Faux Stone Washed Leather Bag
If James Dean wore a purse, I think it would look something like this. A little rugged, rough around the edges with just enough metal for a rebel. But this vinyl has a softness and roomy comfort a female can appreciate. The fabric’s dark fuzzy backing is ideal for construction where the raw edges of the pockets are not hidden. They’re right out there adding to the texture of the hunky stone washed look. Two zipped pockets with special shiny pulls accentuate the theme. There are six outer pockets in all. Pockets inside? That’s up to you.
All pieces are cut from vinyl unless otherwise indicated.
- zipper stop pieces - .50” x 1” - cut four
- straps - 2.50” x 16.75” cut two
- strap loops - 2” x 3” - cut eight
- Bottom back pocket - 5.50” x 8” - cut two
- Bottom back pocket facing - 11” x 1 5/8”
- Bottom front pocket - 5.50” x 6.50” - cut two
- Bottom front pocket facing - 11” x 1 5/8”
- Synthetic Header lining & Cotton lining - 15.75” x 13.25” - cut two from each fabric
- Outer bag - 15.75” by 31.25”
- Bottom support cardboard - 11.50” x 3”
Step 12 - Sew center vertical pocket seams and across pocket bottoms with wrong sides of pockets against right side of bag.
step 15 - With wrong side of pocket against right side of bag, sew the bottom of pocket to the bag across the width by aligning the pocket bottom with the marks made in step 4.
Step 18 - Back Pocket Sew back pocket in the same way as the lower front pocket. Optional - Sew diagonally across the corners for reinforcement.
Step 19 - Side & Corner Seams
Sew side seams of bag, right sides together, with a 5/8" allowance.
step 22 - Sew the lining side seams right sides together with 5/8" seam allowance. Create the bottom corners as with the outer bag in step19. Sew the header lining in the same way.
step 24 - Insert the header lining into the outer bag with right sides of header lining to wrong side of outer bag. Pin to hold in place.
step 25 - Insert the cotton lining into the bag with its wrong side against the header lining. Pin facing to bag, wrong sides together.
step 28 - Assembly
Stitch the wrong side of facing to the wrong side of the outer bag along the entire top edge with a 1/8” seam allowance. Reinforce stitching across loops.
step 29 - Attach a safety pin to the end of a strap and insert it through a loop. Repeat this with all four strap ends. Strap ends should extend .75" beyond the loop. Glue a metal cap on the strap ends with E6000 glue.
step 31 - Mark the placement for the clasp on the front and back lining. Insert the clasp prongs and secure them through the fabric and cardboard.
step 32 - Place the 3” cardboard into the bottom of the bag pushing it into place and defining the bottom corners.
step 33 - Hand or machine stitch the bottom opening in the head liner then the cotton lining.
At Fabric Store
- Vinyl with soft backing - 3/4 yard
- Headliner fabric (for shaping) 1/2 yard
- Cotton Lining 1/2 yard + more for pockets
- Heavy interfacing (if you are adding pockets to the lining)
- Stay tape 1.50” wide
- Two metal zippers 7”
- .50” piping cord - 1 yard
- Metallic clasp
- mat board or cardboard
- Craft Knife
- E6000 glue
- Miscellaneous sewing notions
- Silver dome caps with 5/8” opening - 4