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:
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!