I had just been telling a friend that I’d love to get my hands on some leather to use for purse straps, and then I was browsing the pants aisle in Goodwill and saw these:
Lots of beautiful, black, thin leather, perfect for cutting up and sewing! I was so excited! For my first project, I made myself a new purse with a leather handle. I used the waistband, because I liked the stitched, finished look.
I used some fabric that I got from my sister-in-law when she was cleaning out her stash, and I love it. I don’t know what you call it, but the lighter part feels like linen, and the black parts like velvet. (Aunt Judy or Mom F., if you know the name of that kind of fabric, can you enlighten me?)
The pattern I used for the bag is a free pattern, called the Phoebe bag. You can download it here.
I’m lovin’ my new purse!