straps order strap you’ll see I’ve got some marks in this I
don’t know if you can see that but there’s the marks right here well so
marks right here the centered the gusset anyways we’ll go ahead and get this
started over here off here if you had some straight edges you could
always use your straight edge like a long 36 or 40 inch straight edge laid
down on some straight lines if you’re not very good it cut straight lines you could use it lay down and just go right
along with it I try to stay just right in the middle
of my line so it doesn’t end up any bigger was actually your marking line
it’s just uh me outside of your pattern so I try to cut my Silver Line in half
if I can but again it’s not rocket science doing the curves you want to kind of
push real slow and then you get a straight spot like this you can roll
your head knife cut that piece off again go real slow into the turns you
know the tip of this we can rock it just stay right on your line now they do have
strap cutters they’re not strap cutters but in punches that have got a nice
little round punch to it you can get them in 3/4 a number of denominations of
sizes and you could actually turn around and put it on a little cutting block and
stick your chisel there and bam give it a good hard whack but as you can see
what I’m doing here is just taking my time and cutting my edge there okay yeah it’s actually kind of a nice
little color I’m an earth tone kind of down himself but grandbaby like all
these girly colors I got Pink I got orange dark purple this aqua color
everything it is I don’t know again if you can see some of the silver we will come thought here and wipe it right off all right there’s that I’m gonna cut
some straps now I’ve came along and all ready marked I want some 5/8 inch straps
for my shoulder strap come along here I’ve marked them with that little silver
pan again like I said you can also do this with a strap cutter of course a lot
quicker and probably easier make sure that it doesn’t move like mine
just did you really want to hold down in your leather and I won’t hold up against the
straightedge but at the same time you don’t want to move
push push your straightedge away you might have to come back through here and
clean this one up just a touch well I sure booger that one up I think it’s time to sharpen this one there’s one I’ll have to clean that up a
little bit there it is Apply some pressure down that’s in let’s see how we do much better than
yeah I probably should stick to that yeah
there’s our second one I’m gonna need one of these
that’s about 31 inches long I’ll lay it right here this one I need one that’s 14 I need a
14-inch one this will be the side of the buckle is on the other one will actually
be the billet side it’s a two-piece strap one strap two-piece here’s our
gusset with the ends that’ll get folded over for the strap
and yes they are bigger than the strap here is the front the front of it
which is you’ll see it’s same as this probably
get the picture now then this will be the fold-over well just the front here’s
the back put the flap there’s everything as far as leather
we’re gonna use some double cap rivets these are size small get these on line
there was all sorts of leather supply places out there that you can get these
it doesn’t have to be a leather supply place this is the cap and this is the
stem post and stem again these are small I think they’re like five or six
millimeters I don’t know what that equivalent is here’s your magnetic clasp
it’s a rivet style with a little about a half inch button on it these here are
the strap retainers the little square type that’s what’s gonna go on the end
of these to connect our shoulder strap and then I’ve got a little 5/8 inch
Center bar buckle {Cleared Throat} excuse me and then of course we can add studs we
can add gems conchos and all sorts of this to decorate it alright let’s get
started putting this thing together In prepping the straps this is gonna be the buckle
strap this will be the billet strap In order to prep this for a a buckle like
this Center bar that we have here what I did is I laid it down here and I just
kind of folded it back and I’ve cut about an inch and a half here I just
kinda eyeball these all the time And I used a revolving pole punch
after I’d folded it I had punched a hole after I’d made the whole punch which I
should have did on video here had some problems difficulties with camera then
you get a knife like this and you cut a line straight down on both sides to be
able to get you know both sides there and open that out then you end up
removing the small piece in here now they do make slot punches or bag punches
there’s I think there’s a couple different names form and you would just
use the punch and hammer it and you could actually make this a lot nicer I
don’t own any of them it’s kind of on my list of my wish list of some more
leather tools but then that way you can actually apply the Put the buckle right
down through here Then you kinda center lay the buckle down like this and
Center the hole the where it’s just behind it here on both sides and that
way it’ll just it’ll turn real nice now this is not the direction it’ll go it’ll
actually be the other end of this which I’ll show you more here in a second but
anyways as you pull the strap through you’ll have the holes down through here
the nice thing about a center bar buckle is it will retain this down here instead
of putting a loop over here to hold your other end of the strap Alright I like
doing this before I do a top stitch on my all my straps I’m gonna do a stitch
all the way around all the way back around here I’ll do a little back tack
