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Book Bag by Marcusstratus Book Bag by Marcusstratus
I haven't done a large leather bag since the Heirloom Bag back at the end of 2011, lately it's all been little accessories like belts and such. Made this one as a thank you gift for an Aunt of my wife's who has given us a lot of help the last few years. Designed to hold books primarily, but would also work for groceries, a weekends worth of clothing, or whatever. It doesn't have a fastener on front, just the weight of the flap keeps it closed.

Used one-piece construction method similar to how Weerd Bag III was made. This is a different leather, that and the fact that I reinforced some of the panels makes for a more stable bag and it wont become as floppy. The concept behind one-piece construction is to encourage upcycling. When this is no longer able to function as a bag, or when the owner doesn't want it as a bag it can provide plenty of material to allow for more things to be made.

Adjustable shoulder strap, two inside pockets, feet on the bottom, suede lining, etc.
Measures 11"t x 14"w x 5"d
Veg tanned leather, suede lining, solid brass hardware, reinforced with rawhide, stitched with 100% linen thread.
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:iconniz13:
Niz13 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So gorgeous!!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank You! :ahoy:
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TheHonestBag Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student
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FurFlux Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How much for a bag like this and shipping to germany ? D:
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AngelDKWitch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Photographer
woaw it's beautiful :) I could use one for my stories ;)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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AngelDKWitch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Photographer
your welcome :)
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GraceMedina Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Hi,

I am Grace from Designers Scout. We are looking for a freelance designer who will complete our team in the development of sports bag design. The company we are working for specializes in European sports accessories.

We are hoping you might be interested. If yes, kindly send us your resume/CV and portfolio to designersscout@gmail.com.

With regards to the portfolio, we would appreciate if you can send us a samples of sports bag design, 1 for men and 1 for women.

Looking forward to your favorable response.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Grace
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your bags and I really need to commission one at some point...Great work as always!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would love to make you one :)
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Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
It looks awesome and very resistant! The design is really nice and the metallic part you chose give a slightly feminine touch that *aelthwyn's aunt should surely appreciate :)
Your concern for the possible recycling of the materials is really the cherry on the cake, it's wonderful to think of this, and something very valuable. It shows all the respect you have for the materials -- something the modern society usually lacks, sadly...

Your crafts are little marvels, I still hope to be able to buy you some someday so keep up the great work! :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. A lot of thought goes into each piece I do, especially when I have a chance to make the same thing over and over again, like with some of my clothes and more complex items. With leather especially, I am conscious of the original source of the material and find it a waste when I rush a project, ignoring the fact that this material used to be a living organism like myself. That is another reason I dedicate myself like I do, to honor what my medium was/is.
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Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wish there were much more crafters as conscious as you are. I'm horrified when I see the production of leather in Asia, how people are living and dying in the middle of chemical products... what sense does it make? And what good can you get from a piece of sick leather made from a poor beast by people who can't afford to dream because it hurts?
Where I work there is wooden furniture that we get out and in the shop every morning and night. I try to be very careful for it would pain me to damage a teck bench, not just because the wood is costly but for the sake of the tree it once was :)
(and the reason I do CG art is also because I'm often fearful to waste a sheet of paper, haha)
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Draknell Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:O
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PivoineRouge Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Mmmmmh, very very nice......but, too small for me! Theeeeeheeee!!! XDDD
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Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's my dream come true! Not even kidding. <3
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Blackthornleather Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Love it! I really like the method of construction. I'm sure this took a lot of planning. Good job!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed. I draft patterns for everything I make and before I do that I have to know how exactly I'm going to be assembling it. Cheers!
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elexti Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir, are really too amazing at this. Beautiful work!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:ahoy: Thank you! It's very rewarding to put the effort into an item like this and then have such a beautiful result when finished.
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Jayj9870 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I Saw on one of your earlier comments that you told someone if they had any questions on how to make a bag just ask, do you have some kind of guide as well as the materials you need? :o
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been doing this for several years now and I come up with the patterns and directions for construction myself. Often times it's the intended purpose of the item that determines what materials I will be using. Does that make sense?
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Jayj9870 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Yess I see what you mean. So It bascally Varies on the type of materials you eed hen it comes to the purpose. What if it was just a basic.. err... Leather Mesenger bag For holding Items
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Sweet-Mint Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! WANT!!!
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kyriesin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I've searched high and low for a bag such as this, it's a dream come true. The craftsmanship and design is so simple and wonderful and everything is so clean. Running across campus from one class to the next would be so much easier and stylish all at once. Would seriously buy if you plan on selling. D: Even if you don't, it's still awesome.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would make another one of these, send me a note and we can discuss the details.
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amiears Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I second this, because I most definotdly started day-dreaming when I saw this bag
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un-angel-llora Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is beatifull :D
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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CandySugarArt Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woah..... im about to go to 7th grade and ive heard there is gonna be some serial killer books. I got a paypal account and i love this bag totally its so freakin gorgeous!!! I wanna buy it!!!! (i hope its cheap if you sell it... xD )
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honey-senpai12 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would defiantly buy a one of these if you are going to sell them.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do indeed, but only per individual request. Send me a note if you're interested and we can cover the details.
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illiztrations Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Please let us all know if you make some to sell!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Currently the only items I sell are one-off commissions. So if you're interested in one like this, send me a note and we can discuss the details.
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odcinki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Stylish.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :ahoy:
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Zitronen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Oh my, is there a slight possibility to buy this bag? It is absolutely gorgeous and EXACTLY the one I always wanted!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed. I do make a lot of items to sell, but only as one-off commissions. Send me a note if you're interested.
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bbabel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. Ehere can I buy one?
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:iconmarcusstratus:
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only from me. I do everything bespoke, so if you're interested send me a note and we can discuss the details.
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troubspen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Wow, that is so neat. I would LOVE to have one. (Unfortunately, Can't afford at the moment)
But, IF you were to sell something like this, might I ask about how much this would go for, out of curiosity?
Thanks, keep up the fine work.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wasn't properly keeping track of time when I made this bag, because I wasn't making it to sell. If I were to keep track of the time on another I expect it would be in the $1-1.5K range.
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Devificents Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I wanna buy this bag!! >':
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Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :ahoy:
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Solouroboros Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
If this was only a big larger, I could fit my laptop inside....shucks.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha indeed. The person I made it for has a small laptop, otherwise I would have made it wider.
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codyverrigno Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
can I use that for my game?
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