DIY Box: The Ultimate Crossbody

144,00 

The Ultimate Crossbody - your new favourite handbag, made by you. With our DIY box you can easily make this handbag yourself. And then you'll have a unique piece in your hands that no one else has!

Choose from different style options and even add your own monogram.

1. colour selection*

  • Dark Blush 0,00 
    Dark taupe 0,00 
    Light Taupe 0,00 
    Pastel Rose 0,00  - sold out
    Light Blush 0,00 
    Fuchsia 0,00 
    Ox Blood Red 0,00 
    Royal Blue 0,00  - sold out
    Black 0,00 
    Classic Cognac 0,00 
    Dark Chocolate 0,00  - sold out
    Clear White 0,00 
    Finding Nemo 0,00 
    Dusty Blue 0,00 
    Light Grey 0,00 
    Navy Blue 0,00  - sold out
  • Dark Blush 0,00 
    Light Blush 0,00  - sold out
    Light Taupe 0,00 
    Dark taupe 0,00 
    Pastel Rose 0,00  - sold out
    Fuchsia 0,00 
    Royal Blue 0,00  - sold out
    Ox Blood Red 0,00 
    Black 0,00 
    Dark Chocolate 0,00 
    Navy Blue 0,00 
    Clear White 0,00  - sold out
    Classic Cognac 0,00 
    Finding Nemo 0,00 
    Dusty Blue 0,00 
    Light Grey 0,00 
  • Light Gold 0,00 
    Silver 0,00 
  • Sand 0,00 
    Dark Anthracite 0,00 

    Tip: Choose the lining to match the colour of the metal parts, i.e. Sand for Light Gold and Dark Anthracite for Silver.

2. carrying variant*

  • Chain long (110cm) 0,00 
    Chain short (60cm) 0,00 
    Statement Belt 0,00 
    Leather belt short (54-70cm) 5,00 
    Leather belt long (88-128cm) 10,00 
    Leather belt long (129-186cm) 10,00 
    Statement Belt Wide 2,00 

    A chain or a normal width statement strap is included with your crossbody bag. If you prefer a different carrying option, we will charge you the difference. You can see the difference below the total price as "Sum of options".

  • Chain long (110cm) 0,00 
    Chain short (60cm) 0,00 
    Statement Belt 0,00 
    Leather belt short (54-70cm) 5,00 
    Leather belt long (88-128cm) 10,00 
    Leather belt long (129-186cm) 10,00 
    Statement Belt Wide 2,00 

    A chain or a normal width statement strap is included with your crossbody bag. If you prefer a different carrying option, we will charge you the difference. You can see the difference below the total price as "Sum of options".

  • Teeth grey red white black 0,00  - sold out
    Cross pattern natural navy beige 0,00 
    Uni natural white 0,00 
    Woven tobacco 0,00 
    Uni medium taupe 0,00 
    jagged mint petrol 0,00 
    Braided fuchsia pink white 0,00 
    Pattern dark blue nemo red 0,00 
    Pattern black white 0,00 
    Stripe green Nemo glitter 0,00 
    Spikes beige red black glitter 0,00 
    Prongs taupe white 0,00 
  • Striped Salmon Orange 0,00  - sold out
    Striped Dark Green Gold Copper 0,00 
    Striped Salmon Dark Red 0,00 
    Pattern Blue Light blue Dark blue 0,00 
    Prong Cinnamon Nature 0,00 
    Pattern Triangles Bordeaux Beige Camel 0,00 
    Serrated Diagonal Black Nature 0,00 
    Serrated Pattern Black White 0,00 
    Jagged Pattern Beige Green Black White 0,00  - sold out
  • Chain long (110cm) 19,00 
    Chain short (60cm) 19,00 
    Statement Belt 19,00 
    Leather belt short (54-70cm) 24,00 
    Leather belt long (88-128cm) 29,00 
    Leather belt long (129-186cm) 29,00 
    Statement Belt Wide 21,00 
  • Chain long (110cm) 19,00 
    Chain short (60cm) 19,00 
    Statement Belt 19,00 
    Leather belt short (54-70cm) 24,00 
    Leather belt long (88-128cm) 29,00 
    Leather belt long (129-186cm) 29,00 
    Statement Belt Wide 21,00 
  • Teeth grey red white black 0,00  - sold out
    Cross pattern natural navy beige 0,00 
    Uni natural white 0,00 
    Woven tobacco 0,00 
    Uni medium taupe 0,00 
  • Striped Salmon Orange 0,00  - sold out
    Striped Dark Green Gold Copper 0,00 
    Striped Salmon Dark Red 0,00 
    Pattern Blue Light blue Dark blue 0,00 
    Prong Cinnamon Nature 0,00 
    Pattern Triangles Bordeaux Beige Camel 0,00 
    Serrated Diagonal Black Nature 0,00 
    Serrated Pattern Black White 0,00 
    Jagged Pattern Beige Green Black White 0,00  - sold out

3. personalisation (optional)

  • Personalization 8,00 
    Trapunto Kit 12,00 
    Rivet set 0,00 

    You can still buy a bag charm or bag patches in our online shop.

