Customised Leather Vietnamese Textile Bag

Sunday, August 19, 2012

For many months I have been admiring bags made with textiles from Central, South and Native America, as well as boho bags made with woven fabric from South East Asia.  The bags I am particularly fond of, are made with tan or brown leather, mixed with indigenous woven textiles from worldly communities, so vibrant and colourful, adding a touch of global ethnicity to an outfit.


  as seen on yard of girls

Pendleton Wool Pecos Bag by appetite on etsy

Vintage Oversized Peruvian Fabric Satchel by BermudaDream on etsy

Vintage Southwestern Briefcase by my*bijoux on eBay

Having some leftover fabric from my Vietnamese shirt refashion, and the perfect thrifted vintage leather bag, gifted from a friend, I've put the two together, to create my own leather textile bag.

Here's how:

I used some baking paper and a pen, to trace the lines down the middle strip of my bag.

I've used that paper template to cut the appropriate sized piece of fabric, folding over the edges, pinning and machine stitching.

And used my glue gun to glue the fabric strip in place.

And there it is

A fairly subtle leather satchel restyle, which did not cost a cent to do, other than electricity used for the glue gun and sewing machine.  A big cost saving if compared to buying a bag similar to those shown above.

Shared with Ta-dah Tuesday!


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Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh this is just way too clever - the bag looks somehow "unfinished" without the beautiful fabric attached. Now, it looks done! Beautiful:) xo

Stacey said...

Such a cute, simple DIY! I love the result.

Frugal Down Under said...

My handbag straps are looking terrible. I should recover them.

Thanks for the inspiration yet again :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks great. It didn't need much to totally transform your bag.

Blissful & Domestic said...

Hi there! I love your all your Refashions! I blog at Blissful and Domestic. I just started a Refashion Blogger Link List. I would love for you to link up your blog. Thanks so much!

Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

Unknown said...

this is a brilliant idea.. ! I might make something like these too.. ♥

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Hi Erica - sorry I'm so late to comment, I was on my hols without wifi by the time you linked up and am only beginning to catch up! I LOVE this - it looks brilliant and it uses my favourite lazy crafting tool ;-)

Unknown said...

I love the colors. Some of them are similar to Andean incabag style form Southamerica.

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