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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will fix hole or stitching on a leather bag, briefcase, suitcase, or laptop bag.

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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Repair a hole or frayed or broken stitching on a leather bag, briefcase, suitcase, or laptop bag

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- Show the bag needing to be repaired.
- Show the tools and materials you will use.
- Explain how you will make the repair.
- Show the repair in progress.
- Show your newly repaired bag!
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My everyday carry leather purse broke - the leather loop that holds the D-ring that the shoulder strap attaches to came apart. I used some red cotton embroidery floss from my stash, an awl (I don't think it's an actual leatherworking awl, but it worked), and a regular needle to stitch it back together. I thought I might need to use one of my curved quilting needles, but the leather ended up being flexible enough that once I pierced holes for the needle with the awl, a straight needle worked just fine. (Which is fine with me, as I'm still not super coordinated with the curved needles yet.) The finished stitching isn't the prettiest, but it's functional and I think it turned out pretty well considering this is my first time working with leather. And since the thread is the same color as the purse, it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it.
supplies.jpg
The broken bag, awl, thread, and needles.
The broken bag, awl, thread, and needles.
using-awl.jpg
Using the awl to make holes for the needle to go through.
Using the awl to make holes for the needle to go through.
stitching.jpg
I thought I might need to use one of my curved quilting needles, but a regular straight needle ended up working just fine.
I thought I might need to use one of my curved quilting needles, but a regular straight needle ended up working just fine.
finished.jpg
Finished and functional again!
Finished and functional again!
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