Longhorn Leather Bag
Staci Schubert demonstrates her process for making her stylish longhorn leather bag.
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It was an accidental discovery of a leather remnant sale that set a spunky Staci Schubert on the right path, combining all of her creative skills to produce distinctive and stylish leather handbags.
Materials and Tools:
Italian leather cowhide
Italian pig suede
selected hardware, o-ring for the flap, two rings for the handle strap
rivet-setting machine, double-cap rivets and crystal rivets
fabric for pocket
leather hole punch and rubber mallet
scissors, marker, masking tape
rotary cutter and cutting mat
wooden or plastic cutting board
iron and ironing board
white acrylic paint
black and red pigment powder
1. Trace the purse templates for the front, back and sides, onto the suede for the purse lining.
2. Cut out the longhorn leather bag pieces using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Cut the zipper slit in the front lining.
3. Punch rivet holes along the sides and bottom of the lining pieces with a leather hole punch and mallet.
4. Cut two pieces of fabric to size to make the inside pocket.
5. Fold under each piece of fabric 3/4-inch for the pocket. Machine-stitch the zipper between the two pieces of fabric along the folded edges.
6. With wrong sides together, align the opening in the suede front lining with the zipper and stitch around the zipper.
7. Fold the pocket fabric pieces right sides together with the zipper at the top. Fold back the suede lining so it doesn't catch in the pocket seams and stitch the three side seams of the pocket. Trim away the excess fabric beyond the seams.
8. Longhorn Leather Bag Exterior:
- Using the purse templates for the front, back and sides, trace around them onto the leather cowhide for the outside of the purse.
- Punch the rivet holes along the sides and bottom using a leather hole punch and mallet.
- Cut the strap from black leather.
- Cut the strap attachment pieces from the cowhide to match the outside of the purse.
9. Longhorn Leather Bag Decor:
- Apply the cow design to the front cowhide piece of the purse using the cow stencil.
- Mix white acrylic paint with red metallic powder and stencil the design onto the cowhide.
- Apply red metallic powder over the acrylic paint to darken the color.
- Apply red swirl designs and black dots around the stenciled image with a paintbrush.
- Outline the cow design with black paint.
- Stencil a cow on the back of the purse. Let dry.
11. Glue the top edges of the cowhide outside pieces to the suede lining pieces using white glue. Machine-stitch the top edges together where they were glued using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
12. Place the corresponding suede lining and cowhide outside pieces with wrong sides together.
13. Put the purse together using rivets pushed through the pre-punched holes attached with a rivet-setting machine. Leave the center holes along the sides open for the lacing process.
14. Weave leather laces through the open holes in the sides of the longhorn bag and tie off with a bead and a knot.
15. Add the side hardware rings for the shoulder strap using rivets and two short strips of matching cowhide for each ring. String the shoulder strap through each ring and secure it with two rivets on each side.
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