OCTOBER 21, 2019 IN BAG MAKING, BOOK, SEWING AND CONSTRUCTION, TUTORIAL, PDF PATTERN
Welcome to my newest pattern, The Poppy Convertible Tote. Poppy is at once classic and modern. A beautiful leather tote that easily cinches to a classic shoulder bag. Featuring comfortable cotton webbing straps, an interior pocket plus hardware that functions as both clasp and optional cross-body strap holder.
LEARN TO SEW A LEATHER BAG
Poppy is the perfect bag for learning to sew with leather. It has few seams and best of all- it doesn’t require fitting! Speaking of leather, it is time that you start shopping so that you can get started on your bag. You will need about 7.5 square feet (0.7 m2) of cow hide with an approximate weight of 2-3 ounces for this bag. Cow hide is much stiffer than some other skins such as lamb or goat. That stiffness is needed to hold the shape. The leather for my bags is from Leather Suede Skins, Inc. in NYC. Call and ask for Faina. She will help you select the ideal leather for your bag. Alternately, you can find leather online or a local specialty store.
FREE PDF PATTERN DOWNLOAD AND TUTORIAL
The PDF Version of the Poppy Convertible Tote is available now for instant downloading. It is formatted for printing at home on standard 8.5 x 11” or A5 paper. The PDF is 31 pages, 9 of which include the pattern. The rest is all instruction, tips and techniques. This pattern was designed to be made along with my book, Sew Bags: The Practical Guide to Making Purses, Totes, Clutches & More; 13 Skill-Building Projects.
This pattern is a long time coming, and I am so happy to finally be launching it. You can look forward to a sew along in the coming weeks.
I hope that you enjoy this pattern and learn a new skill or two. Please share your pictures- I can’t wait to see your finished bag.