  • Min: 1 characterMax: 8 characters

  • Min: 1 characterMax: 3 characters

  • Min: 1 characterMax: 8 characters

  • Min: 1 characterMax: 3 characters

  • With percussion tools 7mm 15,00 
    Without striking tool 0,00 
  • Silver 100 piece 9,00 
    Light Gold 100 pieces 9,00 

4. add or omit something (optional)

  • Key pendant 4,00 
    Spectacle case 12,00 
    Passport / Vaccination Card Cover 22,00 
    Luggage tag 12,00 
  • Sewing clamp 29,00 
    Needle gripper made of silicone 5,40 
    Round awl from Vergez Blanchard 14,00 
    Edge former from Prym 5,00 

    All the tools you need to make the crossbody bag are in your DIY box. The options shown here can make it easier for you to make the bag or offer additional customisation options, but they are not absolutely necessary.

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Our favourite bag, made by you.
With our DIY box you can easily make this crossbody bag yourself. Afterwards you'll have a unique piece in your hands that no one else has! 

Perfectly suited also for beginners!
Whether you're a DIY pro or have never worked with leather before. The step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on the basics give you all the important information on how to make them. 

Your ideal companion for on the go.
The Modern Saddle can hold a 0.5-litre bottle, a large wallet and a few small items (glasses, make-up, mobile phone). Perfect for every day! The different carrying options such as chain, statement strap or leather strap allow you to style it both chic and casual. 

Customise your DIY box the way you want it.
Choose from different style options and even add your own monogram.

WHAT DO I GET?

Details and variants

The Ultimate Crossbody - your new favourite handbag, made byyou.
With this design you have the perfect bag for every occasion. The eye-catching click buckle makes the Crossbody a real eye-catcher: casual or elegant, with chain, statement strap or leather strap.

Size and details

The crossbody has the following dimensions: 26cm wide, 16cm high, 7cm deep (at the deepest point). For orientation: It fits exactly a normal 0.5l bottle, a large wallet and some small items. There is also a 20cm wide inner pocket.

Carrying options

The sky is the limit! You can choose from: Link chains in short or long, statement belt to be made in your individual length (NEW: also available in extra wide as a real statement belt!) and leather belts in three different lengths. The price of the DIY box includes the chains or the normal statement belt. If you prefer a different wearing option, you will be charged the difference. 

Contents of the DIY Box
In your high-quality DIY box you will find everything you need to make your Crossbody: Leather, reinforcement and lining 
  • Leather parts in the colour and texture of your choice, cut out and stitched with seam holes
  • Tailored reinforcement parts made of leather fibre fabric 
  • Cut canvas lining parts in the colour of your choice 

Metal accessories in light gold or silver

  • Two-piece click buckle for fastening to the flap and the front of the bag, including screws and fastening braces
  • Key for the click buckle to lock the click mechanism 
  • D-rings for attaching your chosen carrying option
  • A wearing option of your choice: 
    • necklace with carabiners, long (110cm) to wear around the neck 
    • necklace with carabiners, short (60cm) to wear over the shoulder
    • Statement strap with strap of your choice (1,25cm, can be shortened) in two widths 
    • Leather belt short (54-70cm) to wear over the shoulder 
    • Leather belt long (88-128cm or 129-186cm) to wear around the neck 

Supplementary materials & tools

  • Sewing thread in the matching leather colour
  • Saddler's needles with blunt point 
  • Document clips to hold the leather pieces together while sewing 
  • Leather glue for bonding lining and leather
  • Brush for applying the glue 
  • Edge colour in the colour of the leather
  • Basecoat as primer before colour application 
  • Edge roller pen for applying edge colour and basecoat
  • Abrasive sponge to roughen the edge between applications of the edge paint (for better adhesion of the individual layers)
  • Mini screwdriver for fixing the flap screws 

Step-by-Step Guide & Videos

  • Download link to the detailed, illustrated step-by-step instructions for making your crossbody bag
  • Download link to the detailed instructions for the basics of leather processing (German, English, French) 
  • Access links to our three explanatory videos for the basics of leather processing (German and English)
By the way: The packaging of the Ultimate Crossbody is a high-quality drawer box, handmade in a factory in Germany. It is ideal as gift packaging or for storing small items such as your tools - or as a dust box for your bag.
Materials

All the materials in the DIY box have been carefully selected and tested by us in advance. When selecting them, we pay attention to high quality, but also to easy handling, so that beginners can also get along well with the DIY box.

