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La Papier Sac – My Paper Bag (Ultimate shopping bag)

07 Jan
The Ultimate Paper Bag

I keep most of the paper bags (& plastics too) from my shopping.  For plastic bags, it’s easy to recycle them as garbage bags, except for those nice plastic bags from Apple shop.  For the paper bags, that’s a different story – I just like to keep them for their beautiful design and quality.  I mean, who throws away Louis Vuitton paper bag, or the paper bag of the presents given to me, … Alright, I admit it, I am obsessed with paper bags, and papers.

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Over the years, you can imagine that I have accumulated lots of paper bags.  Some less nicer ones, I have used them to recycle glass bottles, clothes, or just given away to people who need them to put stuffs.  I still have lots of paper bags that my husband is getting annoyed by the space it took up.  He started calling me The Bag Lady :(.  I hate to agree, but he’s right.  I do have too many of those paper bags.  IT’s hard decision, but I will have to do it … I have decided to give away most of my precious paper bags away, keeping some of the dearest ones.  However, this doesn’t solve the problem – I will keep shopping, and I will still end up home with more shopping bags.

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Here’s an epiphany!  I will make a paper bag out of leather!  This is perfect solution.  There’s not one paper bag that I can recycle over and over again.  Plus, they wear and tear.  What am I going to do during raining season?

I did a bit of research and turned out that there are some branded leather shopping bags – Chanel, Loewe, Jill Sanders.

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None of them has what I have in mind. I want something that resembles more like a brown paper bag.

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After Christmas, I made an early New Year resolution – rid of those paper bags (they are half gone now), and design a leather paper bag that I can use over and and over again when I go shopping.

Deciding on a size is a bit hard.  There’s no off the shelf decision making options.
– how big ? not too big, the bigger it is, the more things i will stuff in…
– landscape or portrait ? portrait – easier to take things in and out, and shopping will not pile on each other

I spent 2 hours drawing and cutting the template, and is just excited when i started to cut the leather.  I think it will look good.

Cutting those jagged edges is a bit challenging. Luckily, I have chosen a very durable leather, and the edges will stay in shape.

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Sewing the bottom is the hardest part of this project. The punched holes have to match exactly.

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The bottom is finally finished.  I will an additional bottom hard piece on the inside to further strengthen it.

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The body is finally finished.  It was hard work stitching them, I choose smaller hole size and gap between each holes – harder to poke the needle through, and more stitching to do.  I am sure this bag will be very sturdy.  I am very satisfied, both the interior and exterior looks like a paper bag.

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I am taking a rest – fingers are sore from all the stitching.  I know… Normally, people would make the interior pockets and straps first.

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Leather Story

 

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