Handbag Hardware 4/21/2017 10:24:00 AM
The Large Kate is a chic, classic crossbody bag that is perfect for a night out. This bag measures 11" wide x 7.8" tall x 2.5" deep and features an elegant chain strap, a magnetic snap closure and an interior slip pocket. It's made from a luxurious calfskin leather and you can own this beauty for 2,290 USD.
Like the look of the Kate? Lets be our own brand.
Pattern + Hardware + Fabric= Handmade Couture
The original pattern showcases a beatiful pieced flap but picture it in a solid or with a leather, it's a match to our inspiration bag at 11" wide x 7" high x 3" deep. With a few simple changes we can recreate the Kate Satchel. The pattern has a template for you to cut the rounded edges of the flap, we can simply omit cutting the curves to keep the shape in line with our inspiration bag.
Staying true to our inspiration bag, we can use the single link purse chain in the 26" length. This particular chain is strong enough to hold up to carrying a bit more than the "fancy link" that is also available. The fancy will fit through the grommets, but it is not as strong as the single link (and doesn't have quite the same look as our inspiration bag).
If you wanted to recreate our inspiration Kate, you could use some pebble grained leather in black. Like this one, which is available here.
If you would rather not work with real leather, there are a lot of alternatives such as this faux leather, available here:
Another great option is natural cork fabric, which is available from MM Cork Supply in Canada or from Sew Sweetness in the US. You can get cork in a various colors and finishes, like this black:
Or if you are feeling extra fancy, why not black cork with gold flecks?
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.