I recently constructed a new purse/bag/tote for myself. See, this is what happens when you travel - last September we were visiting Missoula, MT. That included a search for any interesting stops where I might find inspiring fabric, yarn or patterns. I have great guys, Bob and Dan, who enable me! We tracked down The Confident Stitch in the downtown area. That's where I saw a large tote bag and decided I must have it. The pattern for the Oberlin Tote Bag comes from Klum House in Portland, OR.
The fabrics I used were a black waxed canvas (from Fabric Funhouse) and a colorful print that I love. I purchased the leather straps and rivets at The Confident Stitch, since I knew I didn't have anything like that at home. The bag went together easily, and has been quite durable. But the rivets I used were not the best choice, and some were loosening. Oh, and one of the straps was twisted when I made it, I hate when that happens! I liked the style and function of the bag as my everyday purse, so rather than put it aside because of the handles and rivets, I decided to repair it.
My first dilemma was getting those old rivets removed. According the the experts (YouTube) you can drill through them and then pull them apart. According to the friendly folks at Tandy Leather, you run a high risk of doing more damage with the drill than desired. So I had to use a needle nose plier to force those little buggers into submission and got them all removed. Not an easy job, FYI!
I gathered my tools and set to work. At Tandy, they had a rivet with a slightly shorter post and a bigger head. I'm working on the floor next to the hearth because I was told to do my pounding on a very hard surface. The photos below will give more explanation of the process as you go through them.
So now I can add one more bit of knowledge to my list! I'm glad this worked out so well, I was hesitant to tackle it because I was afraid I might ruin the bag. Now I can pack up that bag and bring it along on our travels!
Hi! I'm Pam! Join me on this journey through the next steps of life!