here and here and then eventually this will get bent over we’ll put a hole here
for the rivet to attach it to the the purse
On this over here on the billet part of the strap Earlier in the video I had
mentioned about these templates and stuff I’ve purchased a number of them
off in it it’s calledis the website and the lady
that owns the company that deals with me that I’ve been dealing with her name’s
Joyce our joy Joyce very very nice lady awesome to work with but they create a
number of these templates I’m not sponsored by these these people but they
they create some really nice this is acrylic it does Bend and they make so
many different this is just two of them I’ve got a set of these in different
sizes it’s really nice because it’s got the little slot that you can you know
lay down a mark it also has all the little holes for stitching that kinda
makes the guesswork or the measuring and stuff all it takes it all out And
you use a small little awl like this and you would punch in the holes and mark
onto your leather in this case here I’m gonna for the purses I’m gonna use a
half inch spacing and this is made to use on numerous sizes of strap widths
how wide this is 5/8 and it’ll it’ll be about right here but you would line up this section and then back here with the equivalent size and
I’ll lay this down and I don’t know why I do this ahead of time I imagine that
you can do it after you sew your top stitch on the thing I liked it because
it lays a lot flatter and it’s one of the reasons I like it but anyways hold
it like this I go about twelve little adjustment holes they’re only a half
inch apart I don’t go clear to the end but I
come up at about three holes here and I do 12 but I just kind of punch as you
can see you just take your awl well I got one two three
here’s four five six, seven and we will go two more And the really nice thing about this particular template
it’s because the distance here are the you line it up here and then you line it
up back here and these are done so precision that it allows all my holes I
don’t know if you can really see that but they’re just little teeny holes but
it allows all my holes to be right in the dead center of that strap takes all
the guesswork out of it so I do that before I do my top stitch on those two
All right what we need to do now is to mark the back and the front flap where
we’re going to start the gusset we’ll use the template that we had made and I
hope that you can see this I’ve got an actual line here that should just be
just about the area where the template are the gusset should start and go all
the way around so I’m gonna lay it out on this leather and kinda of flatten it out a little bit Ok lets try this It 3 or 4 ounce it’s not to bad there layed out a lot better Okay lay that
out A little bit crucial or else your purse would be I’m gonna take my marker
just put a little mark there same way on this other side Okay a little one there
a little one there We really don’t need to do too much more than that Leave this out of the way That’s the first process lay this to the side Now we’re gonna get our
guess it you need to put a fold on this not gonna really use any kind of tools
you can use like a cobbler’s hammer or a small blunt instrument but I don’t like
doing too much I need to put about a quarter inch fold back on this for the
seam allowance where we’re gonna sew it now this before you did this you can
mark this with a stitching wheel to get your seams laid out if you’re gonna do
it by hand in this video I’m gonna do it by machine
which makes it pretty quick and I might I don’t know we’ll see I might have to
do another little section or another little video on doing it by hand with
that saddle stitch okay I gotta see what I’m doing here little
ruff you just got it working a little bit I’ll do this on both sides
that’s not real crazy cuz it’ll turn around take its own shape once we get it
you’ll have to manipulate it with a little effort to begin with I don’t like
putting a lot of lines and grooves and but I’m gonna do both sides just take my
time push it over and estimate about a
quarter inch give or take well some of it might be 3/8″ I might be a
little less but once you get it going there it seems to takes its place I’m
gonna use some double-sided tape you can pick this stuff up Double-sided tape
I’ve picked mine up it Tandy but you can get it at Hobby Lobby and get it
Jo-ann’s Michaels a lot of people were using it now if you don’t want to pick
it up and you have access to some contact cement that you can use on
leather you would use it to put that on there to join these together before you sew
them alright that looks pretty good Now before I glue anything what I’m gonna do
I’ve got my two lines here and of course this is gonna go like so but before I
glue anything or put a double-sided tape down I want to see that make sure this
is gonna fit I mean I already know it’s gonna fit but if you start it just a
little high of where your line is you’ll be a little low on this side or
vice versa it’ll be back and forth so you kind of want to get it really close
so what I choose to do is some of these now they have all sorts of different
things that you can use there’s ones that the
clothing industry uses you can pick up a Jo-annas and there’s they probably have a
little bit smoother end on them But I take this and I start just about where
the line is right here I line it right up with the edge of the back here this
part here Put my little clip on there and I’ll keep following it It’s Kinda
important so then that way the bag doesn’t look all tweaked after you get
it all together it’s kind of the dry fit that way you don’t waste your leather and you
