Leather For Lunch

Here are several snapshots of the leather (lunch bag style) clutch that I made. It also had a cameo in the last post. Since I recently acquired some good yardage of leather a couple of months ago, I've been pondering about various design projects that will keep me busy throughout the season. This project is one of five that I have been working on. It's also a perfect alternative to a casual carrying clutch bag.

I started with cutting my leather in the shape that I wanted  on the fold of fabric... a very easy rectangular form, which will stand vertically. Then, I cut my side panel pieces (optional). There are loads of ways to make this style of bag. You may go the very simple route and make it an all-in-one bag without side panels by just sewing two sides together, but I preferred side panels. I created them using the same piece of leather fabric as the body of my bag. Next, I folded each side panel inward (face side up) in a fan shape, and stitched the top edge of each side to the front and back of the bag, as well as sitching the side seams together.

I wanted a bit of subtle edge to my bag, so I added studs to my bag and glued them to the leather. I also made this version not as tall as a regular lunch bag, that way it looks more like a clutch.

Extras:
I created a tab out of the leftover scraps of leather pieces and used a d-ring to hold keys, etc. This ring extension can also fold inside to stay hidden. Lastly, I then added heavy duty magnets for closure. You may add velcro, snaps, or nothing at all, especially since you roll the top edge of the bag to open and close, but I wanted an actual closure. Here's the result!

Of course, there's always more to come, so stay tuned!

How-to DIY lunch bag handbag
Materials used: Leather cut 3 pcs. (body-1, and side panels-2), Studded trim, Metal d-ring (1), Magnets (1 pair), Scissors, Clear fabric glue, Needle and thread or sewing machine.

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75 comments

  1. Vix Brearley17 October, 2013

    That's fantastic, you clever thing! x

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  2. You did a fantastic job! x


    http://fashionedbylove.blogspot.com

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  3. Amazing idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GLG aus der

    EDELFABRIK
    Chrissie

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  4. I am completely awestruck that you made this, wow!! You are brilliantly talented. You should go on Project Accessory!

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  5. I'm with Sam-- you should totally try out!

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  6. Couture Carrie17 October, 2013

    Amazing DIY, darling ~ wow!


    xoxox,
    CC

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  7. Madison, you are great beyond the word. I wont be able to do the same. The lunch bag you created is flawless and let me tell you I'm craving for it! Curious to see the other projects you have been working on. Have a good day dear, kisses! xo

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  8. Erika Sorocco17 October, 2013

    Speechless. I am just so in love with this bag - the aesthetic is phenom!! :)

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  9. It's a really cute bag! I remember you said you were going to add studs. Looks really good Madison! Very nice touch! I wish I could make my own. HAHAHA Save a lot of money.

    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  10. Ahh it turned out SO great! I wish I were as talented to recreate it :)

    ♡jilly

    sorelle in style

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  11. You are too talented, Madison. The studs on the bag was a fab idea. Love love love....

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  12. This so cute and chic too! How handy you are. I could never pull this off. I am all thumbs and have zero patience.

    Ali of
    wwww.dressingken.com

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  13. lovely blog

    Would u like to follow each other? Let me know ;)

    SHAN

    www.memyheelsandi.com

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  14. Oh I love how this clutch came out, what a great job you did!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  15. nicoleta buru17 October, 2013

    Ahh, so great DIY, my sweetie *__*

    Many kisses,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

    ps.Check out my very first wedding post if you want :)

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  16. Genius DIY! I love this project - simple, creative and inspiring!
    Thank u for commenting on my blog! Your last outfit post is very chic too!!
    xx
    K
    klassystylefiles.blogspot.com.au

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  17. So talented doll, that is fantastic, love this bag!! I hope you have a gorgeous weekend xx

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  18. That's a great little bag--so perfect for life on the go! Hope your week was a good one and I know I'm going to be enjoying the weekend (early).


    xo Mary Jo

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  19. What a talented craftswoman! I love the idea of a packed lunch bag. And it's leather. Very cool! Great job Madison. Have a lovely weekend xxx

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  20. ElleSees.blogspot.com18 October, 2013

    i freakin' love how this turned out!!

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  21. Stanislava E.18 October, 2013

    The bag is very nice! I am not sure if I am able to do this! Great job!

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  22. Thanks for your kind visit...Happy Friday Doll!

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  23. Glam up your Lifestyle18 October, 2013

    Was für einen tolle Tasche, unglaublich dass du sie selbst gemacht hast.Die Tasche erinnert mich an eine bestimmte ´Celine Tasche. Du bist wirklich handwerklich begabt.

    LG Cla

    http://glamupyourlifestyle.blogspot.de/

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  24. What a fun fabulous DIY Madison! That is the chicest lunch bag around! Thanks for sharing dear! Have a lovely weekend!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  25. This DIY is just perfect! Such a cool bag! :D
    Could you maybe do a step by step tutorial? O=)


    If yes please let me know!


    xo
    www.SarandaAdriana.com

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  26. Oh to Be a Muse18 October, 2013

    I like the addition of the studs on the bottom. Unique placement. The studs definitely add more edge to the leather clutch.

    http://www.ohtobeamuse.com/

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  27. Rosalind jana18 October, 2013

    You make it look SO easy making this beautiful little clutch. I'm assuming that you must use special needles for leather on your sewing machine? I must look into how to sew leather or super thick fabrics on my machine.

