DIY – Upcycling an old leather coat into a leather bag!

Hello all,

I wanted to share something with you for a long time!, actually I have made this DIY over the summer!, it has been on my to do list for a long time and yesterday I came up to this picture and decided you might want to have a look at this! I made this bag…
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out of this old leather coat!

Big leather coat

Well I actually used the back only and one arm for the strap

Big leather coat 2

You must agree with me that although the coat isn’t nice the leather is beautiful!, I love leather! and I feel really strong about textile waste so I made myself this little number! and you know what is the best part?, I used my domestic sewing machine! ha!

Anyway here I explained how I made it I hope you enjoy it and inspires you to think of making something out of something you were just about to discard.

First of all, I had a good look at the coat and decided which panels I was going to use. I unpicked the back

Back of the coat

and made a very simple template for my bag in brown paper, place on my panel and trace it with a silver leather pen (you can always use any textile markers, just be sure to test them first on a little piece)

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Remember the collar?, I kind of liked it, so I cut it off and used it as the flat for the front pocket

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I sew all the edges so it will have a good finished, noticed my plastic foot on my sewing machine, makes sewing leather a breeze…

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I cut and glued a shape for the front pocket, glued and sewn the flap for the pocket as well, I needed some muscle so I got my crochet magazines to help me!

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Cut a few straps for the rings and the handles, again glue them and sew them,

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I plated the handle strap, it just looks nice!

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I cut two pieces for the lining with the same pattern, I choose this brilliant african women print from Alexander Henry I think… I also put it a very large inside leather pocket

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Marked and sew the rings to the bag

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And with right sizes of the bag and lining facing each other I sew them together, remember to leave an opening at the bottom of the lining to turn your bag around.

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And I think that is more or less it!, I am very happy with my bag, I have been using it solid since I made it.

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I love all the raw edges as well, it reminds me of all the processes I had to do to get there. Anyway if you like this DIY please share the love, pin it, facebook it, tweet it… Hasta la proxima!