get all upset or have to run back out and get some more to finish the project
keep it folded and you got to kind of manipulate it just a little bit three or
four ounce leather is not really that hard to manipulate with your hand so
Just keep it going Coming back around the other turn here Yeah at this point right now it’s
starting to take a little shape All right Tee and probably a little
shy now as you can see this piece cut out I’m right at the line here and over
here I’m shy about eight about an 1/8″ of an inch so what I’m gonna do is
Center it up I don’t know why that is but So I’m gonna drop that just a little
bit lower than where I had it before Come on! That’s quite a bit Do this one more time here Should come out okay This is one of the harder parts of
laying this out Once you get this you’ll This thing I’m going to get it real
quick And I do this for the back to the gusset and I also do it for the front to
the gusset Oh Crazy thing’s going all over the place It’s also a project that you can do With some of the young ones Get
a couple little shoulders single shoulders you can make a few of these
give them up for Christmas gifts great little project Of course you’re doing it
by hand the hand craft Okay I like that now so now I know just
about where I need to line up so again I’ll come over here and make this and
this All right we’ll remove our little paper clips Clamps We’ll put these to the side All right
I’ve got a small roll of my double-sided tape I don’t know what this is it’s
probably just under a 1/4 of an inch maybe less than that looks like it’s 3/16 of
an inch I’am gonna Start it here and I’ll start just underneath my line we don’t need to
be right up to that line Kinda a sticky stuff but I want lay down a little
bit of a time bring your finger back There you go As you come around to the curves now
you’re gonna have to it’ll wrinkle a little bit that’s okay You see where
it’s wrinkly right here That’s just how it is pulling something that’s straight
around the turn You get on the flat stretch and you feel like you’re home
free until you get to the next corner here I want to try to keep it kind of
close to it This stuff is actually a lot nicer than I
thought there’s a little skeptical and using it Now after the first few times
I’d realized it isn’t quite as messy as Glue Took a little knife there to cut
the end off I Grab my gusset Then I take the edge to my knife you can use
anything in this case I’m gonna start pulling some of the back side of the
tape off Start at the line that we had made Then press it down Now
don’t get too crazy with peeling your tape off cuz there everything
sticks to that stuff try to make sure that you keep these here as flush as you
can Your gonna they’re gonna move a little bit but So you’ll see my other
fingers here on my left hand I use the thumb and you’re gonna have to
manipulate this leather a little bit Again pull that back as I hold this just keep
working it around try and keep it as flush as possible So if it didn’t have
this two-sided tape you take your little brush out of your your glue bottle
glue can and you make just a little 3/16 line of contact cement there on both
sides on the back and seam allowance part of it or the little Bend for the
gusset make sure that you let it dry but at least tack up because if not when you
go to apply it like we’re doing it right now it will come apart but Once it dries
in it sets you’ll be just fine Okay Okay I use my machine here I’ve already
got it kind of setup to do some lightweight stuff Not going to back tack
there because I’m actually gonna sew all the way around this including the Flap because I’d like a little top stitch on the flat areas so that I can just for a little bit on a decoration Just Sewing No sound Fast Forwarding I am Not going to do reverse of coarse Okay
up here we’re gonna take this Give it a tuck And I’ll cut this off As I come over to this
end here I’m gonna go ahead and do a back tack on it and stitch over some of
the other stitching (Sewing Machine Sound) Adjust it here a little bit get right
down in there a couple threads One more Down Then we’ll go back To tie it all in All right we’re gonna do a top stitch on
the buckle strap We’ll pull the tails out here start my needle down a little bit
all this seems like it’s And then like holding a strap we get to be
started with the tail OKay (Sewing Machine Sound) Just Sewing No sound Fast forwarding All right now that we’ve got our straps
cut and all the top stitching done on the billet it in then
the buckle strap we’ve got it finished too we’ve got both our front and our
back and the flap done we’re gonna go ahead and start putting some of the
hardware onto this what we’ll do now we’re going to take one of these strap
keepers it’s a little 3/4 inch it’s a nickel-plated I’m gonna put it
right down over that Then we’ll fold this thing over I’ll get it down just
about ya far pull this lid out of the way for you so that you can see I like
this and I’m going to use my rotary punch I like putting a couple rivets in
here that’s for a little strength Will do the cap post here Thru a little hole Push it all the way through I’ll get one
of the caps it’s one of the reasons they call this a double cap rivet now take
the lower anvil this and you’ll see it this little hole here will actually
match this and it won’t flatten it out but it’ll actually set it nice into that
anvil and then I’ve got a smaller setter here where I can show you out here and
you’ll feel where it’s at in that anvil There it is Take the tool go to side here put a
couple whacks with a mallet or a mall and there it is so we’ll continue to do
