Each creative process begins with an inventive idea and that imagination can be brought to reality through a simple process of expression with help of pen and papers.
Individuals around the world are aware that constructing a purse from scratch can be quite similar to constructing a house as a person requires various components such as foundation, windows, doors, walls, dormers, and a roof frame to completely construct the entire structure. Similarly, a purse requires various elements that combinedly forms a lavish purse. However, it's essential for people before to acquire all the knowledge and an action plan to obtain the results that they envisioned. In addition, after having an action plan it's crucial to combine the right elements to craft a luxurious leather purse. It's tremendously important for a craftsman to work step by step. For instance, sewing a pocket into the lining right after the bag is finished is not exceptional. Crafting a purse gives an individual the liberty of choosing if he wants the seams at the center of the ends or on the corners. Similarly, the latter choice allows an end pouch to be sewn onto the end before everything is modeled together, whereas the former can be done only after assembly.
What are the steps for crafting a leather purse?
Selection of the right materials
There are varieties of sources to learn crafting techniques, including manuals, online tutorials, and good old-fashioned apprenticeship. After acquiring leather a craftsman must cut carefully measured templates out of card or paper and apply them on your hide for precision cutting.
Carving with tools
Once your leather pieces are ready, it is time to carve an image onto them. As mentioned before, it is always good to have all your visual ideas on a paper before you physically do anything to the hide. Use a mist spray bottle or a wet sponge to dampen the leather you plan to tool your design onto. With utensils, such as a stylus or biro, you can carefully trace the outlines of your drawings, which are later cut out with a swivel knife to bring out your custom manual design.
Coloring of leather
First, test your dye on some scrap pieces you’ve got lying around. There are different application methods to choose from so a little trial and error can help you determine your further steps without having to rethink your strategy. Heavy applications will not just saturate and darken the leather but it can also leave streak marks, which you do not want unless your design says otherwise. Cotton rags for lighter application will, however, give you much more control with your colors, especially if you aim to two-tone your leather.
Lining of fabric
There are many fabrics to choose from, depending on your tastes and budget if you decide to line the inside of your bag. Not only does these fabrics have that elegant suede feel and come in a variety of colors, but they also are incredibly tough. Use contact adhesive to line the pieces together and lace or stitch them so that the bag stays fastened and secured.
Straps of bags
Finally, no piece, such as a leather tote or messenger bag, would be complete without straps to grab hold of. They can be sewn onto the sides of a buckle or gusset and secured using rivets. As for the belt, it is not a necessary part of the leather bag but it definitely gives allure and style to the piece.