I used black leather from an old jacket, lining fabric from the same jacket and some basic cotton fabric from IKEA. The cotton fabric is not necessary at all, but the leather I used is waaay to thin and floppy for my taste, I did want the bag to be quite slouchy, but still have some sturdiness to it. So, I used the IKEA fabric on the back of the bag’s leather, it actually worked really well.
I think I have said this before, but my math skills are zero and I am super lazy, so many times I make patterns for bags by folding paper. It is actually quite smart since you get pieces that match up exactly with each other. The bag’s front and back had to be divided into three parts as I did not have big enough pieces to make the bag’s sides in only one piece covering the entire surface. Using only one chunk of leather for the entire bag would have been cool though, but this blog is about re-purposing stuff, so… yeah.
Before sewing together the front and back pieces I made sure to mark out how much of the top I wanted to leave out for the drawstring casing, in my case around 7 cm (or 3 inches).
I made the lining for my bag using the lining fabric from the same jacket I got the leather. I did not have pieces big enough for the lining either, so I had to make the lining from smaller parts as well. Yeeeah!!! Saving money!!! :P
I basically just put the lining into the bag and attached it by folding over the top, making the casing for the drawstrings at the same time!
For the two drawstrings I used smaller parts from the jacket, measuring about 5 cm (2 inches) wide. I made them quite long too, maybe too long, but I want the bag to rest comfortably on my shoulder… Besides, making the drawstrings shorter later on will be easy. Anyway, this is how I made the drawstrings. Note that I had to lengthen them by sewing together several parts. I used zigzag stitch to add the pieces together.
And then I just folded and sewed them shut.
I pulled the two drawstrings through the casings.
After that I just had to sew them shut and the bag was complete!
I will definitely use this bag a lot this summer!