that we’re gonna do another one here and I don’t really have a set I just like to
try to get them right in the center of the strap try to do them all close to
the same and here I’m going to shove that post into a little hole Now I get a cap Set it down into the lower anvil get our
setter don’t have to get too crazy sometimes I do a lot harder than I need
it only takes a couple good whacks and there you go There’s our flap Let it
down then you’ve got both your strap keepers and now we’re ready to put our
strap on it this is the fun part when things are all starting to come together
we’re gonna take this and here again I use my mat surface because I’ve got
these little one-inch squares it always cut it makes it a lot nicer but I’d do
just a little bit more than an inch fold We’ll go ahead and pouch more hole here Center
my strap Now Put this up through our strap keeper
Again post as you can see you can see the process now Kids would love this I
believe Because they get to see something come together Sorry about that I only do one
rivet in that this is just a small strap now it does go from three 3/4
of an inch through the strap keeper and then this gives us some room to move
around then you’ve got a nice little 5/8 strap this is this purse is not a big
heavy purse it’s pretty light I find that strap being some what
sufficient for that size purse I did get I’d see a picture in a book that gave me
an idea of the design it wasn’t totally all mine but I did not take an actual
pattern from a book I didn’t get a pattern from anybody I just looked at it
and got my transfer paper which is what you’d seen my pattern got the transfer
paper got a and a ruler a pencil and I actually used one of those curved guides
that a lot of artists will use to kind of get all these curves down the way I
wanted and the thing was as I marked it we’re talking about the pattern I marked
the curve on one half side of it then I would fold the paper and then it would
transfer the the curve to the opposing side now we’re going to put our center
bar buckle in there and as you see we’re Just going to feed that up through here
put our little bar through there Okay Work it around there make sure she
moves a little bit there yep pretty lot and then I kind of line it up into the
center of the strap Poked it through their This is what i call fumble fingers here A cap Set this guy Wack Wack Wack Okay now what we need to do we need to
get some holes down through here earlier you see me do a little template and I
made these little marks now I’m gonna take my revolving hole punch and
carefully punch some holes down through here and again I make mine a half inch
spacing you might prefer them be an inch or inch and a half apart Yeah I don’t
know I just why I chose 1/2 inch I don’t really know But it’d look like a
nice little spacing again I did not take this totally from you know somebody
else’s pattern it was something I came up with As far as measurements the sizes
of all of it But I did get a kinda an image from a book That’s what I went with okay punched all those holes Now Come up here a put it in one these holes Pull that strap up And here we go
Wa La That parts done On to the installing the clasp All right it’s time now put a clasp on to
close this purse I’ve got a magnetic clasp rivet and I’m gonna place it about
right here my found center Using a ruler and I’ve made
a little mark here with my dividers Now this ends up being like a button and
it’s magnetic we want to put the magnetic part of it underneath the lid and then it’s got a button cap bigger
larger button cap but think it’s about a half inch or so to install that
again gonna use this anvil that would be the same as the line 20 snap at then I’m
gonna use this setter up on top give it a couple good wack’s I do want to make sure that it doesn’t turn Alright
believe I got that taken care Now the next part is to see about where on the
bag that will fit I’ve got a couple little pieces of 2×4 here
then I’ll space in here to hold up the bag to keep it from collapsing while l’m
checking for the area and then what I’m gonna do this at the other end that it
hooks to I’m gonna put it right on there bring this up and line it up making sure
that this here not this direction or that way will bring it up here to where
I kinda of like it this seems kind of comfortable Pull this closed a little bit Make sure it’s about the center and then we can
actually take a ruler and let’s go across the bag in about that area And what do i Have I got about 9
inches so I need about four and a half right there it is and I’m gonna take it
and just put a little pressure and rock it back and forth okay what I’ve got
left here is a little indentation on the leather One minute here Oh there it is I’ve got an individual hole punch
this is a 3/32 which is the same as what’s on my rotary punch here that I’ve
been punching and I’ve got that plot of that two by fours underneath so I’m
gonna line this up tap it with the mall pull that out set it a side Now
take this it comes with a little magnetic or a little plastic piece on
this magnet it makes a little easier to take it apart whenever it’s not fastened
to something I’ll remove these I’m gonna put that right there
now this is a little tricky part on the inside I want to put the cap I don’t
know if you can see inside there that is now I need to take
I need the flap out put this two-by-fours in there and I need to line
this one up with it so as you can see this is where it’s real fun believe I got that Okay the anvil on there I’m going to hold up there kinda Center it give a
couple good (wacks ) One more for good measures That even sounded like it set pretty good
