|Mittens, ready to be felted|
I looked at some bags that I used and decided to incorporate some of the things I liked best and made a simple pattern that included a pocket that fit an ipad perfectly, double-reinforced handles, and a round interior pocket with a narrow opening so things like pens and phones and change wouldn't fall out. I hand stitched everything.
The first four bags I made I gave away as birthday and Christmas gifts. Then I wanted to make one for myself and figured out how to make a gusset and little side pockets (like the ones I love on my old Filson tote bag---they're great for airports when you have to stuff your phone, wallet, and keys somewhere quick and accessible when getting in the security line). I used some really beautiful leather hide with a real grainy texture, but the end result was a little bigger and probably more feminine than I originally intended. I will probably give this one away too and make myself one with a thinner gusset. And I don't know, deer antlers or something.
I've also been making wallets and little clutches. My wife sent me a picture of a $100+ clutch she liked online so I just made her one pretty close to it with like $5 worth of leather. As Ron Swanson said a couple weeks ago, "People who buy things are suckers."
I have made three wallets for myself now. Who needs three wallets? Especially somebody who likes to pretend he never buys anything?