The leather 

We source our chrome-tanned cowhide from an Italian tannery whose customers include major Italian luxury leather goods manufacturers. The chrome tanning ensures that your leather accessories are durable and resistant to scratches, water and other everyday influences. With a smooth leather version and a grain embossed leather, there's something for everyone. You can read more about our leather here read more. 

The other materials 

The metal parts create great highlights and turn your leather accessory into a real masterpiece. You can choose between two different colours, light gold and silver! The parts can be easily attached either by hand or with the included tool. 

Our edge colour comes from a renowned Italian manufacturer who supplies producers of luxury leather goods from all over the world. When it comes to edge colour, high quality is very important. On the one hand, they must adhere well to the surface and be resistant to scratches and impacts, but on the other hand, they must also retain their flexibility and not break at curves or bends. We mix the edge colour according to special formulas, exactly matched to the leather colours offered here.

Leather sewing thread is another material that is particularly important for the quality of your leather accessories. The special leather sewing thread is a twisted polyester thread that is both durable and perfectly colour-coordinated with the leather you have chosen. The enclosed beeswax piece allows you to wax the thread before sewing. We source the yarn on large rolls and have it unwound onto small cards in a workshop for the disabled, so you have exactly the amount you need. 

The tool 

Because we want you to be able to get started as soon as you receive your box, we have included all the tools you need. They are so easy to use that no additional explanation is needed. By the way, the tools are still used in traditional leather crafting. 

The preparation of the parts & the instructions  

Of course, high-quality materials that match each other are only half the battle! The preparation of the materials and detailed step-by-step instructions are also important to make your very own leather accessories with fun and without uncertainty.

We prepare the leather parts with holes so that you only have to glue the parts to the lining and "thread" the yarn through the prepared holes. A successful result guaranteed! In our video tutorials we explain all the necessary basics of leather crafting and our download instructions describe step by step what you need to do when to make your accessories. 

Personalisation options

With the Ultimate Crossbody, you can apply different personalisation options. The community's favourite is definitely our monogram embossing.

Make your leather accessories unique and choose from the following options:

  • Colour of the monogram: foil in silver or light gold, or a blind embossing without foil
  • Position on the bag (bag body, inside pocket, statement strap) 
  • Text or motif, e.g. made by me lettering> depending on the position you select, the appropriate options are displayed

If you choose an individual monogram, it will always be in Times New Roman font in capital letters with a font height of 8mm. You can choose from capital letters of the entire alphabet A-Z, including umlauts. You can also choose from the following symbols (simply copy here and paste into the text field above): ✈︎ ★ # & @ ? ! + - and a dog's paw. To select the dog paw, please enter the character § in the text field.If you would like to order more than one embossing in different positions, you can tick the box "Select another embossing" and select the personalisations again. Tip: A monogram embossing on the leather parts of the statement belt also looks very cool! The embossing is individually applied to the leather in our production using a machine. The letters are clamped into the machine, which is heated to over 100 degrees and the letters are then pressed into the leather with or without foil.

Want even more personalisation options?

You can also use the trapunto technique or rivets on your crossbody bag! We will explain exactly how the individual techniques work in the corresponding instructions. 

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Here is something really great: DIY kits with which you have the possibility to sew a leather bag YOURSELF. And the great thing is: you don't even have to know anything about leather crafting! The box contains absolutely everything you need, including tools. There are also very easy to understand instructions with lots of tips. I've never worked with leather before and now I'm making my 7th (yes, seventh! 🤣) bag. It's just so much fun and the results are impressive. The finished bags don't look homemade at all, but very high quality. The many personalisation options are also great. The customer service is also very friendly, quick and helpful. I can only recommend it! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Becky via Trustpilot

I was sceptical at first and thought to myself whether it was really possible to do it myself ...But then I simply tried it out and lo and behold, the the result is really impressive and I am mega thrilled 🤩
The customer service is also really nice and helpful, really super people! Gladly again!

