Has anyone made a Purse/Bag before???

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Jackrabbit

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Hi all,
Has anyone ever tried to or did make a Purse/Bag from rabbit pelts??? If so please share all your tips and tricks here! I tried making one but I’m horrible at sewing, so Hopefully y’all can help me! Thanks!F0FA8D86-22B4-44F4-BC9C-C3DBE6C5856F.jpeg
 

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I have not tried with pelts but I'm guessing depends on what thread will be holding it together..? Haha I dunno I was going to see if I could make thin enough strips of pelt or maybe something fancy like intestine thread but ya...haven't gotten that far yet, but I'm interested in how it all works out for ya, will you post your final product?
 

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I think to get a really high quality look you would want to color match your pelts, keep the fur all going the same direction, and maybe that would mean cutting them into strips and arranging the strips into an ombre pattern that fades from light to dark, or some other pattern.

Your stitches want to be an overlock or whipstitch (regular machines can't do a whipstitch, which is the best, but you should experiment until you come up with settings that accomplish the same thing), that catches the very very edge of the pelts, and you want to be very careful to keep the fur out of the stitching as you go along.

I have looked at fancy industrial fur sewing machines and I have never wanted such a frivolous and unecessary EXPENSIVE piece of equipment so badly, lol. Maybe I will treat myself if I make 20-30 tanned, garment-quality hides. :ROFLMAO:
 
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I haven’t made a bag but I’ve made a cushion cover (so soft my sons fight over it) and a muff for cold weather (rabbit fur inside and red velvet out)…rabbit skin is easy to hand sew (which I prefer because it’s quieter!) so that’s an option if you don’t have/want to use a sewing machine. If you use full uncut pelts the skin is relatively hairless along most of the edges but if you cut strips you’ll have to deal with the hairs getting in the way, dampening the fur a little can help with this. There’s various seams you could use, those suggested in the post above^^ or dependent on what look you‘re going for- blanket stitch is fun (and strong). Love sewing! Let us know how you get along :)
 
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