I am falling in love with the idea of creating things with leather. I found this piece of leather at G Street Fabrics in Rockville, Maryland. They are having a fabulous sale right now that can’t be passed up! In fact I am eyeing a Bernina machine that is on sale as well.. anyway I needed a good size Black leather clutch for a long time and to see this piece of patent embossed piece — was a must have. It was a really large piece in which I utilized a great space of it, I lined it with a cotton/silk lining and interfaced the lining versus the actual piece of leather. Although I did do a test piece of leather and I fused the interfacing to the leather, I thought it would be better to do the first option.
Stitching this required longer stitch lengths, and a walking foot. I used Gutterman’s polyester thread and a regular all-purpose needle.
I measured the size I wanted onto pattern paper, then transferred to to the leather, the interfacing, then the lining. I also cut a square lining pocket for the inside just to give it a more “professional look.”
I then measured the front 10” from the bottom and marked it with chalk, I stitched down that line. Then measured and marked another 10” to the back section and stitched down that line. The rest of 5” is the flap. I then stitched up each side 5/8, tacked each end. Then stitched around the flap, trimmed close to the edge of the stitching. I then cut a 1” strip the length of the flap folded it over and stitched across the edge just for decoration purposes.
I used fray check around all the edges just so the little lining threads do not fray. I will be looking for some other kind leather edge sealer to put on the sides.
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