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inspiration: Leather

DIY LEATHER CLUTCH

I’m SUCH a sucker for a natural leather clutch, jussst the right size for all the important things. As part of the launch my second collection of DIY kits in collaboration with Wander and Hunt,  I recently made a video with my friend Luke showing you how to craft a leather clutch. As I mention in the video, working with leather has always scared me a little bit, but the minimalist construction of this clutch will have you feeling like a pro in no time! This is a design I created from scratch using the most gorgeous blush coloured thick leather, and I’m excited to share it with you by way of Wander and Hunt. Oh, and did I mention international shipping is completely free for the holidays? Yay!

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As you can see I’ve been having fun experimenting with video, such a fun medium! Although I can’t help feeling like each one is a study in my rising inflection studded Aussie accent…

You need:

Or buy the kit here (yay for free shipping!).

How to:

1. Cut out the leather into the envelope shape as shown above. Mine was roughly 34cm x 27cm.

2. Add the holes using the hole puncher.

3. Fold the clutch together, with the two sides flaps first and then the bottom flap over the top.

4. Secure it with the studs.

5. Add the final stud as the button that closes the clutch.

6. Press down the top hole onto the button stud to secure. Voila!

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Video shooting and editing: Luke Casey (find him on insta here!)

HOW TO: DRESS FOR A FESTIVAL

Rightly or wrongly festivals have become as much about what you wear as the bands you see – they’re the grown up costume party/halloween experience, where you can be whoever you want. But when Harper’s Bazaar asked me to write about what my staples are for a festival, instead of immediately pondering fairy wings and micro shorts, the first thought that came to my mind was the big C. Comfort. Lame I know but I can tell you from experience it’s not that easy to enjoy a four day festival when you’re wearing a bodysuit. Been there, sweated that.  It seems that in the last few years, without me even knowing it, my festival style has grown up – for this year’s Glastonbury I stocked my backpack with comfy (but chic) basics, a few I nabbed from Whistles while I was wandering around London, and had the best festival yet. I used some of my downtime while I was there to photograph my outfits laid out on the grass outside our tent – it was day two so the grass hadn’t turned to mud yet . You can read the full post complete with my picks of the best festival basics available online here.

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Glasto outfits:

Outfit 1: Striped top (like this), denim shorts, Leopard print anorak (like this), Hunter wellies

Outfit 2: Leopard print tee, leather skirt (like this), khaki jacket (like this), cheap black and white converse style shoes I bought at sainsburys

Outfit 3: Leather singlet (like this), boyfriend jeans, statement sweater (love this one too), wellies.

I have to be honest and say over the few days I was at Glastonbury there I mixed and matched these pieces depending on the weather – a pretty interchangeable festival wardrobe – until they got too muddy or sweaty to wear.

If you have time, make sure to head over and read festival dress code tips at Harper’s Bazaar.

DIY LEATHER POUCH

I stumbled upon Jujumade a little while ago whilst perusing one of my favourite blogs, and immediately fell head over heels in love with her gorgeous nude leather bags adorned with handmade ceramic beads (as well as her ceramic barrettes made in collaboration with Brook + Lyn). I’ve always wanted to know more about how the experts work with leather  – I was aware that it’s not such an easy thing to do – and so you can imagine how excited I was when Juju herself agreed to show how it’s done by making a simple mini pouch for us. Take it away Julie!

jujumade- step 13- finished pounch

You need:

  • leather
  • 5mm leather cord or rope (150 cm)
  • bead with a hole large enough to thread overlap of the leather cord (Julie made this one herself).
  • knife blade
  • waxed nylon
  • rawhide hammer
  • leather hole punchers
  • 2 leather needles
  • ruler

jujumade- step 1 -materials

How to:

1. Start with a paper pattern, this will be the guide to cutting the leather

jujumade- step 2- paper pattern

2. Cut out the leather with the paper pattern and punch holes for the straps

jujumade- step 3- leather cutting

3. Punch the stitch holes, which should be 5mm offset along the edge of the leather. Using the 4 in 1 puncher will keep the stitch hole spacing consistent.

jujumade- step 4- hole punching jujumade- step 5- leather piece

4. Thread each end of the waxed nylon thread to a leather needle

jujumade- step 6- double needle stitching

5. Start stitching on one end of the leather, stitch back and forth with both needles.

jujumade- step 7- stitch back and forth

6. When you reach the end, stitch backwards to get both ends of the thread on the same side. Cut short and burn to secure.

jujumade- step 8- burn thread to end stitch

7. Now you’re finished the pouch part, time to add the strap.

jujumade- step 9- ready to attach straps

8. Loop leather cord through holes and thread both ends of the cord through the bead.

jujumade- step 10 -straps

9. Split 20mm on both ends of the leather cord.

jujumade- step 11- split the ends of straps

10. Knot both ends, this will secure the bead in place. (If you use a rope instead, tie a knot on both ends of the rope to secure)

jujumade- step 12- knot the ends of straps

All finished!

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Make sure to check out Juju’s website and her store.