Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Mila Handbag Pattern By Charlie Davenport


February’s Flyer featured the Mila Handbag as the Kit of the Month!

Charlie Davenport created a Tracing Pattern that is available for free on the Leathercraft Library, however we wanted to supplement the image with some more in depth instruction.



Decorative Column

1. To begin, cut lines for the decorative column using a swivel knife.  These 4 cuts will run parallel to the left side of the front of the purse and will be approximately 6.5 inches in length.  It is recommended to use a stainless steel ruler to ensure straight cuts.

The first line: Cut a line 1 inch from the left outside edge.

The second line: cut a parallel line 1/8 inch from the first line

The third line: cut a parallel line 1 1/4 inches from the second line

The fourth line: cut a parallel line 1/8 inch from the third line

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2. Now that you have your column completed, it is time to use a decorative stamp to create the pattern.  We used a stamp from the Craftool Floral Stamp Set, roughly 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch in size.  Begin stamping near the top edge and space out the stamps with 1 inch distance between the centers.  Continue to stamp the design in the pattern shown in the picture below.  Create the dotted line pattern that connects the stamps with an awl or pointed stylus.

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3. Using a Beveler Stamp, bevel the inside lines.  You can also bevel the outside lines, or alternatively use a Round Spoon Modeling Tool to give a more gentle rounded edge for the outside cut lines.

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4. Using a M884 Matting Stamp, matte the area to the left of the column.

*Tool Tip – The leather needs to be almost dry when using background matting tools.  If matted while damp, the surface of the stamp can burnish the leather.




5. (Optional) Using a Craftool Hair Blade Tool, run down the centers of the 1/8 inch wide columns to add additional texture to your project.






1.These letters were traced from the Alphabets For The Leathercrafter book.  Using a pencil, trace the letters on to tracing film and then transfer them on to dampened leather with a pointed stylus.  For our design, we used 3 initials and overlapped the letters provide a canvas with more coloring options.


2. Bevel the outside of the letters.  There are quite a few different looks that one can achieve with different Bevelers.  For this design, we used a Figure Carving Stamp on the outside to give a wider bevel and a steep, textured Beveler on the inside to give a steeper bevel.





This design used Blue and Red Eco-Flo Professional Waterstains, White Eco-Flo Cova Color, and Red Professional Leather Edge Paint.

We chose to use the Professional Waterstains for this project because they can provide a more even and opaque coloring.  They are also more rub resistant than other dyes and are less likely to fade than oil and spirit base dyes.

Note: Allow AT LEAST THIS LONG for drying between steps.

1. To achieve the light blue, we mixed Blue Water Stain with White Cova Color to reach our desired shade of blue.  Be sure to mix enough to coat the exteriors of both milled pieces.  We then applied it evenly over the entire piece (even over the letters) with a Pro High Density Sponge and wiped it off with a dry cloth to give the two-toned look on milled leather.


2. Using a Detail Brushes, apply undiluted Blue Waterstain to the interior of the column.

3. Use a paint brush to apply Red Waterstain to the top and bottom letters, as well as the 1/8 inch thick borders for the column.

4. Use a paint brush to apply White Cova Color to the unoverlapped portions of the middle letter.

5. Mix Red Waterstain and White Cova Color to create a mid-tone color to paint in the overlapped areas.


6. With a clean sponge, apply Eco-Flo Professional Gloss Finish to help seal the color in to your project.


7. Using a Crafool Edge Paddle, apply the Professional Edge Paint where the leather meets on the side.  Apply multiple coats for a smooth, rounded finish.