Fabienne A. via Trustpilot

I came across Bags and Pieces through Instagram and found the concept super exciting. When the development process for the shopper was finished, I had to take advantage of the introductory offer. The DIY box arrived beautifully in a decorative box and the instructions are clearly explained. When I started the first steps I was still unsure for fear of making a mistake, but then I really had fun sewing and gluing. It is so exciting to see how a leather bag slowly takes shape. The edge work still needs patience, but it's worth it. Now I'm super proud of myself and the owner of a high-quality bag that I sewed myself. It also fits my laptop perfectly with a thin protective cover. In the meantime, I can also call the Bucket Bag and a Crossbody my own, because the DIY boxes are really addictive 🙈

Nici from Switzerland, via Instagram

At first I had my doubts because I had absolutely no idea about making handbags. about making handbags, but I have to say I'm totally hooked. For the products of BAGS & PIECES you don't need any previous knowledge and you definitely don't have to behave any fear of. The products are super high quality and the instructions are really easy to understand. I have never made anything like this before and have found something very special for myself. something special for me which is really fun and a great distraction from everyday life.Special mention must be made of theI have not had such friendly and helpful service for years. If I could give stars stars, I would give it 12 out of 10 stars!For me, this has become a great hobby where even as a beginner you don't have to be afraid. have need be afraid. 👍🏻😊

Manuela L. via Instagram

Heartfelt recommendation! I am an absolute fan.Starting with the idea that everyone can decide for themselves what their own glued, sewn and sealed bag should look like, sewn, sealed bag - almost no wish remains unfulfilled here. And if there is, there is an excellent customer service - super warm, open and always solution-oriented. solution-orientedI have hardly ever experienced anything like it. You can feel the passion behind this company - here the customer is king or queen. The shipping is super fastThe boxes and the leather are of high quality and everything is packed with love. Everything is included that is needed for a self-made bag, without any prior knowledge. I remain a regular customer - as you can see. 😁

Lisa Z. via Trustpilot

Your unique piece with monogram

Free shipping 

Infinite combinations 

FURTHER INFORMATION

How does it work?

Our DIY box is designed so that you can make your Ultimate Crossbody without any previous knowledge of leather crafts. All the materials you need are included in the box, so you don't have to buy anything else (we assume you have a pair of scissors at home ☺️). 

The highlight of our DIY boxes:

The pieces are already cut and have holes for sewing. This way we can guarantee that everything fits together perfectly and you can sew the bag by hand without much effort. Also with the metal accessories, we make sure to only use parts that can also be attached by laymen without special machines - and are of course well fixed. We often work with small screws (the screwdriver is also included in your DIY box). As soon as you have put together your DIY box, you will receive an email from us with the order confirmation and access to the instructions and basic videos. You can then watch these in advance or when your DIY box arrives. And then you can get started!

Is the project suitable for beginners?
The unequivocal answer: YES! 

Why are we so sure about that?

Because over 3,000 people have already sewn one of our DIY boxes and over 92% of our customers have said that they had never worked with leather before or had only done small craft projects. Because the techniques are always repeated (gluing, sewing, edging) and we have created detailed videos for all three topics that explain everything in detail, you will have learned everything you need to make the bag in just a few minutes. In addition, the parts are already cut to size and have seam holes. So technically speaking, there is only one sensible way for the parts to fit together. But of course we have also explained this with photos and text in our step-by-step instructions. If, contrary to expectations, you should ever have any questions, our very popular and highly rated customer support will be happy to help you. You can reach us Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 via email at hello@bagsandpieces.co

An important note: 

This DIY project is perfect for you if you like trying new things and have a certain affinity for DIY and crafting in general. You don't have to be particularly good at handicrafts, but you should still enjoy making things yourself. 
How long does the production take?

As a rough guide, the Ultimate Crossbody takes approx. 7 - 8 hours to make (including drying times for the edge colour). 

Sounds long? 

It is! But in the end, that's what distinguishes handmade things from almost fashion. Many of our customers say that they have a completely different appreciation for their handmade products and are incredibly proud to own a 100% individual and handmade handbag. And a little heads up: many customers enjoy the production so much that it rarely stays with just one bag ☺️. So if you want some me-time, a balance to your everyday life or some creative time with friends and you enjoy being creative and learning new techniques, then the time will fly by.Furthermore, you can divide the steps into different parts, for example, you can make the flap on one evening, the inner bag on another, etc. Another advantage is that it doesn't take up much space and you can pack and unpack your DIY box whenever you have time.

Where does the leather come from?
The leather for our standard collection comes from Italy, where we have it tanned in a tannery using innovative methods. The raw hides come from South America for the grained leather and from North America for the smooth leather. More detailed information on the type of tanning, the origin of the leather and our opinion on the subject of sustainability can be found at here

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Your new favourite handbag, made by you. With our DIY boxes you can easily make your own genuine leather accessories. And afterwards you'll have a unique piece in your hands that no one else has! Perfect for beginners too. With our step-by-step instructions, we provide you with all the important information and basics of leather processing.

Your ideal companion for on the go. Our Ultimate Crossbody fits a 0.5l water bottle and a few small items (small wallet, sunglasses, make-up, keys, mobile phone). This makes it your ideal companion when you're on the go.