Over last weekend I quietly added leather handles to my shop! This has been such a long time coming. I’ve been working on this project for almost a year now, so to finally be able to offer them is so exciting and very much a relief.
Ever since working on my book projects in 2014 I’ve had a thing for using leather in my sewing projects (it goes back even further to this tutorial in 2011 actually). I love how durable leather is and so beautiful at the same time. Leather and bag making go together extremely well – obviously. It’s the perfect complement to any fabric! I wanted to be able to offer a high quality product that I know and can trust.
While I’ve always done my best to source and share product info for my patterns in the past, it can be difficult to communicate what products I love and use. So I went down the rabbit hole of leather (it was a pleasurable, but long trip). And that brings me here, where I’m finally able to offer a couple leather handle options you can purchase right in my shop. I have two lengths and two color options to choose from, most carefully put together from past bag making experience. The Market Bag (from my book, Handmade Style) and Caravan Tote + Pouch Pattern both use these 1″ wide handles. Plus stay tuned for more new patterns and free tutorials coming up!
I give some tips for sewing with these in the listing, as well as the properties of each type of leather so be sure to check that out. Don’t forget that you can attach handles using rivets, it’s so much easier than you might think, plus I have a step-by-step photo tutorial right here.
For now, there will be limited stock until I can get a good grasp on what everyone likes and uses. I will also be adding some more handle variations and goodies to the shop soon, too! Stick around! So again, my goal in all this is to be able to share quality products that I use and trust and hopefully make it easier to get supplies you need for my patterns and tutorials (or anything else you might want to make, too!).
Thanks to all of you in this wonderful sewing community! This feels like a super scary step for me, but I hope it’ll be great. [Insert cringy faced emojis here.]