HANDMADE COUTURE: Make This Look - A Leather Crossbody Bag

1/08/2018 10:50:00 AM

Like the look of designer bags but not the price tag? Do you find yourself staring at bags in stores, on TV and in the wild and wonder how to recreate that look? You are in luck! The Handmade Couture series is for you! We show you how to get the same high end designer look at a realistic price, using existing sewing patterns from some of your favorite designers, Emmaline Hardware and fabrics and materials that are easy to source. Today, we are going to show yhow to recreate this Shinola Medium Field Crossbody:

The Shinola is a gorgeous high end crossbody style bag that transitions easily from day to night. It measures 12"W x 4"D x 13.5"H, has a flap closure, an adjustable strap and the lining features zip pockets, slip pockets and a card divider. You can own this beautiful bag for 795 USD. 

Like the look of the Shinola? Lets be our own brand. 

Pattern + Hardware + Fabric= Handmade Couture


The Sew Sweetness Hyacinth Bag is the perfect pattern to use to recreate the look of the Shinola. Finished Size: 11” long x 12” tall x 2” deep. The Hyacinth has some of the same great organizational features as our designer inspiration bag including the card dividers and zippered pockets within easy reach and boast the same great shape with a similar size. 


1.5” Metal slider:

1.5” Rectangular Ring:

The Tannery NYC has us covered again! You can scoop up this great Black Cowhide Leather to get the high end look of our designer bag. (Remember, Emmaline followers get 10% off purchases of 50 USD or more at The Tannery NYC using code: EMMALINEBAGS)

Not a fan of leather, no worries! You can use a high quality faux leather to get the same look. Try this Faux leather in Raven from Sew Sweetness:

Have you tried sewing with cork fabric? It’s a great alternative to leather and faux leathers and is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. It is available from Sew Sweetness in the US and MM Cork Supply in Canada.

You can choose to do this in whatever fabric you are comfortable working with! A fun cotton print, canvas or even denim! That's the benefit of creating your own, it's what YOU want it to be. Handmade can be couture too!

Photos and content provided and written for Emmaline Bags by Cyndi Farfsing, from The Nosy Pepper. Cyndi's blog is chock is full of more bag photos and make making tips. Check out her bag series "It's in the Bag! Better Bag Making Series," to learn a ton of new bag making skills.
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