Do it Yourself Handcrafted Designer Leather Handbag
We asked Toronto designer Christine Vonbun to explain what it takes to make one of her luxury handbags. She is clear that top-quality leather and access to the right tools and machinery are essential to the production of her purses.
Handcrafting Leather Bags
Vonbun uses a walking-foot sewing machine designed for leather. Each stage of production requires a selection of hand tools; including traditional double-facetted knives for cutting and specialised skiving knives for thinning the leather at the ends. Vonbun uses a fishbone knife for turning the leather edges, along with a variety of pliers, hammers, small screwdrivers and chisels.
Each handbag requires some glueing, which means different adhesives for separate parts of the process.
The most important piece for hand working is a large soft flat stone, according to Vonbun it must be a fine sandstone – her’s came from her Master in Vienna.
So, what are the steps to handcraft a designer handbag?
1. Leather selection
2. Cutting the leather
3. Thinning the edges
4. Gluing sections
5. Stitching pieces
6. Joining parts together
7. Creating the liner and adding fasteners
8. Inserting the liner and top stitching the two pieces together
9. Adding straps
10. Final Product
And, if you work on one ostrich leather bag at a time that process might take 12 hours. Are you still considering a DIY project of making your own handbag? Maybe you should shop designer fashion instead!