Blue Stripe

My sister’s birthday was coming up, and since she liked my first handmade box bag, I decided to make her one for her birthday, with slight design changes of course.

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First I cut and dyed the leather. My little dyeing station/ cutting room is kind of makeshift-y, but alas–that’s studio apartment livin’ for ya. I had actually planned on dyeing the whole bag blue, but I underestimated just how much dye is needed, so I ended up having just enough for the sides and the middle stripe.

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Since I now have a stash of fun-colored thread from my recent hoarding spree, I thought it would be cute to have contrast stitching for this bag. This bright, rich orange color worked best with both the blue and the camel leather.

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Hours pass this way.

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And finally, the completed box bag. I used a different clasp than the first box bag, as well as a slightly thinner leather. Although it functions fine, I think I prefer the thicker leather used with the first one, since it held its shape better and just felt sturdier to me overall.

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But since this is a small shoulder bag and not a giant weekender, this thinner leather should do just fine.

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I also cut out a groove into the leather so the stitches would “sit” in it. The effect is quite interesting too. It doesn’t have the same ‘slant’ as my usual stitch.

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Detachable, adjustable shoulder straps too, of course.

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HBD.

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