In the world of leather craftsmen, designing leather bags is a creative endeavor. Whether you want to make your own leather bag or start your own leather goods making business, WUTA beginner's guide will provide you with basic steps and advice on how to style a leather bag.
1. Determine the design concept
Before you start designing a leather bag, you need to have a clear idea of your design concept. This includes determining the purpose, style, shape and size of the bag. Are you designing a stylish tote, a backpack or a traditional envelope bag? Your design concepts will form the basis of the entire process.
2. Gather inspiration
Finding inspiration can help you develop a clear design concept. Browsing through fashion magazines, online platforms, and even visiting leather goods stores can help you understand different styles and design elements. Note down the designs and details you like for future reference.
3. Choose leather
The material of the leather bag is crucial. Different types of leather have different looks, textures, and durability. Common choices include cowhide, goatskin, crocodile, etc. Choosing the right leather to match your design concept and purpose is crucial.
- Quality Check: Check the quality of the selected leather. Make sure there are no visible flaws, cracks or wear on the leather surface. The leather should be dyed evenly with no color differences.
- Feel and elasticity: Touch the leather with your hands to feel its texture and elasticity. Soft leathers are generally better for handbags, but some projects may require tougher leathers.
- Color selection: Choose colors that suit your design and brand. Leather can be dyed in a variety of colors, so you can choose the color that best suits your needs.
- Thickness: Consider the thickness of the leather. Thicker leather is generally more durable, but also heavier. For large handbags, thicker leather may be more suitable, while thinner leather is suitable for smaller bags and detail work.
- Sustainability: More and more leather manufacturers are focusing on sustainability. If your brand is environmentally conscious, choose leather with an environmentally friendly treatment, or look for leather that has been sustainably sourced.
- Budget: Finally, make your choice based on your budget. High-quality leather is usually more expensive, but also more durable. Make sure you choose the leather that works best for you within your budget.
Remember, the leather chosen will affect the quality and appearance of the final product, so it is important to choose carefully.
Develop detailed design drawings of the package on paper or using design software. Drawings should include exterior and interior details of the bag, including dimensions, cuts, and location of sewing lines. This step will help ensure your design is implemented accurately.
5. Prepare the required tools and materials
Make sure you have the tools you need, such as cutting tools, sewing tool, needle and thread, snaps, zippers, etc. Additionally, you will need to have other necessary materials ready, such as fabric lining and padding.
- Cutting tools: You will need a rotary cutter, or a leather knife to cut the leather. A ruler will also be useful to keep your cuts straight.
- Punching tools: You will need a set of leather punches or a rotary punch to create holes for hardware.
- Needles and thread: Use a strong, durable thread and needles that are appropriate for the thickness of the leather. (More on that HERE).
- Hardware: Choose hardware that is appropriate for the bag, such as zippers, buckles, and D-rings. Think about consistent hardware colour.
- Burnish tool: Use leather edge bevelers and sandpaper to finish the edges of your leather before burnishing, painting or binding.
6. Organize and decorate
- Touch Up Leather: Use the appropriate leather oil or polish to adjust the color and texture on your leather bag to your satisfaction.
- Sand the edges: Use a sanding tool or sandpaper to smooth the edges of your leather bag to make it look smoother.
- Add details: Depending on your design, you can add engraving, embroidery, branding or other details to make the bag more unique.
7. Complete and check
- Check the quality: Check your bag carefully to make sure there are no leaks, broken threads, or other issues.
- Clean your leather bag: Use leather cleaner or a soft, damp cloth to clean your leather bag to ensure it stays clean.
- Final polish: Wipe the leather bag with a soft cloth to make it look shiny.
Cutting, sewing, decorating and shaping are key production steps. Make sure to follow your design philosophy.
Designing a leather bag requires patience and skill, but with practice you'll become more adept. Remember, your initial attempts may not be perfect, but continued practice will help you continually improve your skills. May you create beautiful and functional leather bags!