A very retro leather saddle bag

by SewJillian on March 12, 2014 · 9 comments

in 1970s,Accessories

VintageSaddleBagHi All!

I wasn’t at all certain this post would be welcome here because this baby is not a garment but an accessory! Anywho here goes, hope you all still find it interesting and inspiring!

This gorgeous retro-inspired bicycle saddle bag was not actually made by me… but by my ridiculously clever husband! I just had to share it with vintage lovers and since this is where I share my vintage makes I thought it would be the place.

I’m so very proud and awed by my vintage bike mad, non-sewing, non-leatherworking hubby who conceived of the idea, created the design from scratch (including drafting the pattern), sourced the leather and hardware, dyed and finished the leather himself, and then sewed it completely by hand. The man’s talents are limitless.

The part I like about it the best? That I could easily see it tweaked to make an amazing 70′s style shoulder bag with long strap… I may have already put an order in! If you’d like to see more feel free to pop over to my blog to check out the deets.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Snowma March 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Lovely project. Your husbands quite the talented chap. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like hours with a leather awl : )


Nothy March 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

Very nice. I can’t believe it is hand-sewn.


tanyamaile March 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

Very cool! It looks like it’s sitting on a cool vintage bike, too.


Evie March 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

That is awesome!! I really think I need one for my early ’70s Suburban ;) Really nice job!


Roxy March 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

He did a beautiful job! looks so professional and the color goes so nicely with the bike!


Patrice March 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

It’s beautiful! Don’t go riding in the rain or through any puddles!


Jessamyn March 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

That is a gorgeous, gorgeous thing and I can see why you’re so proud! Thanks for sharing.


EmSewCrazy March 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

That’s beautiful. I’d make sure to keep that man! :)


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