I made a bag!


A real, honest to goodness leather bag. With an adjustable shoulder strap….


And lovely chrome hardware…


Now, I will admit that it came in kit form from Simple Way, but the stitching is all my own.


I’ve had this kit for over a year and finally laid hands on it again a few weeks ago whilst boxing up the loft.

The very same evening I sat down and opened the pack, threaded a needle and got all set to sew, when I realised that the gusset piece hadn’t been punched ready for attaching the strap.

Eep!  I was pretty sure that I’d just have to suck it up, purchase an awl, and punch the holes for myself.  And I was ok with that…it was my fault after all that I’d left it so long.  But I dropped a speculative email to Simple Way and explained the situation and asked if there was anything they could do to help.

I was astonished to receive a very prompt email replay offering to replace the piece for me, no problems.  In fact, as it was a while since the kit had been purchased it was very likely that the leather or colour would be different so would I like them to replace the whole kit?

Seriously…just the best levels of customer service I’ve experienced in quite some time.

So I packed up the bag, sent it back and within a few days a whole new kit arrived with me.

And I sat down over a couple of evenings and stitched together my first ever leather bag.


And I love it.  The Simple Way kit includes all you need to make this. Precut leather pieces which have been pre-punched ready for you to sew.  Matching thread and a whopping great needle.

The instructions are really clear, and show you how to secure the thread so the ends don’t show, but it’s really secure.

I really enjoyed the process, and the only thing I’d change about this bag is if it had a buckle closure, but that’s just being picky. And the newer version does have a strap to close it. It’s a roomy bag that will hold all my crap essentials, and which I can sling over my shoulder, so it’s immensely practical for family day’s out.  Even my DSLR camera fits in.

My only regret is that I wish I’d made this sooner.  I’m eyeing up the Simple Way website for another project.  I’ve got my eye on this little satchel in red:

petite satchel

PS…Simple Way only know of me because I’m a pesky customer who leaves stuff too long to sew.  

This kit was a Christmas gift from my lovely husband (who always does the best gifts).  I’m happy to review this because I think they’re a great little company with great products.  Sharing the love, peeps!

18 Responses to I made a bag!

  1. Your bag is a beaut! I love the idea of stitching up your own bag. What a great pressie. Hadn’t heard of this company before but can really see that yellow satchel in my life. Thanks for posting about them. Xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thank you…I do love it! My hubby is just the best at choosing great pressies. They have some really great bags on their site…have fun!

  2. Beautiful! What a great way to make a bag. I’m off to have a look at the site now.

  3. Helen Snell says:

    Beautiful bag! I’m going to have to look this company up.

  4. Gail says:

    Wow, that is beautiful!! Off to check out the site!

  5. K-Line says:

    OMG – this is GORGEOUS. What a beautiful bag. I’ve never heard of this bag kit company before. You have given me something to lift my spirits – research ahoy.

  6. Jane G says:

    That is so smart, and great customer service

  7. Donna says:

    I’m super impressed! I’ve never heard of them – I love what they have to offer 🙂

  8. That is absolutely stunning – I want to make one now!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I can highly recommend it! I had lunch with a friend today and she was really impressed with the quality of the leather.

  9. How cool Evie! It’s perfect. It’s really a thoughtful gift. Thanks for sharing

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