pull the anvil out let’s see if it doesn’t turn remove our two by fours for
our backing now we’ve got that just like it’s your plate there (Snap) There it is !! Okay Now if that being said this is
basically the purse all finished but it just still needs a little bit of
something What I did is I came along and I got a predetermined measurement here
it’s about 5/8 of an inch I come up this direction and I just barely
touch it and then I go from the center of this one over to five eight and I
keep going back and forth and I put little holes just little dimples in the
leather at every one of those spots and I did it all the way this way and all
the way this way What I’m going to do is punch some holes now and I’m gonna
install some crystals little crystal rivets and some little dome studs Be
careful doing this make sure you get right where those little marks are I’ll go all the way around put all those in
Next few minutes just so you’re gonna line them up here this is
just give it a little bit of pizzazz About ten on each side I believe that’s
what I figured out And shortly after we get done with this
we’ll be completed with a awesome little purse Okay
got all the holes done there’s about ten on this side ten on this side now what
I’m going to do I want to start with a little crystal put a little crystal
there and a cap and this all takes a little time then you’re gonna do a stud and this has got a little dome top on it it seems like the smaller they are the
harder they are okay and again we’re gonna go crystal and I’m gonna alternate
back and forth to I’ll get them all finished And you can do all sorts of different
designs you can do the little pyramid stud you can do a little diamond a
little dome these little crystals are a 5 millimeter and they’re clear you can
get the crystals and some different colors which are kind of neat you can
get them in different sizes I have 7 millimeter I have 10 millimeter
these are a little 5 millimeter Lets keep going here Same way with the studs and now this is a a domed I don’t know if you can see but
it’s got a domed shape to this ahead of this rivet instead of a flat rivet like
one of these that we have this is flat you can see it’s kind of flat these were
actually got a dome Know I’ve not set these yet so you’ll see here in a few
moments when we start setting them you can add conchos to them which I’ve
did and those turn out pretty nice put whatever combination you could do all
crystals all studs whatever your little heart content and there’s a lot of
different things out there that you can pick and choose from I just turn around I try to do a little
something different to each every one of them Okay now to set these because they’ve
got a head on and the crystals set the crystals and the domes the domes are a
little bit different than the crystals but the dome we’re gonna use the small
little divot here and I’m gonna put it on it’s on the the bottom of that rivet
on the anvil and then there’s also a setter of course there’s a setter for just
about everything this one has a little dome shape in there that’ll actually sit
on the top of this give it two little wacks and move around to the next one and so on till we finish that up They take a little while but But setting them you go right on through them
takes a little bit to put them in there Oh All right all the domes are set they set
really nice now we’ve got the little crystals takes a little bit different this is a piece of rubber it’s about I
don’t know 1/4″ thick kind of pliable as you can see but they’ve got
this with the different setters for these what we’ll do is we’ll set that
down as you can see all the dimples in there from crystals in the past set that
crystal in there and then it takes the same setter as these little double caps
because that’s basically the same thing that’s on the back I’ll give them a couple of hits That looks pretty good
You want to kinda hit these square on because it will get them too if you get those jams or studs too
long for the thickness of the leather you can bend the post and they will set
crooked Pay attention to that too then I come
out and I kind of give him a little wiggle and make sure they’re all in
their set Good and there you go it’s one side now we’ll repeat the other side start with a crystal I’ll go a little quicker here trying to Oh look at there go a little too quick put the wrong kind in the wrong hole there There’s so little I’m sure you can’t
really see what I’m trying to do here my big old fat fingers it’s the post and cap for the other stud
there’s the cap for the crystal another cap that crystal Post and stud for the other stud Did I do something there Oh there’s the other one Okay Well OKay there it is
the dome setter Got the tool back in my hands after a shot across the shop there
got to make sure we hang on as you can see it shot out pretty good All right
those are done Now let’s set the rivets are the crystals let’s get this strap up here Don’t know why Iam having such a
hard time here I don’t know There We Go Purse for the person that you want to
get a gift to HOPE you’ve enjoyed Here’s some of the colors that I’d actually
made got the orange one here as you can see I’ve got some pyramid studs conchos
magnetic clasp here’s a pink these are all just the dome studs with a different
style of clasp it’s a really what they call that and it just pushes down the
one that we just did with the gem of the little crystals and the dome studs and
then a dark Percel purple this was the aqua and then there’s a dark dark purple
or a purple and it’s got like a blue crystals with a couple conchos in it
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