Monday, 11 April 2016

HIPPO HOBO BAG Design by Emkie Designs

Hippo Hobo Bag design is by Emkie Designs.

I have a leather factory about 40 mins from home, and on my way past one day I dropped in and they had this beautiful small hide of red leather in the "not so perfect bin", as it has some small marks in random places. so of course I purchased it and waited and waited to I found the perfect bag to create with it.
When Emkie Designs published the Hippo Hobo I just knew I had the right design to use my special piece of leather. I had also been saving this navy blue volcano print decor weight fabric, and yes, what a perfect pairing.
I only changed one small thing. I made my leather strap adjustable as I do like to carry my bags across my body.
Purchasing my hardware as a set from Handbag Hardware OZ on Etsy, was a breeze, oh and it arrived the day after I ordered it! 
The interfacing, decor weight and leather make this a very sturdy bag, while maintaining its "coolness".
I cost all bags I make on a very flash spreadsheet I created for myself, and this one came in quite expensive due to the leather. I can and will make this bag again and will take custom orders, however  I won't be able to include leather as the trim due to the cost. I do have some faux leather and faux suede, which would look awesome. 
You know the drill, leave me a note right here on my blog and I will get back to you with fabric choices and costs. 

Friday, 8 April 2016

One gift ... one to sell Large totes

This very large tote is handcrafted in a beautiful cream water resistant canvas and a blue/grey heavy weight cotton in a tipi print. The handles are a heavy weight cotton strapping, the  interior has one zip pocket, the outside has two slip pockets. This tote has a black heavy zip closure and bag feet have been added for extra strength.
This large tote can be made to order

I did this Portside duffle design from Grainline Studio  for the best girl in the world, my daughter. I did this one in decor weight in Kauffman Geo Pop Canvas and cotton duck fabric. This bag is large and has both short handles and one long adjustable strap. This pattern called for a drop in, sew in lining.  OMG that was hand stitched drop in lining, this is so not my favourite this to do. Lucky this was a gift, and I don't think I will offers to take custom orders for this one.