1OAK bag

Posted by Carina Thavelin

One of the best things with sewing your own stuff is that the projects are "one of a kind". That's the reason for the letters on my bag. "1OAK"

I found some leather in the thrift store and gave it a go. My inspiration was this bag. A tote bag with a twist.

The bag is sewn from two squares of leather 50x35cm. First I added the text. It is a font created with QuickFont* in the 6D Software.  Arial Bold, Outline. I really like using raw edge appliqué.


*QuickFont is also included as a free download with purchase of our current embroidery machines.



To get the folded shape when you use it as a shoulder bag, I added the D-Rings for the straps 13cm down on the side. The handles are just two layers of leather sewn together with raw edges, 48cm long, finished size.

I didn’t bother with sewing the long strap, I took one from an old bag.

When sewing in leather it is important to use a leather needle it has a wedge shaped point that is specially designed to penetrate leather and artificial leather. Also use a presser foot suitable for leather like the Non-Stick Foot for IDT™ System IDT or the Roller Foot. I prefer the first one, because it's designed to be used with the IDT, that feeds from both top and bottom.

Try it! It's not that hard



Carina Thavelin
Hi Pauline.
I am mostly sewing on my creative sensation pro which is both a sewing and embroidery machine.
When sewing in special material like leather the IDT work wonders with feeding both from top and bottom at the same time. I also like having needle up/down and thread cutter.
If you want these features I recommend the Expression line.
But there is also the mechanical Select line, sturdy machines if you want to do more basic sewing and no fancy stitches.
I recommend that you bring the type of leather you are sewing on to a dealer and try different models and see what you like.
Good Luck!
4/8/2015 2:37:08 AM

Hi ! Thank's to share your projects ! I need your help if you want :) I begin to create little accessories, jewels etc in leather, but my sewing machine begin to be really old and not to strong so I want to buy a new one, I like PFAFF, but I'm a little bit lost between all the sewing machine, can you tell me with with one did you sew this bag ? or what kind of sewing machine do you propose me to use almost only with leather ( max 4/5mm in total) ?

Thank you !!

Pauline from France :)
4/3/2015 1:57:33 AM

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3/28/2015 12:21:51 PM

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