Making my own bag is where EL HOBO all started. I couldn’t find the sort of bag I wanted so decided to make my own. So many people comment and ask me where I got it and if I would make one for them. The SUNDANCE bag was my first design,a crossbody bag with long tassels and no metal clasps or fastenings. The design is really simple, made up of two pieces incorporating the strap into the body therefore less seams. The fringing panels are added to the seams and a front closure flap if needed. I don’t line the bags as when the leather is soft they hang and move better without it.
I use secondhand leather taken from old coats and discarded leather sofas. The sofas have a wealth of good useable leather that has a fabulous lived in look from years of use. I also like to use many other used textiles such as crochet, patchwork and rugs to make bags. Rugs make great bags as they are strong and durable and have fabulous texture.
HOW THEY ARE MADE
I have an Industrial walking foot sewing machine. That can cope with all the leather and strong textiles that I use. Hand stitching some of the leather bags as this adds to the ‘handmade look’. I have metal stamps to create patterns and leather paint to add designs. Leather is used to whipstitch edges and I cut all my own fringing and tassels.