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Homemade Messenger Bag

I guestimated where to start, so a paper mock up helped me figure the dimensions. First, I taped lots of pieces of paper together. From that, I cut two rectangles of paper and a long strip that would go in between them. I taped the pieces of paper together and played with the measurements.

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I like the raw cardboard/duct tape look that I came up with. However, you can have a more polished look to your bag. In the fabric section, they have iron on patch compound. It comes on a roll, with a plasticy material on a kind of wax paper. The compound melts under an iron and holds materials together (like hot glue, but in sheet form).

Using the manufacturer’s instructions, iron the material onto your fabric, allow to cool, then peel the paper off. michael kors outlet Place the fabric on the cardboard, patch material touching the cardboard/duct tape. Situate the fabric how you want it before you iron it on you may want to fold the edges of the fabric underneath so they don’t show. If you fold it, you will need some more compound on the underside of the fold so it will stick to the bag as well.

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Homemade Makeup Bags

In this clip I’m going to show you how to insert a zipper into your make up bag. I personally love to put in zippers I have a really full proof easy way to do it and it just makes it fun, I know a lot of people are put off by attaching zippers because they think it’s really difficult, but it really isn’t. The first thing you want to michael kors outlet do is line up your right sides together, once you have that you want to go ahead and pin along the top and take your zipper and you just want to measure where the zipper begins and where it ends. And what I like to do is just add an extra pin just to remind myself where the zipper is going to end and where it starts. Now the fist thing we’re going to do with stitching is we’re just going to do a simple base stitch and that’s going to hold the two pieces of fabrics together so we can put in a zipper a lot easier. And what I do is just put a 4 i michael kors outlet nch stitch length, change it to straight stitch and just simply go to one side to the other and because it’s a basing stitch you don’t have to back tack which means just going back and forth just to secure your stitching. I just based about of an inch in, so once that’s done, take out your pins, open up your piece and just stick your zipper in from the back side and when you put in the zipper you’re going to make sure that the little zipper pull is actually facing upward. So just put it up, put in a couple pins to secure and then turn it over to the right side and what you want to michael kors outlet do is make sure that the teeth of the zipper if perfectly up against the seam. So from the right side you’re actually going to pin the zipper to your piecetake out the pins from the back and just secure michael kors outlet them onto the front. And you’re just going to go all the way down and pin it, turning on the back side every so, every inch or so just to make sure that your teeth are lined up and just keep going all the way to the bottom. Now this zipper is a little bit longer than our make up bag, but that’s not to worry, what we’re just going to do is once we stitch this zipper in we’re going to go in and make it extra little stitch just to secure it so that zipper pull won’t go any further than that.

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Homemade leather conditioners for a Coach purse

I can only answer 2. I just handwashed a vintage leather coach bag two weeks ago. The leather conditioner made a difference, but not an “oh my goodness, I am so amazed” difference. So, I would definitely just use it tomorrow without conditioning, if you can’t find a substitute before then. I found that the leather tanning process Coach uses makes the leather supple and nice, that it looks really nice after washing. (And, by handwashing, I mean, in a sink full of tepid water and Eucalan for 15 minutes. So pretty heavy duty.)

posted by umwhat at 7:47 AM on April 25 [1 favorite]

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1) It’s not recommended. Sometimes I do use vegetable oil or olive oil anyway, and the worst that has happened is that it was difficult to get it to spread around evenly and some stickiness remained.

2) Conditioning won’t make it shiny like patent leather. Think of it like moisturizing dry skin.

posted by Bentobox Humperdinck at 7:48 AM on April 25 [1 favorite]

Ok that sounds reasonable. Will wait on conditioning. Will find a mink and barter oil for food with the critter.

After washing, the sturdy black bag looks great.

The jury is still out on the michael kors outlet hot pink leather bag, also in sturdyish leather. I will take that one to the pros next week if it still looks dirty.

When I pulled out the third bag I noticed it has a small but noticeable ink stain on it. The bag is soft tan leather. The internet suggests isopropyl alcohol on qtip. I am not sure that is worth the risk. Thoughts?

Apologies for the appearance of threadsitting.

posted by vincele at 8:10 AM on April 25

Oils tend to darken leather and actually make it less shiny it can also take a little while to soak in which if you need the bag tomorrow might not be great as it can come off on clothes. The best way to make leather shiny is wi michael kors outlet th a soft cloth or brush and to dry buff it lightly, the softer the leather the less vigorously you’ll want to buff it. I don’t think a good leather handbag needs much oiling unless you are exposing it to all sorts of weather elements regularly as it can change the colour dramatically, oiling is more for leather like shoes or saddles that get wet dirty often.

I’d try the alcohol on a q tip method in an inconspicuous place first.

posted by wwax at 9:00 AM on April 25 [1 favorite]

It depends on your location, but my local coach store always conditions the outside of my bag when I walk in the store. I’d probably wait and stop by the Coach store next time it’s convenient.

posted by 26.2 at 12:14 PM on April 25 [1 favorite]

Wow, linseed oil has a pretty strong, distinctive smell. I’m surprised someone would recommend it to condition something you wear on your body. I think that recipe is one to avoid.

posted by oneirodynia at 7:01 PM on April 25

Lexol, which is available at auto stores and possible other places (I haven’t looked) is a good, cheap leather conditioner for that kind of leather, and won’t darken it. Conditioning will make the color more even, but can rub off until it soaks in.

I have never heard of putting linseed oil on leather, and it does not smell nice and is not good for your s michael kors outlet kin. Alcohol shouldn’t hurt the leather, though I would test it first somewhere inconspicuous in case it discolors (which I doubt). Definitely condition after that, though.