My daughter-in-law asked me to make her a cross-body bag. I decided to make her the Gatherer Bag by Anna of Noodle-head . It's a free pattern on the Robert Kaufman website. Anna's patterns are always so good and easy to follow.
I had fun using an old leather jacket that I found in our closet. My son had bought it from a thrift store years ago, but was no longer wearing it, so I asked if I could cut it up. It was fun to re-use the leather for the accent pieces on this bag. I actually removed the pockets and re-used them, pleats and all, to make the front flap and the inside pocket.
I even made tassels and sewed them to the ends of the strap.
I used the leather for the fun little details of Anna's pattern, like the piping on the front pocket edge.Sometimes I impress myself...look at the perfect matching of the pattern on the fabric!
I added crosshatch quilting to the front pocket and the back of the bag.
The biggest change I made to the pattern was to make the strap from the upcycled leather. I used the technique I learned from Lindsey a few years ago when I made this bag. I cut two strips of leather 2"x30" and sewed them together to make one long strip of fabric. Then I folded the leather in half over a piece of clothesline weight rope and stitched two rows of stitching as close to the rope as I could get. Then I trimmed away the excess leather. FYI: When sewing with leather you must use a size 18 leather needle and upholstery thread when threading the top thread. In the bobbin you need to use polyester thread. Natural leather will disintegrate cotton thread.