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  28. I always envy your sewing skills, Madison - never mind your creativity to come up with a design like this! The lunchbag style clutch is such a wonderfully practical and stylish idea, and yet I've never seen anything like it before. I can't wait to see an outfit post featuring it!
    xox,
    Cee

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  29. Fabulous!!! Well done babes,You got loads of patience. What a great result,am loving your DIY bag.
    Have a fabulous weekend.
    Kisses..

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  30. Well done babes, I am loving your DIY bag. You got loads of patience. It's looks brilliant.
    Have a fabulous weekend.
    Kisses..

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  31. Thank you Marj! So happy you liked it too. Enjoy the weekend.

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  32. Thanks doll! I really appreciate it. I'm so happy with how it turned out. xx/Madison

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  33. Aww, thanks very much Kalyani. :-)

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  34. Thank -you, thank-you! xoxo

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  35. Thanks for your lovely compliment Jilly! x/Madison

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  36. Thanks Kiem! Yes, I'm happy that I am able to make things, because it does indeed save money, and I wouldn't spend 800+ on a bag THIS easy to make, even if I couldn't create it! haha. Happy weekend. x/Madison

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  37. Thanks so much Mira! I'm so happy with it as well, and already took it out for a wear! I've not seen any of these as DIY's so far, I've only seen bloggers who purchased similar ones. Of course, none like my own! Have a wonderful w/e. x :-))

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  38. Hi, this is a tutorial, because it's pretty straight forward and just making a rectangle.(as a paper lunch sack). You don't need to create panels like I did. But, if you have any questions with creating it do let me know, I am happy to provide you with instruction via e-mail. Take care,
    Madison :-)

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  39. Danke Chrissie!
    Liebe Grüsse,
    ~Mads xo :)

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  40. *blushes* I will have to check that out! Thanks!

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  41. :) Thanks so much Ali for your comment!

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  42. It's actually quite easy. Just requires a steady hand with cutting.Thanks for your comment. /Madison

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  43. I agree, it gives it more edge. I wanted simple, but interesting enough to stand out. Thanks Cheryl! Happy weekend. :)

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  44. Hi Lilli,
    Yes, I will upload more projects in the near future! Thanks for your comment, so glad that you like my bag ... it's my favourite at the moment. xx/Madison

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  45. :-) Thanks love. So appreciate your comment.

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  46. :-) Haha, thank you so much! I'm happy that you came to see it!

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  47. Wow, Vielen Dank Cla für die sehr süße kompliment! Ja, Ich mag machen Accessoires-mode. Ich Wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochende. :-) lg, xx/Madison

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  48. Thank you Cee, that's such a sweet comment. Most of my DIY's just come from me wanting something new and different, especially if I cannto find it for a reasonable price anywhere. So glad that you like my leather clutch too! I will definitely style it here in the near future. xx/M

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  49. :-) THANK YOU Rowena. x/Madison

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  50. Audrey Allure18 October, 2013

    Wow, you are so talented -- that looks amazing!


    http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

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  51. Dressed with soul18 October, 2013

    Liebe Madison, Du bist wirklich eine Künstlerin, die Tasche ist perfekt geworden und wunderbar sauber verarbeitet! Ich bin begeistert von Deinen vielen Begabungen <3 Außerdem finde ich, dass die Tasche sehr gut zu Dir und Deinem Stil passt.

    Ein tolles Wochenende für Dich!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  52. Aww, thanks love! Yes, paitence does help ... lol. :) Enjoy the weekend. xx

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  53. Thanks very much Roz! Yes, you need a different needle, I usually use my denim needle (size 14 & 16), depending on thickness as a leather needle (in same size), but for this I just used my industrial machine and it was fine, as this leather wasn't as thick at some of the other yardages I have. :)

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  54. MISPAPELICOS19 October, 2013

    Fabulous, now I want one, ahhhhhhhhhhh

    I thought you would join Share-in-Style.It is open until tomorrow morning.
    Have a lovely weekend, dear Madison.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  55. Liebe Rena,
    Danke! Ich bin froh, dass Sie finden, die Tasche passt gut zu meinem Stil. Ich liebe diese Tasche! :-) Viel Spaß das Wochenende!!
    lg, xxoo /Madison

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  56. WOW you made a great job

    xx, Malena

    You can check my blog on:

    www.fashioncontainer.com

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  57. Oh, I totally forgot about that, I've been busy, and will have to check it out next time. xx/Madison
    Wonderful weekend to you! xxoo

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  58. Cassandra Too20 October, 2013

    Oh wow, you did such an amazing job! You are really creative and good at this!


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  59. I've been wanting to do something like this! What a cool DIY!
    ~Jessica

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  60. Christel Kuik20 October, 2013

    Great!

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  61. Dina's Days23 October, 2013

    This is AWESOME!!! You know I love a DIY project. This is just perfect.

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  62. Adeola Naomi Aderemi23 October, 2013

    OMG!!! This is perfection!!!

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  63. Thanks you dear. It's become one of my favourites at the moment. x/Madison

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  64. The Foolish Aesthete26 October, 2013

    This is so absolutely clever and stylish. Love the use of the humble lunch bag form to make leather even edgier. And the studs are the perfect touch. -- J xx

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