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Twit-Twoo!!
I had an impulse to make myself a Leather Owl Bag yesterday. I'd never used leather before to make anything, so i read up on it and made sure i bought leather needles for my sewing machine.
I made my own pattern for this bag, and i'll show you how i made my pattern here too.
Hope you enjoy the How-To!!

Posted by Claire J from Prestatyn, Wales, United Kingdom • Published See Claire J's 95 projects »
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  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all you will need your paper to draw half of your owl shape. Cut it out then use this to flip over and draw your full owl shape (this makes sure both sides are even!) This is the pattern for the front of the bag.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using The pattern for the front of the bag, trace around then draw an half of the owl's face (this is what will be the flap to close the bag).

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now you'll need to decide on the depth of the bag as you'll need to add this amount to the top of the owl shape.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the added-on bit in half horizontally, and trace the outline of the owl's face from underneath. Cut this out.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now fold the owl in half vertically and trace the shape of the Owls face on to the other half.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut this out. It should look like this
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    Now cut around the Owl's body too.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use thses patterns to transfer on to the reverse side of your leather.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    and cut them out.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now using your paper, cut out feather shaped to use as a stencil. I made 2 different sizes.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Using the stencils, cut out as many feathers as you wish in different colours

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    start to sew them in to place (making sure you've changed the needle to the leather one).

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    now see your bag taking shape!!

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    At this point i measured around the piece with string to get the measurement for the strip that will form the depth of the bag.
    Cut out this length and for the width use the depth you decided on for the bag.
    Mine was 79cm x 3cm.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now, with right sides together, sew the strip to the front of your bag.

    Do the same for the back.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Turn it the right way and check that it's sewn all around the edges.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now i used a belt as a strap, but use what you like. Sew it to the side of your bag.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 17
    Step 17

    :)

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 18
    Step 18

    I noticed my bag wasn't holding it's shape very well, so i ironed on interfacing inside and used a piece of wood on the back to hold the shape better.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now i put the magnetic clasp on....

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 20
    Step 20

    And cut a beak out of the leather to cover it up.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 21
    Step 21

    Finally it's time for the Owl's eyes, Cut a template out then use to cut out in leather. Add smaller Circles then buttons to finish the eyes off.
    Glue on to the flap of the bag.

    *EDIT* the glue doesn't hold to well, so sew to secure properly!

  • How to make a novetly bag. Leather Owl Bag - Step 22
    Step 22

    FINITO!! You're done :)

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Kara B.
Kara B. · Limington, Maine, US · 2 projects
I love owls, so this was absolutely wonderful! I may attempt something similar, but with cloth instead of leather (I'm still a beginner, after all . . .). How easy or difficult do you think it would be to alter this into a backpack, instead of a tote?
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EJ W.
EJ W. · Watford, England, GB · 4 projects
I LOVE this!! Its so cute Happy Iv not attempted leather yet, but seeing your tute totally gives me the urge to try. Much thanks for posting.
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Claire J
Claire J · Prestatyn, Wales, GB · 97 projects
thanks everyone Happy
Surprisingly it wasn't that hard to sew...but i did spend AGES reading up on what not to do etc so i didn't bugger it up!!
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Louise Louisa
Louise Louisa · 3 projects
This is so lovely :3
You did an awesome job with the leather as well, you can't tell that it's your first time using the stuff - I'm sure it must have been stupidly hard to sew.
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
wooow this is coool and great, congratulations of your fueturing!!!!!
You really deserved that!!!really awesome project
and.... such a great tute as well, thank you for your sharing!±!!!!xxxx
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Deejay<3
Deejay<3
adorable! owls are so in right now!!
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kinda.hobby
kinda.hobby · Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Did I hear a hoot? What a neat idea Happy
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xoxo- Brook
xoxo- Brook · Anchorage, Alaska, US · 3 projects
This is so cute.
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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
great job..love it.
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