But for now back to the big red leather coat. Step one in the coats transformation involved removing the sleeve linings. The arms of the coat are going to become the straps of a bag, so I want to remove the extra bulk and I need to get access to the head sized shoulder pads.
I now zip the coat up and flip the whole thing upside down. It's time for the hard part, sewing the front of the coat to the back. It's not a technical challenge, just one of strength.
I find thimbles tricky to use, so I developed the table technique where I use a table or other solid surface to help push the needle through all the layers of leather. It also helps whenever possible to follow the stitching already present on the coat.
Too easy! And all you need is an ugly jacket, needle and thread, scissors, and maybe a seam ripper. This is a pretty simplistic coat to bag redo, but I have seen some pretty amazing transformations of this sort before. Check ReMade USA for some inspiring looks.