Handbag Christmas Gifts

I made three handbags as gifts to give at Christmas.

The first was a Jenna Tote bag I made for my mom.  The pattern is from SOTAK Handmade.  I've made it before (see it here) and love the size and construction.  I used pre-quilted fabric remnants from Joann Fabric and webbing for straps.  I was really happy with the way this one turned out.

The second bag was this embossed leather clutch for my sister-in-law.  I purchased the leather as a remnant from The Leather Hide Store.  I love how unique it is.  It is a fairly stiff leather, so maybe not ideal for a foldover clutch.  The pattern was a basic design I drafted myself.  I used fabric from Cultivate by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining.

The third bag was for another sister-in-law and was another foldover clutch that I designed myself (tutorial anyone?).  It is larger in size, has a straighter zipper (instead of the angled edges), and a hand strap.  I used Cotton and Steel (Stampede in navy from the August collection) fabric for the exterior and a solid cotton or the lining.  This leather is also part of a remnant from The Leather Hide Store.  It is super soft and was great for the clutch.  Sadly, my picture of it stinks. 


  1. I'm so impressed you drafted your own patterns for gift giving. I rarely give myself enough time to make handmade gifts, let allow drafting them myself.
    The second bag is especially cool. I learned that the embossed pattern is after a stingrays skin last fall. I just find it very interesting.

    1. I only designed the second two - and they were not too complicated. I never give myself enough time, so that translates into very late nights/mornings!

      I told my husband it was stingray leather and he was like, "Um, that is not a thing." Ha! So I clarified to say - embossed like a stingray. I love it. I can't wait to use what I have left for another project. The remnants are a good size. I could probably make 4 bags from each remnant.


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