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Thursday
Nov082012

DIY // Canvas Leather Tote

 

After making many leather geometric necklaces, I still had lots of leather left! I don't like to waste anything, so I wanted to use it in another project. Also, I've been looking for a big canvas tote that I can haul with me to markets and estate sales. I didn't have one that was very sturdy, so I thought that leather straps would be the perfect addition to this bag. I hope you like it too! 

*If you enjoy this tutorial, please pin on pinterest with the caption Kollabora All Summit Challenge, it may help me win a trip to Alt Summit! Thanks so much!*

Supplies: 

- 1/2 yard of blue canvas

- 1/2 yard of gray canvas

- scraps of leather at least 28" long and 1.5" wide - old belts would also work really well! 

- 4 top gold snaps

- thread, sewing machine, scissors, chalk, iron, 

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1. Cut a 17" x 17" square from the blue canvas. Cut two 11" x 17" rectangles from the gray canvas. If you have a rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat, use these to easily cut out the blocks. If you do not have these on hand, mark the lines with chalk and then cut with scissors.   

2. Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew together the blocks as shown. Press the seams open. Now top stitch the seam. To do this sew on the right side of the fabric, 1/4" from the seam on both sides. This finishes the seam and makes the seam lie flat.  

3. Hem the top of the bag. Iron 1/4" seam down, then fold & iron the seam 3/8" and press. Sew. 

4. Fold the "bag" in half, make sure to line up the colored sections. Pin. Sew the side seams with a 1/2" seam. 

5. To make gussets, keeping the bag inside out, pinch on corner of the bag mark 2" from tip to form a triangle, mark with chalk. Sew where line is marked. Repeat for other side. Turn inside out and you now have a bag! I don't trim the gussets as they helps the bag stand up. 

6. Make handles! Cut two 28" by 1.5" of leather from scraps or use a belt. On the top of the tote, mark where you'd like the handles. I marked mine 2" down from the top, and at 5" and 11" mark. To poke holes, the easiest way is to snip a small hole with the tip of the scissors. 

7. I only attached the front snaps to each of the handles. Punch a hole in the leather, attach the snaps to secure leather to canvas, hammer secure. Repeat three more times to each end of the handle.  

Viola & Enjoy!

Saturday
Oct272012

DIY // Leather Geometric Necklaces

Have you heard of the new site, Kollabora?! It's an online community of makers, they are making an awesome site where you can share projects, inspiration, and gather supplies. All crafts related to jewelry, knitting, and sewing are featured on Kollabora. They have many inspiring projects, check it out!

How does this relate to this tutorial? Well, they are hosting a contest (along with Bernina) for a change to win a ticket to Alt Summit (and the opportunity to teach a design camp)! After experiencing Alt last year, I know that this would be such an amazing experience and I would love to have this opportunity! If you love this DIY and would like to help me win, pin your favorite picture from this post on pinterest with the caption Kollabora Alt Summit. Thank you so much! 

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Ever since I went to Oregon Leather Supply in Portland, I've fallen in love with leather. For the first time, I saw so many interesting shades and textures of leather. Leather is so easy to use and durable, it made for the perfect material for this special project!  Also lately, I've been inspired by the patterns of Pendleton wool and Native American art.  Here's a fun do it yourself project that combines these two elements. Make these three necklaces or use your creativity! There are endless possibilities and combinations to this simple project.

Here's what you'll need: 

// Scraps of Leather // Eyelets // Jewelry Chain // Jump Rings & Lobster Claws //

- Decide on pattern and shape of necklace. I found it most helpful to draw out the design on paper, then to make a paper template of the shapes. For the triangle necklace, using graph paper helps to draw perfect triangles. Cut out the paper templates. 

- Trace the paper templates on the back of the leather. A ball point pen is the easiest to use. Cut the leather shapes out with scissors. 

- Connect the shapes with eyelets and jump rings. If you're making your own design, make sure that each shape is connected to another shape.  Using a hole punch that you can hammer, while working on a self-healing mat, hammer a 3/8" hole into the leather. 

- Place an eyelet in the hole. On the back side of the eyelet, fit the setter in the hole and hammer lightly. The metal will coil back and secure itself to the leather. 

- Using needlenose pliers, open the jump rings and attach shapes to one another. Attach a jump ring to the end of each leather arrangement, then attach chain to your desired length. 

- If desired, attach a lobster clasp in the middle of the chain. On one side of the chain, attach a small jump ring to the chain and place the lobster claw in the jump ring and then close it. On the other side of the chain, attach a large jump ring. This makes closing the necklace much easier! 

Variations: 

Paint it! // Chevron Gold - Use masking tape to type off patterns on the leather. Using acrylic or fabric paint, apply a thin layer of paint with a foam brush. Allow one hour to dry. Remove tape. 

Charms! // Asymmetric Circles - Attach metal charms to the leather. Simply use needle and thread. Knot the end of the thread, starting from the back stitch two loops, and knot to secure. 

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Special thanks to Courtney Smith of All Burnt Up for the beautiful photography!